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July 16 – The Contentious Woman is a Constant Dripping

July 16
1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32
Romans 3:9-31
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 19:13-14

1 Chronicles 22:5 – Of all the mistakes that David made, he never gave God less than his best. Look at the inventory in 1 Chronicles 22:14.

1 Chronicles 23:30 – Just because this isn’t your job doesn’t mean you’re prohibited from doing this.

Romans 3:10 – Paul borrows from Psalm 14. From David’s time to Paul’s time the truth was universal, no one is righteous. The sins are numerous: deceit (Romans 3:13), cursing (Romans 3:14), murder (Romans 3:15) – but it is summarized in a lesson from Proverbs – needing the Fear of the LORD. David recognized this characteristic as essential (2 Samuel 23:3). If you need a refresher on how you are guilty, let’s go to the law.

Romans 3:22 – Notice the contrast – Romans 3:22 – righteousness on all who believe, vs. Romans 3:20 – No flesh shall be justified. Romans 3:23 all have sinned, while in Romans 3:24 all could be justified.

Psalm 12:7 – Paul talked yesterday about the Jews as the guardians of the law. God used them as part of His process to preserve His Word forever.

Proverbs 19:13 – Forever Be Sure wrote a song based on this verse. Enjoy! (By the way – my wife is a Proverbs 19:14 woman!)

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July 15 – Whitewashed David? Where was the Temple?

July 15
1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30
Romans 2:25-3:8
Psalm 11:1-7
Proverbs 19:10-12

1 Chronicles 19:19 – Why were the servants of Hadarezer put to the worse? Because of 1 Chronicles 19:13 – the battle was given to the LORD.

1 Chronicles 20:1 – Did the phrase “at the time that kings go out to battle” jump out at you? That was the warning phrase that something bad happened in 2 Samuel, the David and Bathsheba incident. 2 Samuel 11:1 matches 1 Chronicles 20:1, but 1 Chronicles 20:2 jumps ahead to 2 Samuel 12:30. Why is David “whitewashed” by the Chronicler? From Dr. Mark Shipp:

Related to this program of restoration is the idealizing of two of Israel’s leaders, David and Solomon, and also the idealizing of temple worship and organization based in their initiatives. Unlike Samuel and Kings, which show Israel’s rulers “warts and all,” David and especially Solomon are depicted almost without flaws. I think the reason for this depiction, and the reason they begin the book (after a series of genealogies), is because they are the examples of true and righteous kingship and examples of what it means to “seek the Lord.” If Israel will be restored in the post-exilic age it will be because they seek the Lord in worship, devotion, and faithfulness as David and Solomon did.

…I think the main importance of Chronicles for us is that the author of Chronicles held out the belief that God was not done with the covenant with David yet. The author was the flag-bearer for messianism in the post-exilic age, that is, that God would one day restore a son of David to the throne. Christians know who that son of David was, and they know what righteous kingship looks like. Part of the reason for the expectation of a Messiah in the New Testament era is because the author of Chronicles “paved the way” by focusing on God’s faithfulness to his promises to David and by his call to Judeans in the post-exilic era to seek the Lord. We would do well to pay attention to those themes today.

Pastor James W Knox gives a better answer in my opinion. As Psalm 103:12 states, David’s sins were forgiven. God remembered them no more!

1 Chronicles 21:7 – Why was God so angry with David for the census?  Deuteronomy 17:18 says that the King was to hand copy the entire law/Torah (Genesis – Deuteronomy). So David should have been very familiar with all of God’s commands in the Torah, all 613 of them. In Exodus 30:12 it was clearly stated that if you take a census, everyone had to pay a ransom to the LORD for his life to prevent a plague. The exact reasons are unclear even to commentators, but David should have known it was wrong to do it improperly. Similar to the carrying the Ark improperly cost Uzzah’s life (2 Samuel 6:7), and handling strange fire cost Nadab & Abihu’s life (Leviticus 10:2). Dexter Penwell notes:

Each person was to provide a half shekel silver coin of redemption (Exodus 30:12). In the Bible, silver represents blood. So those half shekel coins represented that each person being counted was redeemed by blood….(Exodus 30:12-16) states that if those redemption coins were not provided, then there would be a plague among the people. So, what happened was what was stated in Exodus. As a side note, the bases (sockets) for the boards of the holy place and the holy of holies were made from the original redemption coins.

