Have you ever started something and then lived to regret it? I am feeling that way about our study of 1 Chronicles. My first thought was to just skip over these two books because we have covered all this material before, and now I wish I had listened!
With that said, I think I am going to condense this study of Chronicles. I am sure there are some of my readers that enjoy all this history, and do not mind going over it again, but I do. So, tomorrow we will start just having a brief summary of the chapters that are ahead, and then we will go on to Ezra.
1 Chronicles 11:1 Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 2 And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel. 3 Therefore came all the elders of Israel to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the Lord; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the Lord by Samuel. Our author does not go into detail about the 7 years David was king over the one tribe of Judah in Hebron. This was actually David’s third anointing. The first was before his family and Samuel when David was very young (1 Samuel 16:1-13). The second was an anointing and recognition by the tribe of Judah after the death of Saul (2 Samuel 2:4). This third anointing was after the defeat of Ishbosheth, a son of Saul who claimed the right to the throne.
David Captures Zion
4 And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. 5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David. 6 And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief. 7 And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the city of David. 8 And he built the city round about, even from Millo round about: and Joab repaired the rest of the city. 9 So David waxed greater and greater: for the Lord of hosts was with him. To this point Jerusalem was a small Canaanite city in the center of Israel. Some 400 years after God commanded Israel to take the whole land, this city was still in Canaanite hands. The people of Jebus mocked David and said he would "not come hither" or be able to take the city from them, but God was on David's side. The city was then called the city of David.
Verses 10-47 is a listing of the men who fought valiantly in David's army, and some of their accomplishments.
Jesus, The Son of God. His Deity: #5 He is superior to and worshiped by the angels.
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. The book of Hebrews begins without a greeting or address. The importance of proclaiming Jesus as "the express image" of God is stressed. When He came into the world He finished His saving work for mankind and then "sat down" as a show of salvation's completion. His Words on the cross of "It is finished." did not mean His earthly life was finished, but rather His work God sent Him to do. None of the angels of heaven can claim superiority to our Lord; He is the "begotten" or born in the flesh Son of God.
Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.
FAITH: Forsaking All I Trust Him.