Epistles of Thomas

September 20, 2009

1 Chronicles 16-18

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In chapter 16 the Ark is safely set inside the prepared tent and the Levitical ministers are installed. Most of the chapter is comprised of a praise song. It declares the universal nature of this momentous occasion: “Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous deeds among all peoples” (16:23f). Today in SS we talked about the promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3 and its repetition in Gen 18:18; 22:18; 26:4 (to Isaac); 28:14 (to Jacob). God intended to bless Israel so that they in turn would bless the nations and all people would hear of his salvation.
The next chapter records that David wanted to build a proper “house” for God to dwell in but Nathan is told that David is not the one to build him that house. Instead God promises that he will build David’s “house.” David’s “house” is his family; meaning that God will ensure that his descendents sit on the throne of Israel in perpetuity. “I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever” (17:14). This was ultimately fulfilled in his descendent Jesus. Chapter 18 is a record of this happening in the short term as David is victorious over all his enemies.

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