Our Scripture reading for today is 1 Chronicles 23 – 2 Chronicles 4. I know as I read through this this morning there were names of the Levites, soldiers, mighty men, artisans who would make the designs and so on, and so on.
I did mark a few verses that stood out to me as encouraging, uplifting, convicting, and informational too.
First let’s look at the encouraging;
“And David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.’ ” 1 Chronicles 28:20 (KJB)
I do think we need a reminder that the Chronicles was written possibly by Ezra, as the people of God were getting ready to leave Babylon and return to the Promised Land. It is written to set the families in their order, and remember their history as the people of God.
These words spoken by David to encourage his son Solomon would surely encourage the people as they took that arduous journey of about 600 miles overland to Jerusalem. It can be for the Christian as well, in 2020; and no matter where the child of God finds themselves today.
Also words that are uplifting and convicting we read in David’s prayer,
“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? For all things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee.” 29:14
This prayer is from verse 10 through verse 19 of chapter 29, and is a prayer for the building of the Temple, and the gifts of the people. Note David’s recognition of the gifts given, as being able to give only because the ability to give comes from God Himself.
O, how we need to realize that all things are God’s and we are blessed to be stewards of all He has placed in our hands. When we come to that realization, then we will become more generous givers.
Now for just a bit of information. We have seen pictures of log “rafts” being floated to destinations for loading, and hauling to sawmills. We see that picture in the words of Scripture in the letter from Hiram to Solomon,
“We will cut logs from Lebanon, as many as you need, and bring them to you as rafts by sea to Joppa. You can then take them up to Jerusalem.” 2 Chronicles 2:16 (CSB)
God blesses the work of His people. He provides a way. He has provided that His people be His temple (1 Corinthians 3:16), by the presence of the Holy Spirit of God in you by and through the work of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.