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August 10 + Daily readings & notes

DAY 222

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DAILY READINGS

1 Chronicles 15-17 & Psalm 67

DAILY NOTES

1 Chronicles 15
  • David is ready once again to bring the ark to Jerusalem.  The last we read about the ark it was at Obed-edom's house for three months.  There is proper preparation made this time.  The Levites are commissioned to carry the ark and are made to sanctify themselves.  
    • Imagine that...doing things God's way first.
  • Even the dancing and praise seem more organized.  Particular people have their roles.
  • David wears a linen ephod, which are reserved for the priests.  
  • Did Michal have problems before when David danced?
    • Compare the stories of 2 Samuel 6 with this chapter.
1 Chronicles 16
  • As the ark is put in its place, David responds with offerings to God and gifts to the people--sermon alert! sermon alert!
  • See Psalms 105, 95 and 106 for reference.
  • The "regular" ministering of the ark is maintained now.
1 Chronicles 17
  • Here we get a glimpse of the prophet/king relationship.  The prophet, in part, is the king's spiritual adviser.  David gives Nathan his idea and the prophet affirms it.  In this case, Nathan comes back to share with David what God thinks of David's idea.
  • In David's prayer, we see what God has planned for him and the attitude David took before God.  Remember, he was the man after God's own heart.

OTHER OBSERVATIONS

I remember one of our churches used to have a banner hanging in its sanctuary.  It read: Before all else fails, read the Bible.

The implication, of course, is that we tend to do the opposite.  We try everything we can or what we think is right.  When that doesn't work, we "go back to the drawing board" or "back to the basics."  Let's see if there's something in the Bible.

Our first step is recognizing there is direction for us in the words of scripture.  Don't go "back" to the Bible.  Start with and continue with the Bible.

But we also have to realize that just because something's in the Bible doesn't mean we're actually going to follow through.  David and everyone else knew what to do with that ark.  It was written.  It was known.  For whatever reason, David went with Plan B.  And that turned out horribly.

That's our lesson for today.  We're not just reading the Bible for the sake of reading the Bible.  We're learning how to make scripture a part of our vocabulary, our understanding and our foundation for making decisions.  

Now, get back to reading.

Stay blessed...john

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