Week #59; Wed, Feb 13: 1 Chronicles 22:1–28:21
1. The angel of the Lord commanded Gad, David’s seer, to say to David, “Go and raise up an altar to the Lord on Ornan’s threshing room floor.
2. Once David paid 600 shekels of gold to acquire Ornan’s threshing floor, land and offerings (oxen and grain), he built an altar to the Lord.
3. When David presented burnt offerings and peace offerings and called on the Lord, the Lord answered him with fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering.
4. KEY POINT (per end of chapter 21): David declared, “Here shall be the house of the Lord God and here the altar of burnt offering for Israel.”
1 Chronicles 22, David Prepares to Build the Temple
1. Key to building the house of the Lord was the bringing about of the altar and God’s answer by fire affirming to David that He was ready to have a foothold on the land.
2. So, David commanded to gather together the workers and materials to prepare for building the house of God.
3. David knew that his son, Solomon, was young and inexperienced, and the house of the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all the land.
4. David provided much quality material in great quantity before his death.
5. Then David called for Solomon his son and charged him to build a house for the Lord, the God of Israel.
6. David said to Solomon, “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the Lord my God; but the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars and you shall not build a house to my name. Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. His name shall be Solomon; he shall build a house for my name. I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever.'”
7. David told Solomon, “The Lord be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the Lord your God. May He grant you discretion and understanding, that when He gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel. Arise and work! The Lord will be with you.”
8. David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son and seek the Lord your God, so that the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the Lord.
1 Chronicles 23, David Organized the Levites
1. When David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.
2. Of the 38,000 Levite men twenty years old and upward, David assigned 24,000 to work in the house of the Lord, 6,000 were assigned as judges, 4,000 were assigned gatekeepers, and 4,000 were assigned as musicians.
3. David organized them by divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
4. Duties for making offerings before the Lord, ministering to him, pronouncing blessing in his name forever, care of the courts and the chambers, the cleansing of all that is holy, and keeping charge of the tent of meeting and the sanctuary, and any work for the service of the house of God were all allocated by David.
1 Chronicles 24, David Organized the Priests
1. David organized the priests according to the appointed duties in their service.
2. Lots were used to delegate priestly duties to the sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
1 Chronicles 25, David Organized the Musicians
1. David and the chiefs of the service also set apart for the service the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun who prophesied with lyres, harps, and cymbals.
2. 288 were skillful as musicians and singers.
1 Chronicles 26, David Organized the Gatekeepers
1. The gatekeepers were men of great ability and lots were cast for their gates on the north, south, east and west.
2. Watches were assigned for each gate.
3. Treasurers and other officials were assigned over the spoils won in battles that were dedicated for the maintenance of the house of the Lord.
4. All dedicated gifts were given oversight for the affairs of the king.
1 Chronicles 27, David Organized the Military
1. Twelve divisions of 24,000 under commanders of thousands and hundreds served the king in all matters concerning each division.
2. Stewards of the king’s property included the treasuries across the land, works in the field, vineyards, produce, wine cellars, stores of olive oil, sycamore trees, herds, camels, donkeys, and other flocks.
3. The leaders of the tribes of Israel are:
5) Judah–Elihu (one of David’s brothers)
10) Half-tribe of Manasseh (West of Jordan, in Israel)–Joel
11) Half-tribe of Manasseh (East of Jordan, in Gilead)–Iddo
1 Chronicles 28, David Charges Israel
1. David assembled all the officials of Israel at Jerusalem and said: “Hear me, my brothers and my people, I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord and for the footstool of our God, and made preparations for building. But God said to me, ‘You may not build a house for my name, for you are a man of war and have shed blood.’ Yet the Lord God of Israel chose me from all my father’s house to be king over Israel forever. For he chose Judah as leader, and in the house of Judah my father’s house, and among my father’s sons he took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel. The Lord God of Israel has chosen Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. He said to me, ‘It is Solomon your son who shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. I will establish his kingdom forever if he continues strong in keeping my commandments and my rules, as he is today.”
2. David charges Solomon to “Know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. The Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.”
3. Then David gave Solomon the plan of the house of the Lord saying, “All this he made clear to me in writing from the hand of the Lord, all the work to be done according to the plan.”