Today’s reading: 1 Chron 14:1–15:29, 2 Tim 1:1–2, Ps 83:1–18
Today’s theme: God breaks through
God breaks through against the enemy when we pray but also breaks through on us overcoming our flesh. We must be in a place to allow ourselves to be overcome by God
1 Chronicles 14:1–15:29
Polygamy is wrong
And David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David fathered more sons and daughters. 1 Chronicles 14:3 (ESV)
As mentioned in the note on 1 Chronicles 3:5, God never intended any man to practice polygamy (having multiple wives) and specifically instructed kings against this abuse of power in Deuteronomy 17:17.
David’s disobedience to this command has a terrible affect on his children as a brother rapes a sister. That brother is then killed by another brother who eventually usurps David.
As Christians we must defend and uphold the biblical model and mandate for marriage for life between one man and one woman.
Pray to God for breakthrough
And he went up to Baal-perazim, and David struck them down there. And David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like a bursting flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. 1 Chronicles 14:11 (ESV)
David did not just go up to fight, he asked God first and God answered him. This was not just in a spiritual sense but in the actual battle, God allowed them to defeat their enemies.
God is the God of breakthrough for our lives too. If we seek Him He will show us how to get breakthrough and see our enemies defeated. 2 Corinthians 10:4.
Be humble and repent
Then David said that no one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, for the LORD had chosen them to carry the ark of the LORD and to minister to him forever. 1 Chronicles 15:2 (ESV)
One of the things we love about David’s example to us is that we see a real man with a real life full of mistakes who does not sit in the mess of his mistakes in pride forever. Rather, he seeks God in repentance.
Like David we must be quick to repent when we make mistakes and seek to live in accordance with God’s word. As David now seeks to minister in line with God’s law, so must we. Acts 17:30.
God breaks through
Because you did not carry it the first time, the LORD our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.” 1 Chronicles 15:13 (ESV)
God is the Lord of the Breakthrough in two ways. He will empower us to overcome our enemies but He will also Himself breakthrough against our flesh in loving discipline so that we can learn to walk according to His word.
Jesus reminds us in John 15:2 that “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
Loving God’s presence
and with them their brothers of the second order, Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and the gatekeepers Obed-edom and Jeiel. 1 Chronicles 15:18 (ESV)
Obed-edom’s name comes up a few times in today’s reading. He is serving all over God’s house because he loves God’s presence.
Loving God’s presence cannot be disassociated with loving God Himself. Serving God should not be done or even considered apart from loving the Lord also.
2 Timothy 1:1–2
Grace, mercy and peace
To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 2 Timothy 1:2 (ESV)
Thank God today for the grace, mercy and peace that comes from God. These are three wonderful graces we should think about and be thankful for today, here are some short definitions.
Grace: In Christian doctrine, this term refers to unmerited divine favour. In summary form, the Christian message is “the gospel of God’s grace”.
Mercy: Compassion or leniency shown to another, especially an offender.
Peace: Safety, prosperity, well-being; intactness, wholeness. Peace can have a focus of security and safety which can bring feelings of satisfaction, well-being and contentment.
Taken from The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible and Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words
Pray for shame
Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek your name, O LORD. Psalm 83:16 (ESV)
This is a strategy we can use in prayer.
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014.
Desiring God on 2 Timothy 1
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