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August 15, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Jeremiah 10-13
Audio: Jeremiah 10-13

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1 Chronicles 22 (ESV)

Then David said, “Here shall be the house of the Lord God and here the altar of burnt offering for Israel.”

David commanded to gather together the resident aliens who were in the land of Israel, and he set stonecutters to prepare dressed stones for building the house of God. David also provided great quantities of iron for nails for the doors of the gates and for clamps, as well as bronze in quantities beyond weighing, and cedar timbers without number, for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought great quantities of cedar to David. For David said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands. I will therefore make preparation for it.” So David provided materials in great quantity before his death.

Then he called for Solomon his son and charged him to build a house for the Lord, the God of Israel. 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. You shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood before me on the earth. 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. For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days. 10 He shall build a house for my name. He shall be my son, and I will be his father, and I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever.’

11 “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the Lord your God, as he has spoken concerning you. 12 Only, may the Lord grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the Lord your God. 13 Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed. 14 With great pains I have provided for the house of the Lord 100,000 talents of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone, too, I have provided. To these you must add. 15 You have an abundance of workmen: stonecutters, masons, carpenters, and all kinds of craftsmen without number, skilled in working 16 gold, silver, bronze, and iron. Arise and work! The Lord be with you!”

17 David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,18 “Is not the Lord your God with you? And has he not given you peace on every side? For he has delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the Lord and his people. 19 Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the Lord 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.”

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  1. Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God (1 Chronicles 22:19).

    Seek the Lord Your God

    In today's chapter, David tells Solomon that he is the one who will build the house of the Lord. All has been provided for him to accomplish this task. More than the gold, silver, bronze, iron, timber and stone; more than the stonecutters, masons, carpenters and craftsmen; more than the actual work done to build the house; and more than the "peace on every side" from the inhabitants of the land;  the most important aspect of this project is the Lord Himself has commissioned it to be done.

    But in the midst of all this work, David also addresses the spiritual significance at hand. Not only will Solomon build the house of the Lord, he will reign as Israel's king when David's time as king is passed. David prays that the Lord would grant him "discretion and understanding" so when he is king, he "may keep the law of the Lord" (1 Chronicles 22:21). 

    David also tells Solomon to, "Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God" (1 Chronicles 22:19a). He knows a thing or two about what happens when we set our hearts and minds on seeking other things and not the Lord. 

    He writes: 

    "O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
        Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
    2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
        and speaks truth in his heart;
    3 who does not slander with his tongue
        and does no evil to his neighbor,
        nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
    4 in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
        but who honors those who fear the Lord;
    who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
    5 who does not put out his money at interest
        and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
    He who does these things shall never be moved" (Psalm 15)

    "O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
        my soul thirsts for you;
    my flesh faints for you,
        as in a dry and weary land where there is no water" (Psalm 63:1)

    "And those who know your name put their trust in you,
        for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you" (Psalm 9:10).

    But David also writes:

    "The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
        to see if there are any who understand,
        who seek after God.
    3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
        there is none who does good,
        not even one" (Psalm 14:2-3). 

    Without setting our mind and heart to seek the Lord (as David instructed Solomon), we won't seek him. In our human nature we have no desire for God or the things of God. As long as we are comfortable on the thrones of our lives, we will not desire to seek God and therefore we won't seek Him resulting in us not finding Him. Only if God is truly our God will we seek Him.

    He said in Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and you will find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

    I found this to be helpful from

    Jesus said, 'No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them' (John 6:44). In other words, the only way we can seek God is if the Holy Spirit has first stirred our hearts with a desire for God. It is God who draws us to Himself. Ephesians 2:8 underscores this truth: 'By grace are you saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God.' Even the faith to believe for salvation does not originate within our fleshly nature. God enables the fallen human heart to seek Him, when in our own self-centered rebellion we would never do so. Every good thing originates with God (James 1:17). Faith in God is a good thing, and so it also originates with God."

    Full article:

    Solomon starts out strong but his mind and heart drift and he seeks many, many other "things." 1 Kings 11 shows us how quickly wisdom can turn to folly.

  2. I don't know why I'm always a bit surprised when I read that people in Biblical times sinned! What is that about?! I know they're human beings, and of course they sinned!

    I think it's the fact that God spoke directly to some in those days, and I can't imagine not doing what He says, when you can actually hear/receive messages from Him!

    I always wonder what I would have been like had I lived back then. It's so true that we seek Him in difficult times, out of desperation; I certainly have. 

    I'm just so grateful that now I seek Him because I want to know Him. He's my Father, and that is incredible.  


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