1 Chronicles 21:30 – God used the sword of the angel to point David to the new spot for His House. No longer the altar at Gibeon, but the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. Dr. Leen Ritmeyer has a great post on the location of this sacrifice:

Jewish tradition maintains that David’s altar was built (c. 980 BC) on the same place that Abraham had erected his altar in preparation for the sacrifice of Isaac, before God intervened. Based on the relationship between Herod’s Temple and the Rock inside the Dome of the Rock, the altar would have been located just east of the Dome of the Chain, as depicted in this photograph: https://www.ritmeyer.com/2014/10/27/the-temple-mount-in-jerusalem-during-the-jebusite-period/

While some claim that this was not on the “Temple Mount” but rather on the “City of David,” Dr. Leen Ritmeyer refutes that argument proposed by Dr. Ernest Martin and repeated by Bob Cornuke.

Romans 3:5 – Paul is re-orienting our thinking – to understand God we must first admit He is righteous, and of consequence, more righteous than us. (Romans 3:4).

Psalm 11:4 – The Psalmist notes the temple – and we think of the building that David tried to build. Yet the LORD cannot be contained on earth, or in heaven! (1 Kings 8:27). Yet even though he transcends the earth – he beholds the children of men.

Proverbs 19:11 – There are many offences that we could point to and make a stink about, yet it is our glory to pass over a wrong that someone has done to us. If we can forgive an action (intentional or unintentional) we are not just “the bigger man” – we have glory!

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July 14 – Who is Tou of Hamath?

July 14
1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17
Romans 2:1-24
Psalm 10:16-18
Proverbs 19:8-9

1 Chronicles 16:41 – This is the equivalent of today’s Americans reading the Federalist papers – reading about how our nation was established. The Israelites, hundreds of years after David would read the Chronicler’s account as he told what happened back at the founding of Israel. This verse echoes Psalm 136:1 (which is echoed in every verse of the Psalm), that the mercy of the LORD wasn’t just way back with the founding fathers – it endureth for ever – therefore it endures today!

David telling his plans to build a house for the LORD

1 Chronicles 17:12 – 22 times in 1 Chronicles is the term “for ever” used. The Davidic Covenant was forever, and it humbled David (1 Chronicles 17:16).

1 Chronicles 18:4 – This verse repeats almost verbatim 2 Samuel 8:4, because this points back to the Torah (Deuteronomy 17:16), and is an echo of what Joshua did (Joshua 11:9) at the battle of the waters of Merom.

1 Chronicles 18:9 – Who is this Tou of Hamath? Amazingly Hamath is referenced 39 times in the Old Testament! Associates for Biblical Research report that the man Anatolian archaeologists know as King Taita may be the Tou ally of David:

And what of King Taita, now emerged from obscurity as a powerful monarch of the Early Iron Age, possibly even descended from the great Hittite kings of the Empire? If such a king ruled over a large territory, is there mention of him elsewhere in ancient documents? So far the answer appears to be in the negative, at least not yet, unless you include the Old Testament, which brings us back to the city of Hama. Taita may have well been a contemporary—a friend and ally—to King David himself. The author of 2 Samuel knew him as Toi, King of Hamath (2 Sam 8:9-10; Tou in 1 Chron 18-9-10). David’s military victories over Hadadezer, King of Zobah and his Aramaean allies prompted Toi to send his son Joram as an envoy bearing gifts to the Israelite conqueror. For Hadadezer was warring against Toi, so forging an alliance with David made strategic sense. But how does Taita become Toi6 (Hebrew תּﬠיּ)?

Romans 2:15 – Everyone has the law of God written in their hearts – their conscience tells them that some things are right and some things are wrong. Now consciences are not all agreed (1 Corinthians 8:7), and can be seared (1 Timothy 4:2), defiled (Titus 1:15), and evil (Hebrews 10:22), but we are all aware that there is a moral law.

