Sunday, July 18, 2010

I & II Chronicles

Today is Sunday!  I rejoice in that fact.  I get to worship the LORD with God's people.  I get to hear the teaching of God's Word and I get to preach God's Word.  What a joy this day will bring.  I finished up I Chronicles this morning and read the first two chapters of II Chronicles.  Chronicles concerns the history of Israel from a priestly view point.  Because of that, there are more spiritual applications in Chronicles than in the Kings.  I marked more than I can share today, but here are a few of them:

1) A RIGHT THING IN THE WRONG WAY- I Chron. 13, tells us of David moving the Ark of the Covenant.  He moves it on a "new cart".  This is the way of the Philistines, but not the way that God instructed Israel to move the Ark.  Because of it, the Ark tips when confronted with a rough road, and Uzza reaches forth to hold the Ark still, but is struck dead because he laid hands on the Ark.  The whole teaching is that there is a right and wrong way to do anything and God wants things done right!  David explains the problem in I Chron. 15:13 "For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order."  God has a "due order" for everything.  Follow, then lead.  Obey, then instruct others.  Marriage, then sex.  Earn, then buy.  We sure get messed up when we do things our way instead of God's. 

2) A SOUND OF A GOING- In I Chron. 14, David is fighting the Philistines and he inquires of the LORD three times in this one chapter.  Having messed up in chapter 13 in moving the Ark, he now asks the LORD about everything, and now he is blessed as he follows.  In verse 15, he is told not to attack, but to wait beside the Mulberry trees, and when he hears a "sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that they thou shalt go out to battle:  for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines."  Oh how we need to wait on God!  Oh how we need to hear the sound of the Holy Spirit moving in our lives and ministries.  Oh how we need His power and victory!  May it happen dear LORD!!

3) IT CAN BE DONE!  In I Chron. 20, we see three giants are killed.  Verse 4 says "children of the giant"; vs. 5 says: "the brother of Goliath the Gittite"; vs. 6 says: "A man of great stature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six on each hand, and six on each foot:  and he also was the son of the giant."  Two sons and a brother of Goliath.  David faced Goliath in I Samuel 17, and you remember that everyone was scared to death to face him.  Their knees shook when they saw him and they ran.  Now in three verses, three giants are killed.  What made the difference?  The difference was that God used one boy to show everyone that it could be done!  It could be done!  If God could use David to kill a giant, God could use them as well.  And, in verse 7, we see that it was one of David's nephews, Jonathan who killed the giant.  We learn from Godly examples that God gives us in life, that IT CAN BE DONE!!

There is so much more to share, but my time to get ready for Church has arrived!  Hope you have a blessed day!  Pastor Mike Mutchler

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