Saturday, July 16, 2016

1 Chronicles 11

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Chronicles 11. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • To see more details of David becoming king and capturing Jerusalem, see 2 Samuel 5.
  • Notice that the author is emphasizing that what is happening, though all occurring on a human stage with human characters, is following a script written by God (see verses 2 and 3). The Israelites were coming out of captivity in Babylon and must have felt like God had abandoned them and they were the subjects of chance and powerful human forces beyond their control. The author of Chronicles wants them to realize that God is the one in charge and that nothing will thwart his plans.
  • The author also emphasizes "all Israel" (see verse 1 and 4). Again, because of Israel's recent history of being exiled, the author wants to remind them of their former unity.
  • David shows humility (though perhaps not a lot of gratitude) when he decides he is unworthy of drinking the water his men risked their lives to get, so he offers it to God instead (verses 15-19).
  • At Verve, we once did a series called "Lion Chasers" inspired by Benaiah (verse 22) and a book written about him, "In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day."
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • David was anointed king over Israel, at God's command, by the prophet Samuel (see 1 Samuel 16:1-13). He then waits 20 years before actually becoming king. He becomes king and waits 7 1/2 years before capturing Jerusalem. David trusted God. He had many opportunities to take the plan for his life into his own hands (for instance, he had several perfect chances to kill King Saul so he could immediately become king) but never grabs them. Instead, he patiently waited and trusted that God was in control and knew what He was doing. We see David's power increasing because of his trust in God, whereas his predecessor Saul saw his power decrease because he didn't trust God. We need to trust God.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you trust God? How "active" is your trust? Where do you see yourself grabbing at the plan for your life in a way that might violate God's plan for your life? For instance, if you ever lie or manipulate to get your way or get something for yourself, that would be dishonoring God, and doing so because you believe you need to advance your plan for your life instead of trusting His plan for your life. Or, if you date or considered marrying someone who doesn't share your faith in Jesus, that would be disobeying God, and doing so because you believe you need to advance your plan for your life instead of trusting His plan for your life.
    • Where do you need to let go and trust that God is in charge and will do what's best?
    • How can you get help to trust God more fully?