Romans 2:21-23 – Paul reiterates that knowledge of the explicit revealed law (The Torah in general, and even just the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) in particular) is not enough. Hearers are not justified, only doers are justified (Romans 2:13). Those who know the law and warn against stealing, adultery, idolatry – still commit these sins. Why? Paul, having shown the universality of the knowledge of right and wrong, will show that no matter our best attempts, we are all sinners.

Psalm 10:16 – We read earlier today about the Davidic Covenant of a king of Israel forever. Yet the LORD is King for ever. A thousand years after David – we will see these two declarations merge – the LORD becomes the son of David – to be King forever.

Proverbs 19:9 – This verse fits in with Paul’s warning that even those who preach against lying still lie. And Paul will show us that lying leads to death (Romans 6:23).

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July 13 – The Fruits of Bad Theology

July 13
1 Chronicles 15:1-16:36
Romans 1:18-32
Psalm 10:1-15
Proverbs 19:6-7

1 Chronicles 15:2 – David realizes his sin that caused the death of Uzzah (see yesterday’s notes on 1 Chronicles 13:10), and gathers over 800 Levites to carry the Ark. Notice also that he recognizes the eternal mandate of the Levites to minister. Now that the Exiles have returned to the land, the Chronicler is reminding them that the deeds of David hundreds of years ago are as relevant today as they were then.

1 Chronicles 15:29 – What was David’s dancing and why did it bother Michal? From the Pulpit Commentary:

The word in both of those verses that represents the dancing, does correctly so represent, bet is a somewhat generic form, as it carries the idea of dancing in a circle. The reason of Michal “despising David in her heart” can only be found in the unreason and the irreligion of that heart itself. She was a type of not a few, who despise devotion, enthusiasm, and above all practical liberality and generosity, on the part of any individual of their own family, when these are shown to Christ and his Church, and when they think they may be a trifle the poorer for it, or when they feel that the liberality and devotion of another exposes their own “poverty” in both these respects.

1 Chronicles 16:7 – This Psalm David edited and placed in our Psalter, as Psalm 105. Notice the similarity between Psalm 105:1-15 to 1 Chronicles 16:8-22. The major difference is between 1 Chronicles 16:15:

15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;

and Psalm 105:8:

8He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

In Psalm 105:8 as edited for the purposes of continual praise, they are reflecting on his effectively eternal covenant, whereas the Chronicler is emphasizing that in David’s first use of the Psalm, David is reminding the people to be mindful of this covenant. Similar to God’s gift of salvation, we have been given it, but we must also be mindful of it to work out our own salvation (Philippians 2:12).

1 Chronicles 16:26 – The Chronicler is emphasizing parts of Israel’s history that are important for the post-Exilic people to know – all gods are idols, but the LORD of Israel is greater because He is the Creator. It is His power as Creator that gives Him the authority over us.

Romans 1:18 – The false teaching today is that love is God. While God is love (1 John 4:8), God is wrathful in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Who are these people that He is angry at? Keep reading.

Romans 1:21-22 – I’m writing today’s piece from Canada, where the largest Protestant denomination is debating allowing atheist ministers. This followed the election of a practicing homosexual who is married to another homosexual, ordained minister , as Moderator (head of the church). Paul said this is the result of bad theology (Romans 1:26-27).

Romans 1:29 – Speaking of fruits of bad theology, the United Church of Canada has opened the doors to accepting fornication since 1965 (p.226), and abortion in 1971 (p.227). Now they are struggling with whether or not to ordain atheists ministers. As Paul goes on to expound in Romans 6:23 – these sins will result in death, and yet there are those who not only do this, but approve of this in their formal church documents.

Psalm 10:11 – The United Church of Christ (US-based) published a devotional that says:

Atheists are wrong, but they could be on to something. Maybe God is gone. Absent. Absence is not the same thing as non-existence. When someone you love dies, you encounter the presence of their absence.

