Thursday, September 18, 2008

I & II Chronicles

The Chronicles are very similar to the Kings except that the Chronicles were the writings of the priest, and the Kings were the writings of the historians.  Now the difference is that the Chronicles give not only the history, but the moral lessons that must be learned by history.  If we never learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it's mistakes.  Let us learn from history:
1) SING, SEEK, & GIVE- I Chron. 16 is David's psalm of gratitude.  Here are three things that spoke to me: vs. 9- "Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wonderous works."  Friend, do you have a song in your heart?  Lord, help us to sing your praise, for thou art worthy!; vs. 11- "Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually."  We are to be seeking the LORD all of the time.  Isa 26:3  "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."  "Seek and ye shall find".  Lord, help me to seek you all day long in the eventful and uneventful events throughout this day.  Let me see you in every situation, let me call upon you in every quiet moment.  Love You Lord!; vs. 29- "Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before his: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness."  Bring an offering before Him.  God deserves our best!!  WE must be faithful in giving to God.  This shows our obedience, and it shows our Love, and it allows God to bless us financially!
2) VALIANTLY- I must say, I like this word.  I like what it means, and what you think when you hear it.  It speaks of royalty and honor.  In I Chron. 19:13 it says: "Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good is his sight."  Let us be valiant for God.  Bold and out going for Jesus Christ!  Not in our strength, but in His!!
3) THE PROMISE- In I Chron. 28:4 it says: "Howbeit the LORD God of Israel chose me befoe all the house of my father to be king over Israel for ever:  for he hath chosen Judah to be the ruler; of the house of Judah, the house of my father; and among the sons of my father he liked me to make me king over all Israel."  The promise was that David would be king and that his lineage would rule over Israel forever!  This promise is fulfilled in Christ!  Jesus is the "Lion of the tribe of Judah".  He is the King of kings, and LORD of lords!  God kept His promise made to David through Jesus Christ.
4) THE PRECIOUS TRUTH- In the above verse, there is a phrase I love to read:  "he liked me".  We know that Jesus loves us, but He also likes us!  I'm so glad that Jesus likes me when sometimes I don't think I even like myself, but He does!!  Take heart Oh weary Christian.... Jesus likes you!!
Well, so much for today, didn't even get into II Chronicles, but we got close!  Blessings upon you my brother. (hey, could you pray for my father in the hospital today?  Thanks!)

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