The Journey Brought Forth "1 Chronicles"
This blog series is focused on God’s word bringing people through their journeys in His intentional way that He has set in front of them thereby bringing them through to His completion.
Exodus chapter twenty through Matthew chapter four is the section of scripture that most Christians find themselves living in its revolving pattern of realization, but once they receive its revelation, the Third Stage of Life is what their lives are built upon instead of attempting to achieve.
The book of 1 Chronicles starts by leading us through the genealogy of man to the time of Israel’s captivity in Babylon. The Israelites understood the importance of names and genealogies and many words could be written about this, but time prohibits it in this blog.
The first thing I will comment about in 1 Chronucles is, “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be mighty upon the earth.” (Nimrod was a great hunter, and this shows what people’s revelation of the mighty men were at this point in time of their journey. The outward ability to gather food effectively was what impressed them, and is what still somewhat impresses people in this Stage of Life. People are impressed with the ability to amass wealth, and this is the same thing as being a mighty hunter.)
The next thing 1 Chronicles shares is Edom’s lineage of kings before Israel had a king. (This allows us to know just because you have a long line of heritage in powerful positions it does not necessarily equate to any deeper understandings or abilities to achieve anything; because Edom was still going through the same basic challenges that Israel had.)
Now it tells us of the transgression of Achar the troubler of Israel with the accursed thing. Achar had lusted and taken things from the battle of Jericho, and many people died in their next battle against another city. (People who take what has not been given to them because of selfish desires not only hurt themselves, they hurt the ones they took it from and those around them; because there is no peace in deception and selfishness.)
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” (This man approached God with selfish desires and so will people being developed through this Stage of Life, but God knows what His people need to draw them closer to Him, and He always delivers in that way.)
King Saul was the first king of Israel, and he and three of his sons died the same day in a battle with the Philistines. The Philistines took his head and showed it to all of the peoples; then the Israelites went and took him and his son's bodies from the Philistines and buried them in their land. It is written that Saul died for going against God’s commands and going to a spiritess; so, God slew him and gave the throne to David. (Saul was given the opportunity to be king and have his throne established, but he transgressed three times: the first sin was not to wait to hear God, the second was not to obey God, and the third time was to ask of someone who was not God. This is common in this Stage of Life; because people are trying to “figure it out,“ instead of being in peace with who they are in God.)
King David begins his reign upon Saul’s death, and the first thing he did was conquer the city of Jebus, conquered it, named it Jerusalem, and set the capital of Israel in it; then we are told of the mighty men who surrounded David to assist him in leading the Israelites. (God has a certain place for each of His people to possess and with His people surrounding them they will reign where they are intended to reign.) the next thing we’re reminded of is how people were gathered to David in Hebron before Saul had died and David was completely installed as Israel’s king. (God prepares his people for their greatness before they enter their position completely through gathering the things necessary and honing their leadership skills.)
David gathered all of Israel to retrieve the Arc into Jerusalem and did not have the priests in their proper place to handle the Arc, the cart it rode upon shook, the Arc almost fell off, a man caught it, and God smote him dead. (God demands respect and a proper relationship with His people which can only be through Jesus Christ. With Jesus His people can be connected, but without Him being in His place, they will die when they attempt to come to Him.) David left the Arc in a neighboring city and brought it to Jerusalem three months later.
A foreign ruler sent David the supplies and men to build him a house, David married more wives and had more children, and was victorious in two battles as he inquired of the Lord what he should do. (David was humble in His actions knowing God would help him navigate his journey exactly how he should.) David then prepared a place for the Arc, instructed the people that only the priests were to handle it, and went to retrieve it. This time the delivering of the arc was much different than the first attempt. It ended in a victorious dance through the middle of town and placement of the Arc exactly where God desired it to be placed. (Life’s lessons of how to interact with God are sometimes costly and painful, but they are lessons worth learning and since He is who He is.
David delivered his first psalm on that day thanking God and giving Him praise for who He is and what He had done for them throughout their journey, and all of the people agreed with him. They set priests and other people in their places to minister continually to the Lord, and David left and blessed his own home. (We must continually be in prayer as we live our lives to accomplish God’s purpose. Some people will be physically in God’s house to minister to Him and Him through them to others, and others will go to their tasks on the earth to minister to Him as they live amongst others and come into contact with them on their life’s paths.)