This is the same thinking as what David was struggling with – those who believe God is hiding and will not see what is going on. But David realizes that God has seen (Psalm 10:14), and will requite it, and will help!

Proverbs 19:6-7 – Solomon notices the problem that James will address a thousand years later in James 2:4 – partiality is the tendency of man. Though it is natural, it is still sin (James 2:9).

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July 12 – The Just Shall Live by Faith!

July 12
1 Chronicles 12:19-14:17
Romans 1:1-17
Psalm 9:13-20
Proverbs 19:4-5

1 Chronicles 12:22 – Day by day the numbers grew. Daily faithfulness brings daily rewards.

1 Chronicles 13:1 – David’s leadership involved consulting with his captains. Having then presented his plan unto the people, it had universal acclaim (1 Chronicles 13:4). But he forgot that the Ark of God was not to be carried in a cart (1 Chronicles 13:7 – compare 1 Chronicles 15:15). And David skipped the part about multiplying wives (Deuteronomy 17:17) when he took more wives (1 Chronicles 14:3). But he did seek the LORD (1 Chronicles 14:10, 1 Chronicles 14:14).

1 Chronicles 13:10 –  Why was the LORD so angry at Uzzah that He killed him? Coudn’t God have prevented the oxen from stumbling? Even more troubling – the sin wasn’t solely Uzzah’s – it was David’s. David was obligated to read the entire law and hand copy it (Deuteronomy 17:18). In spite of that, David gave the orders to move it on an oxcart (1 Chronicles 13:6-7) and a bystander was killed for the act of disobedience even though he meant well. The LORD, given His control of the world, allowed / caused the oxen to stumble. Why? The LORD is a jealous and holy God (Exodus 34:14). As we know from the New Testament, the wages of even just one sin (James 2:10) is death (Romans 6:23), and so Uzzah died as a result of the sin of David. This is another example of substitutionary death in the Old Testament specifically with David. David’s sin with the Ark led to the death of Uzzah. David’s sin with Bathsheba led to the death of Uriah (2 Samuel 11:17), David & Bathsheba’s first son (2 Samuel 12:18). And then 70,000 men died (2 Samuel 24:15) for David’s census (2 Samuel 24:2) because it was done improperly (Exodus 30:12).

Substitutionary death is a big theme in the Bible. Paul teaches us in Romans 5:12 that one man’s sin caused many to die, but similarly (Romans 5:19) one man’s perfect obedience of all 613 laws of the Torah can bring eternal life (Romans 5:21) to all who believe.

It doesn’t seem “fair” to us but let us remember 1) God created morality – so it’s like arguing with Shakespeare what “Wherefore art thou Romeo?” really means; 2) God created us (Genesis 2:7) – so it’s like arguing with your artist neighbor who threw away a broken clay pot (Isaiah 45:9, Romans 9:21); 3) All men are sinners (Romans 3:23) and deserve death (Romans 6:23) and God has appointed that day (Hebrews 9:27); and finally 4) Uzzah should have known he was forbidden from touching the Ark (Numbers 4:15) – and if he didn’t know, his biblical illiteracy was fatal.

Romans 1:5 – Remember Paul’s preaching on the resurrection? Here is the basis of his message – the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

Romans 1:17 – In the early 1500s, a monk named Martin Luther made a discovery. From R C Sproul:

He says, “Here in it,” in the gospel, “the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, ‘the just shall live by faith.’” A verse taken from the book of Habakkuk in the Old Testament that is cited three times in the New Testament. As Luther would stop short and say, “What does this mean, that there’s this righteousness that is by faith, and from faith to faith? What does it mean that the righteous shall live by faith?” Which again as I said was the thematic verse for the whole exposition of the gospel that Paul sets forth here in the book of Romans. And so, the lights came on for Luther. And he began to understand that what Paul was speaking of here was a righteousness that God in His grace was making available to those who would receive it passively, not those who would achieve it actively, but that would receive it by faith, and by which a person could be reconciled to a holy and righteous God.

