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August 11, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Isaiah 64-66
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1 Chronicles 18 (ESV)

After this David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Gath and its villages out of the hand of the Philistines.

And he defeated Moab, and the Moabites became servants to David and brought tribute.

David also defeated Hadadezer king of Zobah-Hamath, as he went to set up his monument at the river Euphrates. And David took from him 1,000 chariots, 7,000 horsemen, and 20,000 foot soldiers. And David hamstrung all the chariot horses, but left enough for 100 chariots. And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down 22,000 men of the Syrians.Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus, and the Syrians became servants to David and brought tribute. And the Lord gave victory to Davidwherever he went. And David took the shields of gold that were carried by the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. And from Tibhath and from Cun, cities of Hadadezer, David took a large amount of bronze. With it Solomon made the bronze sea and the pillars and the vessels of bronze.

When Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the whole army of Hadadezer, king of Zobah, 10 he sent his son Hadoram to King David, to ask about his health and to bless him because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him; for Hadadezer had often been at war with Tou. And he sent all sorts of articles of gold, of silver, and of bronze. 11 These also King David dedicated to the Lord, together with the silver and gold that he had carried off from all the nations, from Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, and Amalek.

12 And Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, killed 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt.13 Then he put garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s servants. And the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went.

14 So David reigned over all Israel, and he administered justice and equity to all his people. 15 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; 16 and Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were priests; and Shavsha was secretary; 17 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David’s sons were the chief officials in the service of the king.

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  1. The Lord gave victory to David wherever he went (1 Chronicles 18:6, 13). 

    Victory

    There is much going on in the history of David's wars which the Chronicler writes about in today's chapter. Not only did Israel achieve "empire" status for the first (and only) time during David's reign as king, but God's saving and delivering his people was as important for God's people to remember then as it is now.

    We're all facing battles of many kinds – but we're not fighting alone. 1 Corinthians 10:3 says, "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."

    We might not look at our battles as temptations but it's in those times that our faith is tested and we may be tempted to allow fear and anxiety to overtake us or we could struggle trusting God if we can't see how we will ensure it. 

    In M.J. Selman's commentary on 1 Chronicles he writes, "In a New Testament context, where God’s victory and deliverance are demilitarized and denationalized, it is nonetheless expected to be part of the believer’s experience (2 Corinthians 1:10; 2 Timothy 4:17–18). As with David, however, it is not an automatic right, but a free gift dependent on God’s promise and sovereign action (2 Corinthians 2:14), to be received through faith (1 John 5:14) and prayer (2 Corinthians 10:3–5; Ephesians 6:10–20)."

    Selman, M. J. (1994). 1 Chronicles: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 10, p. 194). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

    I can't help but think of that old hymn "Victory in Jesus" by E.M. Bartlett:

    I heard an old, old story,
    How a Savior came from glory,
    How He gave His life on Calvary
    To save a wretch like me;
    I heard about His groaning,
    Of His precious blood's atoning,
    Then I repented of my sins
    And won the victory. 

    Chorus
    O victory in Jesus,
    My Savior, forever.
    He sought me and bought me
    With His redeeming blood;
    He loved me ere I knew Him
    And all my love is due Him,
    He plunged me to victory,
    Beneath the cleansing flood. 

    I heard about His healing,
    Of His cleansing pow'r revealing.
    How He made the lame to walk again
    And caused the blind to see;
    And then I cried, "Dear Jesus,
    Come and heal my broken spirit,"
    And somehow Jesus came and bro't
    To me the victory. 

    I heard about a mansion
    He has built for me in glory.
    And I heard about the streets of gold
    Beyond the crystal sea;
    About the angels singing,
    And the old redemption story,
    And some sweet day I'll sing up there
    The song of victory. 
     

  2. That hymn is awesome! 

    Everyday, I go back to the cross. I remind myself of what Jesus did for me, and I praise Him. 

    I'll never understand what it's like to have my battered, broken body hang on a cross for hours and hours in the desert sun while my mother weeps at my feet. I can only imagine it, and even the thought of it has a physical affect on me. 

    One day, I am going to be able to be with Him in Heaven. Absolutely incredible. And to God goes all the glory. 

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