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woman making plans May 15, 16 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading: 1Chronicles 22; Psalms 29, 30, 1Chronicles 23:1-23; 1Chronicles 6:16-30; 1Chronicles 23:24- 24:31; 1Chronicles 25; 1Chronicles 6:31-53; 1Chronicles 26 (Because of the common theme, this is a two day Bible study. It is suggested that you do the Bible reading on May 15 and read the Bible study May 16.)

Getting Organized

What is our first priority when starting a project? Getting the materials? Making a plan? Gathering the laborers? No. We must determine why we are doing it. What do we want to accomplish? What we decide will give guidance to everything else we attempt. After that, we will make a plan, gather the materials and people for the tasks, and then assign responsibilities for the completion of those tasks.

In Biblical chronology, David had recently been restored as king after Absalom's death, but there were factions between the tribe of Judah and the other tribes of Israel. Sheba led a rebellion while David was trying to unite the nations of Judah and Israel under one banner. After the threat of Sheba was removed (by removing his head), David's enemies were subdued. The land was also free from war by foreign enemies. David put aside the sins of his past and led a righteous life (Philippians 3:13), and now he was influencing Judah and Israel to do the same. So, how could he bring Israel and Judah into one united nation? Whether this was his intent is not totally certain, but the timing seems significant. David ordered the gathering of materials and workmen for building a magnificent temple to God (1Chronicles 22:1-19). This worthy project would finally help bring the two nations together.

David was, however, getting old. How would the good times of peace and prosperity continue in the kingdom after he was gone? How would the nation stay together? As the LORD directed, David appointed his son Solomon (whose name is related to the word for “peace”) to build the temple. Then David pronounced a blessing upon him:

“Now, my son, the LORD be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the LORD your God, as he said you would. May the LORD give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the LORD your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged,” (1Chronicles 22:11-13, NIV).

Next, David equipped his son to complete the task and ordered the leaders of all the tribes to help his son Solomon. King David said to them,

“I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the LORD a hundred thousand talents [That is, about 3,750 tons (about 3,450 metric tons)] of gold, a million talents [That is, about 37,500 tons (about 34,500 metric tons)] of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone. And you may add to them. You have many workmen: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as men skilled in every kind of work in gold and silver, bronze and iron-- craftsmen beyond number. Now begin the work, and the LORD be with you.”

Then David ordered all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon. He said to them, “Is not the LORD your God with you? And has he not granted you rest on every side? For he has handed the inhabitants of the land over to me, and the land is subject to the LORD and to his people. Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD,” (1Chronicles 22:14 - 19, NIV).

Afterwards, David led the people to praise and worship the LORD for the venture they were to begin together (Psalms 29,30). He refocused their attention from each other to God. This honored God and served to also unite the people (more will be said about this in our next Bible study).

Then David appointed 24,000 Levites to supervise the building of the temple. The Levites were a neutral tribe, neither from Judah nor Israel, but they lived amongst the other tribes and were recognized and well respected. Sometimes respected neutral parties can help heal factions. Additionally, they would make sure the alien workers among them constructed the temple just right and worthy of their Most Holy God.

David led people to worship God even while the temple was being built. The Levites, who were not involved in the supervision of the building project, served as officials and judges, continued to take care of the tabernacle, offered sacrifices for the people, and did their normal duties until the time the temple was completed. Musicians were assigned to lead praise to God. Every morning and evening prayers and songs of thanks were sung. As they listened to and sang these songs, it must have been a continual reminder to the people that they were building a great temple to their God; He is worthy of worship. Gatekeepers guarded the entrance to the tabernacle court and later the storage bins and the treasuries of the temple. Each Levite had important tasks to fulfill. Where has God assigned us to serve? Every position is important in the church body. Will we do our part and continue to minister to others with joy? Let's worship the LORD in our service. Let's serve him with joy in our hearts.

Lessons to live by:

  • Before we start a project we need to determine why we are doing it. What we decide should give guidance to everything else we attempt. Seek the LORD’s glory in everything (1Corinthians 10:31).
  • Working together for a worthy goal brings us together.
  • Sometimes respected neutral parties can help heal factions.
  • Wise leaders will plan for the future prosperity of their families, their churches, businesses or other organizations. We glorify God when we obey his will and pave a godly path for future generations to follow.
  • In getting organized, we need to assign responsibilities according to interests and abilities to complete new tasks, while leaving others to serve important functions in the old tasks so that nothing important is neglected.
  • Do you know God? He welcomes us to receive Jesus as our Savior from sin so that God's Spirit may dwell within us as his temple (more...)

Today’s Bible memory verse:

1Chronicles 22:19

“Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD.” (NIV)

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