Psalm 9:14 – David rejoiced in the salvation of the LORD, delivering him from Saul, and the Philistines. Paul rejoiced in the salvation of the LORD, preserving him to be a testimony in Rome. Martin Luther discovered the salvation that came – not from becoming righteous but receiving the righteousness of God. Thank the LORD for His Salvation!

Proverbs 19:5 – Truth is your ultimate defense. Yes in the short run it may seem that lying may save you trouble – the parent without discernment who asks the two sons if they stole a candybar (both of them had), and the one son admits it and is punished, the other denies it, and is not punished. But even though in the short run telling the truth may seem costly, telling a lie is far more expensive.

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July 11 – Commencement of the Davidic Reign

July 11
1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18
Acts 28:1-31
Psalm 9:1-12
Proverbs 19:1-3

1 Chronicles 11:2-3 – The beginning of the Davidic reign is marked by 1) the promise of the LORD God that David would rule, 2) a covenant between the elders of Israel and David in Hebron, and 3) the fulfillment of Samuel’s declaration of the Word of the LORD. The nation of Israel was not an accident, but a fulfillment of the Word of the LORD. As David stayed near the LORD, the LORD blessed David (1 Chronicles 11:9), and saved his mighty men (1 Chronicles 11:14), and received the offering of the mighty men (1 Chronicles 11:18),

1 Chronicles 11:41 – As we walk thru the halls of the Davidic Museum in Chronicles, we look at the exploits of the warriors who trusted David and David’s LORD and won many battles. But in this Hall of Fame, we see the name of Uriah the Hittite, and our memories are triggered of the warning of the courtier in 2 Samuel 11:3.

1 Chronicles 12:1 – Ziklag, the small town on the frontier of the border with the Philistines, was the headquarters of David’s government-in-exile. Now the roll call of those willing to break with Saul, even those of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 12:2). We must be willing to give up tribal loyalty for loyalty to the Word of the LORD.

Acts 28:6 – Paul by now puts no faith in the opinion of the crowds. He had preached the gospel in Lystra and went from being a curiosity (Acts 14:7), to being worshipped (Acts 14:11), to being stoned (Acts 14:19), all in the span of a few verses.

Yes, even Paul’s LORD had the multitudes shouting Hosanna! (Matthew 21:9) and less than a week later shouting Crucify! (Matthew 27:22).

Acts 28:14 – Interesting – the soldiers who earlier wanted to kill Paul because it would be a hassle to throw him on the lifeboat (Acts 27:42), were now allowing Paul to spend a week with his fellow cultists (from their perspective) in Puteoli (Acts 28:13).

Acts 28:23 – Some preachers today say we need to “unhitch” ourselves from the Old Testament. Paul used the Old Testament as a bridge to take his beloved fellow Israelites to faith in his LORD Jesus, the Messiah.

Acts 28:31 – The history of the Church ends with Paul preaching Jesus. May our lives end on the same note!

Psalm 9:3 – Yes the Psalmist tells what has happened to Paul. His enemies were turned back from their purposes of killing Paul (Acts 27:42), from their judging of him (Acts 28:4). The LORD was Paul’s refuge (Psalm 9:9), and Paul put his trust in the LORD (Psalm 9:10), and sought to share the name of the LORD with the Israelites of Rome, and so declared His doings (Psalm 9:11).

Proverbs 19:1 – Yes, riches are enjoyable, but better to be poor with integrity.

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July 10 – Out of the Genealogies!

July 10
1 Chronicles 9:1-10:14
Acts 27:21-44
Psalm 8:1-9
Proverbs 18:23-24

1 Chronicles 9:1 – Sin has consequences. (Have you caught that message yet?) The transgressors are contrasted with Phinehas, who the LORD was with.

1 Chronicles 9:34 – In the previous verses we saw the records of the porters (1 Chronicles 9:22), the door openers (1 Chronicles 9:27), those in charge of the vessels (1 Chronicles 9:28), the bakers (1 Chronicles 9:32), and the singers (1 Chronicles 9:33). As we read earlier, the Chronicles were written during the Return after the Exile. As GTY points out:

The chronicler’s selective genealogy and history of Israel, stretching from Adam (1 Chr. 1:1) to the return from Babylon (2 Chr. 26:23), was intended to remind the Jews of God’s promises and intentions about: 1) the Land; 2) the nation; 3) the Davidic king; 4) the Levitical priests; 5) the temple; and 6) true worship, none of which had been abrogated because of the Babylonian captivity. All of this was to remind them of their spiritual heritage during the difficult times they faced, and to encourage them to be faithful to God.

