Bible In One Year-Day 163 (Thursday, June 12, 2014)
Commentary: 1Chronicles26-29. David, a good administrator, organized the gatekeepers and the military divisions. He installed twelve military commanders to run monthly shift supervising the soldiers (chapter27). Invariably, everybody had something to do. The question now is “are you still idle in God’s vineyard?” There is no redundancy in the vineyard of God. One way or the other, God has something for you to do; you are a solution to a problem. David made sure that everything needed for the continuity of the kingdom and smooth transition was put in place. The work David did was great; it was a task given to him by God;
1 Chronicles 28:19 “All this, said David, the LORD made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern.”
The manner king David organized the kingdom couldn’t have been achieved ordinarily without the hand of God upon him; it takes supernatural endowment to achieve things like that. I guess Solomon saw the great work his father did and he was afraid. David noticed Solomon’s fear and encouraged him by giving him a clue to invoking God’s faithfulness;
1 Chronicles 28:9 “And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.”
Seeking God with a perfect heart and a willing mind are the most impressive thing a man could do for God. This includes our giving to the Lord; it should be with a willing and perfect heart and mind.
1 Chronicles 29:8-9 “And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the LORD, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite.Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.”
David prepared the heart of Solomon before handing over the plan of the kingdom to Solomon. Note that the plan was by the Spirit according to verse12;
1 Chronicles 28:12 “And the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, …”
The choice of Solomon to succeed his father was of the Spirit (inspired mind by God) also as declared by David before all Israel, 1Chron29:1(whatever is of God must be of the spirit). The only task before Solomon was to build the temple to which David had made all materials available; man, money and materials. David rounded off his reign and handed over with the prayer of praise to God, intercession for the assembly and Solomon (please take time to read 1Chron29). David reigned 40 years before his death and Solomon took over as King afterwards. The state of the heart matters a lot if we need to walk with God.
John 4:23-24 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is 2Chronicles1-3. Keep the fire burning and alive.