2 Chronicles 3-5,  Psalm 139,  Luke 10:17-24,  1 Thessalonians 3:7-13   2 Chronicles 3-5: So Solomon begins to build the temple, and starts in the second month of the fourth year of his reign (3:1-2). The precise measurements are listed in great detail throughout these chapters, as well as descriptions of the ornamentation and valuable materials;…

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 2 Chronicles 1-2,  Psalm 138,  Luke 10:1-16,  1 Thessalonians 3:1-6    2 Chronicles 1-2: The chronicler of this Second Chronicles begins his account on an encouraging note. He surveys the greatness of Solomon and especially his wisdom. Before he dives into Solomon’s well-known request for that wisdom, and God’s bountiful reply with wisdom and far more…

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1 Chronicles 29,  Psalm 137,  Luke 9:51-62,  1 Thessalonians 2:10-21  1 Chronicles 29: 1 Chronicles finishes with some shrewd advice from David, as well as establishing thereby some fundamental and foundational principles for effectiveness and genuine “success.” Solomon, David acknowledges, is young and inexperienced (29:1). However, because of that, David has put together a huge…

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1 Chronicles 26-28,  Psalm 136,  Luke 9:37-50,  1 Thessalonians 2:1-9   1 Chronicles 26-28: Again we have a list of the various responsibilities and “divisions” or departments of the officials and their designated authority and relation to others (1 Chron. 26-27). We have a view here of the internal workings of a complex bureaucracy, organized according…

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1 Chronicles 23-25,  Psalm 135,  Luke 9:28-36,  1 Thessalonians 1   1 Chronicles 23-25: David, now “old and full of days,” suggesting a sense of fulfillment as well as agedness, makes Solomon his son king in his place (23:1). The chronicler passes over the courtly intrigue that was necessary to establish Solomon in that role, and…

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 1 Chronicles 20-22,  Psalm 133-134,  Luke 9:18-27,  Colossians 4:10-18   1 Chronicles 20-22: The chronicler begins this section as if he is about to relay the story of Bathsheba (20:1)—indicating that it would be normal for David to have been at battle this time of year, when instead (as we know from 2 Sam. 11) David…

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 1 Chronicles 17-19,  Psalm 132,  Luke 9:1-17,  Colossians 4:1-9   1 Chronicles 17-19: David has it on his heart to build God a temple. He sees a discrepancy between the house of cedar in which he lives and the tent in which the ark is placed (17:1). He describes his desire to the prophet Nathan—note the…

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 1 Chronicles 15-16,  Psalm 130-131,  Luke 8:40-56,  Colossians 3:15-25   1 Chronicles 15-16: The ark now in Jerusalem (1 Chron. 15), David prepares a place for the ark, as well as houses for himself (15:1). He makes various arrangements for the worship of God, and the narrator tells us how it was with “rejoicing” that the…

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1 Chronicles 12-14,  Psalm 129,  Luke 8:26-39,  Colossians 3:1-14   1 Chronicles 12-14:   The description of David’s greatness continues. Throughout these chapters, two themes begin to emerge that distinguish David as a godly and great man. To begin with, though, we are told of all the “mighty men” who flock to David’s standard (1 Chron. 12).…

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 1 Chronicles 10-11,  Psalm 128,  Luke 8:16-25,  Colossians 2:16-23   1 Chronicles 10-11:   Having listed the genealogies, and given the lesson that they went into exile because they breached faith with God (9:1), now we come to the story of Saul, who stands as an example of one who breached faith with God (10:13). He did…

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