1 Chronicles 10:1 – We leave the genealogies and jump right into the death of Saul. We see the history starting at the fact that Saul died for his transgression – and now we return to the Kingdom of David (1 Chronicles 10:14).

Acts 27:21 – Paul brings a polite “I told you so” to the crowd, but in contrast to the centurion who believed the ship owner to his hurt, Paul believes God (Acts 27:25) because the Creator of time can see the future as well as the past. Paul having predicted what would happen, had an “ethos” (credibility) but brought a “logos” (argument) that the One who gave Paul the wisdom has a new message for the boat, amplified by the “pathos” (emotional) appeal (“be of good cheer”).

Acts 27:35 – Paul didn’t utter a discreet prayer… he gave thanks to God in presence of them all. But he did it in such a way that they were all of good cheer.

Acts 27:43 – Paul earned favor in the eyes of the centurion, and was able to save not only his life but also those of the other prisoners. Sounds a bit like Acts 16?

Psalm 8:1 – Every time I read this Psalm, I think of Ron Hamilton’s song How Majestic is Thy Name.

Proverbs 18:24 – No friends? Be a friend!

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July 9 – Jonathan’s 14 Generations of Faithfulness

July 9
1 Chronicles 7:1-8:40
Acts 27:1-20
Psalm 7:1-17
Proverbs 18:22

I Chronicles 8:33 – And we discovered another familiar name – Saul, the son of Kish. We found his four sons led by Jonathan. We see that Jonathan’s line extended fourteen generations to 150 people. Even though Jonathan’s father had abandoned the faith, Jonathan’s descendants were known as “mighty men of valour” (1 Chronicles 8:40). If each generation was 30 years, 14 generations stretches to 420 years. Going from 1010 BC forward 420 years takes us to 590 BC or roughly the fall of the Southern Kingdom (586 BC). While the Southern Kingdom saw even the family line of David fall into despair, Jonathan still had descendants of valour at the end of the Judaean Kingdom.

Acts 27:6 -Why are obscure details like this in the inspired Word of God? Because it is a historic document containing the actual historic record of Paul’s journeys.

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Acts 27:11 – This verse gives a good insight into free will and persuasion. Debates about free will center on man’s decisional ability. Here we see that this decision was rooted in who the centurion believed more. Even though Paul would be verified (Acts 27:20), and it seemed to be general sailing knowledge (Acts 27:9), Paul’s message was unpersuasive because of the perceived “ethos” of the ship owner. Surely the ship owner had better knowledge of the sea than some renegade tentmaker. Also the “creature comforts” appealed to the centurion (Acts 27:12). The centurion made a reasonable decision for someone who only considered the “natural” facts. But when one adds the fact that Paul was not a mere tentmaker, but the mouthpiece of the Creator of seas, his credibility would surpass that of even the ship’s owner. This issue today arises – do we go for a respected theological scholar at an Ivy League school who questions the authority of Scripture – or do we go with the Scripture because its author is the Creator of the land those Ivy League schools are built upon?

Psalm 7:1 – And speaking of who we believe and trust – the Psalmist declares that he has put his trust in the LORD. The Psalmist knows he faces immediate danger like Paul (Psalm 7:2), and that only the LORD can deliver him. Yes salvation is of the LORD (Psalm 7:10).

Proverbs 18:22 – As I write this note, I’m on my honeymoon with my beautiful bride and thankful for this “good thing” and have been in need of this “favour of the LORD!” William Jennings Bryan used this verse to his soon-to-be wife’s father as reasons why he should consent to their marriage. Bryan’s father-in-law retorted that Paul said it was good for those that were single to remain single. Bryan retorted that Solomon had been single and married so it was better to take his advice over Paul’s.