Davis tells Nathan, his priest, that he was going to build a house for the Arc to dwell in, but that same night Nathan had a dream in which God told him to tell David it was not for him to build the house for the Arc, but it would be for his son that God would bring up and establish his throne forever. (Many people miss this today thinking He said it was Solomon’s throne that would be established, and the house which he built would last forever, but that is not what God said. Jesus is David’s son, and His throne has been established forever.)
David went and conquered a couple of nations and defeated many others in battle, but a couple of the nations, God had told them not to war against because they were the Israelites close relatives. David sent messengers to a land whose king had died to console them, but they misinterpreted the gesture and thought that he had actually sent them to spy the land They treated them disrespectfully. When they realized what they had done, they hired a neighboring nation to o to battle with them against Israel and Israel defeated both nations. (God sustains His people against every enemy that comes against them.)
David had a few more victories; then, Satan provoked David to take a census of Israel; which He did not instruct David to do and therefore it was a sin. (2 Samuel says God moved David to take the census. These two accounts of the same occurrence may seem contradictory unless a person has the knowledge of God sending Joseph into Egypt by being sold into bondage by his brothers and God calling Satan’s attention to Job for both of these examples of how He operates. God had an issue with the Israelites going astray from Him, and He needed to pull them back with an active warning of His wrath. He will get His people’s attention today by having or allowing things to happen in, around, and to their lives.) God gives David the opportunity to choose between three punishments against the people of Israel and David choose wisely by having them fall into the hand of the Lord; which is merciful. There were thousands of deaths through this lesson, but God stayed His angel from destroying them completely when David made an altar in an improper place and thereby offered an improper offering. (God will remove some of the things from His people’s lives; including other people in their lives for them to come back to Him in the humility they must possess to be in Him even though they might be scared and not still completely do what He has commanded as He has commanded during this Stage of Life.)
King David now acquires materials in abundance; then, tells Solomon that God said it was him that should build the house of the Lord for God, that he had prepared much substance and that Solomon shall add to it to build the house, and instructed the people to help Solomon to build the housed of the Lord. (David received an exact set of drawings that were a shadow of the heavenly realm, and we received an amazing work to reminds us of what a portion of it looks like.)
David was now in old age and set Solomon to reign in His place, set the Levites in order by their three tribal leaders into their places of authority and responsibility. (This shows how David was one of the few Melchizedek’s of the Bible. He did not have the proper lineage to be king or priest, but he was both. God sets His people in their positions of His royal family to be priests and kings. David did not choose this but was chosen for it like the rest of His family.)
David now set twenty-four divisions of musicians. The musicians “prophesied” with their musical instruments. (This shows how unknown languages will be spoken through God’s people in various ways to allow them to receive His words as He has them to be understood.) David also set up gatekeepers, treasurers, and officers and judges over the house of the Lord.
The next order of David’s final business was to set up twelve captains with twenty-four thousand men each to serve the king in a one month per year rotation. (This allowed there to be ample amounts of people to serve as a single unit and be certain to “bear fruit every season.” God gives His people a place in the “Body of Christ” to dwell in, and they are to accept the position they have been given so they can supply what has been given to them.)
David brought the Israelite leaders together and told them how God had chosen him the tribe of Judah to lead the Israelites as a nation. He continued by stating once again how God had told him Solomon was to build the temple and install its furnishings. David continued by telling Solomon that God would not forsake him until he had finished all of the work for the house of the Lord. (David apparently knew what would happen with Solomon; because he said until Solomon had finished his work. God has told His people today that He will never leave them or forsake them. It is not only until they finish their work, but an eternal state of unity that He has given to them.)
David gave another opportunity to give an offering, gave praise to the Lord, and had Solomon anointed to be king in his place; then died at a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor; and Solomon reigned in His place. (Even though David was a man after God’s own heart, accomplished a great work and everything else that he did, his physical life ended. God’s people who pass during this Stage of Life go to be with Him, but they did not receive the full potential that He has for the ones who He allows to complete the Process.)