Sunday, July 31, 2016

1 Chronicles 17

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Chronicles 17. 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?)
  • It bothered David (see verse 1) that he had spent his money on himself (to build a nice home for himself) rather than on God (who "lived" in a tent rather than a house).
  • God didn't want David to be the one to build his temple because he was a warrior who had shed much blood (see 1 Kings 5:3).
  • When God speaks of "establishing forever" the throne of David's "son," (verse 14) he is referring to the sovereignty of Jesus, who was a direct descendant of David.
  • Verse 16 is one of the very few references to sitting to pray in the Bible. What we learn is that prayer can happen in any posture.
  • The reference in verses 21-22 to Israel's exodus out of Israel would have been important at this time because the Israelites were coming out of exile in Babylon, and the author is trying to remind them of their history and what God has done for them.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • David knew that God is more important and deserved more prominence than he did, which is why he wanted to build God a temple. When God says no, David's son would be the one to do it, David responded with humility, not resentment. We also see David's humility when, after God promised to bless him, "Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?"
  • The fact that David is humble may not be surprising, but we also learn in this chapter that God is humble. We see God say that He had "lived" in a tent for awhile, and had never asked for a better or more permanent home. And, when David offers, he refuses. God is humble. We see that in the life of Jesus. Jesus was God, come to earth, and in His life Jesus was humble. He said He "came not to be served, but to serve to give His life" (Mark 10:45). We see Him consistently spend time with people who were ostracized, wash people's dirty feet, helping the sick...
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • As David was humble, and as God is humble, we are to be humble. How about an honest assessment: Do you view yourself as the center and most important thing in your life? Or do you view God as the center and most important, and you as someone who is here not to be served, but to serve and give your life away?
    • Humble people look for ways to serve. Do you?
    • Humble people are basically impossible to offend. Do you get offended?
    • Humble people view their resources as a way of helping others. Do you?
  • How could you grow more humility? Typically, you become more humble by doing humble things. The change of heart often follows a change of actions. So, while you should pray and ask God for a more humble heart, what if you started looking for ways to humble yourself by doing servant-minded things? That's your assignment for this week!