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July 8 – The message of Paul – the Resurrection of Christ!

July 8
1 Chronicles 5:18-6:81
Acts 26:1-32
Psalm 6:1-10
Proverbs 18:20-21

1 Chronicles 5:20 – Buried in the genealogies we see references to people who cried to God and were heard, “because they put their trust in him!”

1 Chronicles 5:25-26 – But when they sinned against the LORD, He brought judgment.

1 Chronicles 6:3-4 – Remember Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10:1)? The Chronicler lists them in contrast to Phinehas (Numbers 25:11).

1 Chronicles 6:8 – Remember Zadok? (2 Samuel 8:17). Now we see why Biblical passages tell about someone being the son of someone else, because some names were reused.

1 Chronicles 6:27 – Did you catch Samuel and his father Elkanah? Might have skipped it because most people just remember his mother, Hannah. Sad to remember the sons of Samuel (1 Chronicles 6:28) who did not walk in his ways (1 Samuel 8:2-3).

1 Chronicles 6:33 – Now we watch as the genealogies go backward (from Heman to Israel (Jacob) (1 Chronicles 6:38). The Chronicler is recording their direct connection from the Temple to the founding father Jacob (Israel).

Acts 26:2-3 – Here we see some of the tension addressed in Proverbs. Is Paul flattering King Agrippa or is he merely recognizing and appropriately acknowledging the expertise of Agrippa? Flattery is saying something false, but its clear that Agrippa does have the special knowledge.

Acts 26:8 – Notice the continual emphasis of the message of Paul on the Resurrection in Athens (Acts 17:18, Acts 17:32), Jerusalem (Acts 23:6-8), before Felix (Acts 24:15, Acts 24:21), and now King Agrippa! Yes we don’t see people resurrected daily like we see the sun rise, but if we believe that the LORD God is the Creator of the World, if He gave us life, He can bring back life! Yes Paul keeps coming back to this message (Acts 26:23), and it causes a response whenever he mentions it. The Athenians mocked (Acts 17:32), the Sanhedrin split (Acts 23:7), Felix deferred (Acts 24:22), and Festus says he’s mad (Acts 24:24).

Romans 1:4 says the Resurrection is how we know Y’shua, what his neighbors thought was merely the son of Joseph & Mary, was the Son of God with power! We can know that Resurrection Power! (Philippians 3:10) through salvation (1 Peter 3:21). Yes we’ll see more of Paul’s preaching on the Resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15!

Acts 26:20 – That is the message for today – Repent and Turn to God! And if you have repented, you will act like you have!

Psalm 6:4 – The Old Testament Psalmist prayed for salvation, yet that salvation is now open to all!

Proverbs 18:21 – So much power in so small a member. Use it wisely!

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July 7 – The Prayer of Jabez

July 7
1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17
Acts 25:1-27
Psalm 5:1-12
Proverbs 18:19

1 Chronicles 4:10 – The prayer of Jabez laid in relative obscurity for many years until Bruce Wilkinson wrote a small book on this verse and sold nine million copies. While many have their own definitions of what it means to enlarge their coasts, and the prophets of profit focus on the financial, may we pray more importantly to be kept from evil and that God’s hand would be with us. If we keep ourselves from evil and if God’s hand is with us, we will have all the blessings we need.

1 Chronicles 4:43 – As has been noticed on our YouVersion group, the Amalekites have caused many problems since Saul disobeyed the command of 1 Samuel 15:18.

Acts 25:11 – Interesting that Paul expressed no reservations to the death penalty, even when it might have been applied to him personally! God had told Paul that he would be sent to Rome, and now the Roman empire will make sure the Roman citizen appeals to Caesar in Rome.

Psalm 5:8 – The Psalmist like Jabez realized that God’s blessing comes 1) when you cry to the LORD (Psalm 5:2-3), 2) when you abstain from evil (Psalm 5:4-6), 3) when you follow the LORD (Psalm 5:7-8). Then God will bless the righteous (Psalm 5:12).

Proverbs 18:19 – Let us live peaceably then with all men! (Romans 12:18)

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