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1 Chron 17-21

4/16/2020

A Devotional Journey
    led by Dr. Gene Pearson                                                                                                              
Thru the Bible in a Year
 
         God promises to be with David and that his descendants will be blessed by God forever (something the newly returned exiles from Babylon desperately need to hear), and that his son Solomon will be the one to build the Temple.  As the offspring of a relationship which began in sin, Solomon makes a good representative of returning exiles whose own existence arises from the sins of their fathers and who themselves are charged with the rebuilding of God's temple.
        The victories of David are recounted with great enthusiasm, some of his key officials listed, and his preparations for the building of the Temple through a controversial census of the people.  Such counting was always seen as a lack of faith in God who is not interested in numbers (remember the story of Gideon!), and whose power is more than enough to meet any need -- including financial.
        An interesting fact is that 21:16 was not found in any of the available texts of 2 Samuel 24 (the parallel passage) until the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls.   Those scrolls, written about A.D. 100, were far older than the currently used copies of the Old Testament books (none of which dated back further than A.D. 800).  Scholars imagined that the Chronicler had a more developed theology than the writer of Samuel.  The verse is included in the Dead Sea scrolls and so it becomes clear that the Chronicler was simply copying the text in a more accurate way than was done later!
        It is fascinating that Solomon becomes such a key figure in the religion of Israel (by building the Temple).  The history of his family was quite uncouth.  Still God used him in a wonderful way.

        As you go through the day, remember that nothing in your past (whether a reflection of your own guilt or the actions of your parents or ancestors) can disqualify you from God's blessing B as long as you give your past to God.  With it, give Him your present and future as well and you can rest in and count on His love just as Solomon did.
        There is a great fact about our faith:  it is in God, not our heritage, not our ability, not our luck, not the breaks.  God is both loving and reliable and in His hands we are always secure and significant.  Think of a way you can reflect this confidence in your life today.
 
 A. Eugene Pearson 2011