Week #58; Wed, Feb 06: 1 Chronicles 14:1–21:30

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. While David’s wife (Saul’s daughter), Michal had no child to the day of her death, he had sons in Hebron (6) and more children in Jerusalem (13).
2. Here we see where nothing the Lord does is carried out in isolation, for the bloodline of Christ flows by His design through David to Solomon with much orchestrating to produce a good and glorious plan.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
1 Chronicles 14, David’s Wives and Children
1. David took more wives and fathered 13 children in Jerusalem including Solomon.
2. It appears God is guiding the paths of rulers, righteous and unrighteous, to fulfill His purpose in Israel.
3. When the Philistines made a raid in the Valley of Rephaim, David went out against them.
4. He inquired of God, “Shall I go up against the Philistines?
5. God said, “Go up, and I will give them into your hand.”
6. David struck them down and burned their gods.
7. But, the Philistines made another raid in the valley.
8. David again inquired of God and God said to him, “Do not go up after them; go around and come against them opposite the balsam trees and when you hear the sound of marching in the top of the trees, then go out to battle for God has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.”
9. David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army.
10. Fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.

1 Chronicles 15, The Ark is Brought to Jerusalem
1. David built houses for himself in the city of David while preparing a place for the ark of God in a tent.
2. David demanded that no one but the Levites carry the ark of God for they are chosen to carry it and minister to him forever.
3. David called all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it; 6 Levite chiefs and 852 of their brothers, plus 8 Levite priests were told to consecrate themselves so they may carry the ark of God.
4. David said, “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.”
5. The Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord.
6. David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps, lyres, and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.
7. The priests should blow trumpets before the ark of God as the ark of the covenant of the Lord was brought up from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing.
8. God helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.
9. David was clothed with a robe of fine linen and a linen ephod.
10. As the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and rejoicing, and she despised him in her heart.

1 Chronicles 16, The Ark is Placed in a Tent
1. They brought in the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offering and peace offerings before God.
2. David blessed the people in the name of the Lord and distributed to all Israel, both men and women, a loaf of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins.
3. David appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel.
4. David’s song of thanks includes praise, glory, rejoicing, strength of the Lord, wonderous works, miracles, judgments, commandments, covenant with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Israel, salvation, inheritance, splendor, majesty, offerings, exultation, joy, steadfast love, delivery, and blessings.
5. David assigned Asaph and his brothers to minister regularly before the ark as each day required; others were assigned as gatekeepers and to offer burnt offerings to the Lord regularly morning and evening–to do all that is written in the Law of the Lord that he commanded Israel.
6. Then all the people departed each to his house, and David went home to bless his household.

1 Chronicles 17, The Lord’s Covenant with David
1. David said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.”
2. Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.”
3. The same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, “Go and tell David, ‘It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in. For I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up Israel to this day, but I have gone from tent to tent from dwelling to dwelling. In all places where I have moved with all Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”‘
4. Nathan also told David that the Lord said, “I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.”
5. David prayed to the Lord to let the word that was spoken be fulfilled, to establish God’s name and house in Israel forever and be blessed.

1 Chronicles 18, David Defeats His Enemies
1. Then David defeated the Philistines and he took Gath and its villages out of the hand of the Philistines.
2. He defeated the Moabites, Zobah-Hamath, Syrians, Edomites, Ammonites, and Amalek; the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went.
3. David dedicated all the silver and gold that was carried off from other nations to the Lord.
4. So David reigned over all Israel, and he administered justice and equity to all his people using a strong administration of commanders, priests, and secretarial positions; his son’s were chief officials in the service of the king.

1 Chronicles 19, The Ammonites Disgrace David’s Men
1. When Nahash, the king of the Ammonites died, David wanted to deal kindly with Hanan, his son, since Nahash was kind with him; but because fear and suspicion was present, David’s men were disgraced when they went to console him.
2. David sent Joab and his brother Abishai to engage the Amonites who were helped by the Syrians.
2. The Ammonites and Syrians both fled from David’s army when he drew up battle lines with them; the Syrians no longer were willing to save the Ammonites and they made peace with David becoming subjects to him.

1 Chronicles 20, Rabbah Captured
1. In the spring, Joab led the army against the Ammonites and struck down Rabbah taking the kings crown of gold.
2. David took the crown and placed it on his head.
3. The same was done to all the cities of the Ammonites and then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
4. Afterwards, war arose with the Philistines at Gezer where they were subdued by David’s army.
5. Conflict with the Philistines arose other times and each time David’s men were victors.
6. Goliath’s giant brother, Lahmi, was also slain; he had six fingers and six toes on each hand and foot.

1 Chronicles 21, Pestilence Comes With David’s Census
1. When Satan incited David to number Israel, he sent Joab and the commanders of the army to go number all of Israel.
2. Even at Joab’s resistance, David prevailed and demanded the count to take place.
3. Joab even withheld count of Levi and Benjamin because the count was abhorrent to Joab.
4. When Joab reported the results of the count there were 1,100,000 men who drew the sword in all Israel and 470,000 men who drew the sword in Judah.
5. God was displeased by the counting and he struck Israel.
6. David said to God, “I have sinned greatly in that I have done this thing. But now, please take away the iniquity of your servant.”
7. God spoke to Gad, David’s seer saying, “Say to David, ‘Three thing I offer you; choose one of them, that I may do to you.'”
8. Gad told David he had a choice of; 1) three years of famine, 2) three months of devastation by your foes, or 3) three days of pestilence on the land.
9. David chose pestilence while counting on the mercy of the Lord.
10. David appealed to God when he saw the destruction on the land, asking God for his hand to turn against him rather than to plague the people.

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