Today’s reading: 1 Chron 26:1–27:34, 2 Tim 4:1–8, Ps 89:23–52
Today’s theme: Teaching matters
Today we learn that teaching is central to life and matters a great deal. We also learn about the importance of God’s presence and our call to serve the Lord and evangelise.
1 Chronicles 26:1–27:34
Blessing in God’s presence
Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth, for God blessed him. 1 Chronicles 26:5 (ESV)
We remember Obed-edom from a few chapters back. When the Ark was returned it was left at his home and God’s presence, through the Ark, brought great blessing to his life.
The Chronicler wants the people to remember the special significance of this man who had the tangible presence of God in his life. He was blessed and his being blessed by God making him a faithful and eager servant of God.
It is of note that he had 8 sons which is a number associated with new beginnings and would just speak of the abundance of God’s blessing in his life. This would be a great encouragement for those coming out of exile.
We learn from this that God wants to bless us too as we live in His presence and serve like Obed-edom. God’s presence is so important in our lives, as we live in the presence of God and He lives in us, we will be fruitful. It is a promise because He is the very source of life.
Jesus said in John 15:4–5 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself….”
Equipped for service
All these were of the sons of Obed-edom with their sons and brothers, able men qualified for the service; sixty-two of Obed-edom. 1 Chronicles 26:8 (ESV)
Again we see the fruitfulness of Obed-edom’s life. From his children and grandchildren came these men of great ability, able and qualified for service. As we read yesterday it is the precious word of God as found in the words of the bible that equips us for service in God’s kingdom 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
On duty 24 hours a day
The third commander, for the third month, was Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada the chief priest; in his division were 24,000. This is the Benaiah who was a mighty man of the thirty and in command of the thirty; Ammizabad his son was in charge of his division. 1 Chronicles 27:5–6 (ESV)
Benaiah stands out for special mention again. He was the third of 12 commanders each over 24,000 men. Benaiah is remembered for his courageous and loyal service for the king, he serves as an example for us.
Again it is of note that each of the commanders, one for each month of the year were each over 24,000 men. Every time we see the number 24 we should see God’s order and the 24 hours of the day.
As soldiers in God’s army we are called to be on duty 24 hours a day and to have the order of God in our lives as mentioned yesterday.
2 Timothy 4:1–8
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 2 Timothy 4:3–4 (ESV)
Teaching matters! We are all students and in ways we are all also teachers. We need to be careful, in a general sense, with the things we take in and give out. However that is not the type of teaching being spoken about here.
In the passage, Paul is talking about explicit Christian teaching or doctrine. Our faith is not a mystical, make it up as you go along faith, it is one that is established in the truth of God and has teaching at the heart of it’s life.
Jesus came and was a teacher, and Jesus calls us all to teach in the great commission, in particular our leaders teach us God’s word and ways.
Today many do not want to sit under sound teaching, instead they gather around teachers who tell them what they want to hear, preachers who only say things like ‘God has a great plan for you’. Being “seeker friendly” is wrong.
We must be people who love faithful bible teaching and have an appetite for God’s word and truth. We should prize the faithful exposition of God’s word.
Called to evangelise
As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5 (ESV)
Although these instructions are for a church leader we are all called to evangelise in line with the great commission
Keep the faith
Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8 (ESV)
This is a great encouragement and hope which should spur us on to fight the good fight, finish the race and above all keep the faith like Paul.
We will receive a crown, a reward from our king, the righteous judge for faithful service. God doesn’t have to reward us but He chooses to out of the abundance of His love for us.
God is the very source of life. Abiding in Him and serving Him can only lead to fruitfulness in this life and in eternity. Faith in God’s future grace should fill us with joy and encouragement today. Our labour is not in vain, there is a crown waiting for us. Glory be to God, He didn’t have to do it but He did.
God keeps covenant
but I will not remove from him my steadfast love or be false to my faithfulness. I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips. Psalm 89:33–34 (ESV)
We can thank God today for His steadfast, firm love for us and the fact that He has bound Himself to us in covenant, the new covenant in Jesus, He will not forsake it. We can trust in His faithfulness to His own words.
This is why teaching is important as we read earlier because God is faithful to His word. We should abide in His love and we will see the fruitfulness He promised.
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014.
Desiring God on 2 Timothy 4
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