Bible Reading and Commentary for the week October 23-28, 2017
Bible Reading and Commentary for the week
October 23-28, 2017
Monday, October 23, I Chronicles 25
v. 1 — “Prophesying” is often understood as “telling the future.” This is neither its only meaning nor even the most important one. In its basic form, it means “speaking forth,” in this case, speaking the truth of God’s Word. The Levites were also responsible for the choral work in the temple. Given the list of instruments (and this one is partial), it must have been a beautiful worship setting.
Tuesday, October 24, I Chronicles 26
v. 1 — In Bible days, cities had walls for the sake of protection. The gates on those walls would be closed at dusk every evening. It was at the city gates where “trials” were held and much of the city business was conducted (cf. Ruth 4:1-12). Some of the Levites served as guards (v. 16) and would also have been responsible for locking the gates at night and opening them in the morning.
Wednesday, October 25, I Chronicles 27
Vv. 1-15 — Compare the lists in 11:11-47 and II Sam. 23:8-39. Those who helped David during the years that he was running from Saul (who wanted to kill him) became commanders in his army. There was also a select group of commanders known as “The Thirty.” (cf. 11:15, 25).
Vv. 23-24 — These verses are a reference to the census which David took in chapter 21 and brought trouble to Israel.
Vv. 25-31 — This is a list of those who served as administrators of David’s property. It’s curious that during the reign of David we have no evidence of taxation. Perhaps the government was funded by its extensive land holdings, commerce, plunder from his many wars, and tribute payments from nations they defeated. During Solomon’s time (remember, he was a man of peace), the tax burden became heavy for the Israelites. After
Solomon, that became a central issue in the separation of the northern and southern kingdoms.
Thursday, October 26, I Chronicles 28
v. 7 — This was no idle promise from God. What destroyed this magnificent promise to Israel was the unfaithfulness and continual spiritual decline of most of Israel’s kings beginning with Solomon. The word “forever” here cannot be interpreted “eternal.” It means for the duration of this earth. Cf. Matt. 24:35.
Vv. 9, 20 — Two important ways in which our relationship to a human being is different from that of God with us is that He knows the inner working of our minds and only He can cast us off forever. To be His forever, to enjoy His fantastic blessings, both earthly and spiritual, is to do as David reminded Solomon, “Let’s always seek Him.” In His Word is where we find Him. There He promises, “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5) There He extends to us, through Jesus Christ, the hope of eternal life. (John 3:16)
Friday, October 27, I Chronicles 29
v. 21 — What an offering to the Lord!! Was God well-pleased with it? That can be seen in v. 25. However, as great as that offering was, and think of the blood spilled on that day from all those sacrificial animals, it brought Israel not a step closer to God. The purpose of that sacrifice was solely to remind them that someday Jesus, the Son of God, would shed His blood for them. Because His blood was holy, His perfect sacrifice did set them free from all of their sins. That it did the job, Paul reminds us when he wrote, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” (Eph. 1:7)
Saturday, October 28, Psalm 122
This is the Psalm for Sunday, June 7. It’s found on page 58 of Christian Worship. This Psalm stresses the importance of prayer. Let’s pray for peace in our country, homes and churches. That important peace we have through faith in Jesus Christ. St. Paul speaks of it in II Cor. 5:17-19.
“Reconciliation” means “the restoration of peace between God and man as a result of Christ’s death.