Daily Bible Reading for September 2, 2014, with Commentary: 1 Chronicles 20-24
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Context: David’s wars continued, with him achieving ultimate victory. David did not compromise, nor should we. Compromise is what led Israel away from the Lord God. It is what allows sin to flourish. Notice that David’s sin with Bathsheba is not recorded here. David’s sin with the census was spiritual, and satanically inspired. Many people view pride as the reason for the census, but it was actually unbelief. David was placing his faith in his armies, in numbers, rather than in the Lord, who had handed him victory after victory on the battlefield. After his mistake, David was repentant and wise. He chose to be punished by God rather than man because he knew of God’s mercy. He even asked that the people of Israel be spared, as it was his sin, not theirs. God chose the site of the future temple and it is where David offered up his sacrifice to the Lord. It is also the spot where Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac. It is not far from the spot where Jesus Christ was offered as a sacrifice for our sins. The remaining chapters of today’s reading focus on preparations for the temple, which was very important to the Lord. God was not going to allow David to build His temple. David was not resentful, rather he worked towards accomplishing the goal by stockpiling supplies that would be needed, in order to ease the burden of the one who would build the temple, his son Solomon. He also offered some advice to Solomon. David not only organized supplies for the temple, he also organized the Levites to serve in the temple, including an emphasis on music. Not surprising, considering the number of psalms written by David. The sons of Aaron, the priests were also arranged to serve in the temple. Their numbers had swelled that it would have been impossible for them all to serve at once. David arranged them into groups. Each would serve for a time, and then another would come and serve. David paid attention to the details.