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Drinking Living Water – Day 17 March 26, 2011

Posted by michaelnjohns in Uncategorized.

Drinking Living Water Through a Fire Hose- Day 17: I Chronicles 27- II Chronicles 24, Psalm 80-85, Proverbs 17, Romans 1-8

I Chronicles 27- the army of the month clubs. Clearly, loyalty ran in families and was recognized here. In the list of Army Commander of the Month Clubs, see v 2, a descendent of Perez, v 5, Benaiah son of Jehoida, 7, Joab’s brother and nephew, in the list of officers over the tribes see v18, David’s brother Elihu, Omri son of Michael, 19, Ishmaiah son of Obadiah, 20, Joel son of Pedaiah, 21 Iddo son of Zechariah, and Jaasiel son of Abner. In v. 33 I see something I admire. David had a mentor and a friend. 33 Ahithophel was the king’s counselor. Hushai the Arkite was the king’s friend. WHAT must THAT have been like? 34 Ahithophel was succeeded by Jehoiada son of Benaiah and by Abiathar.

And a nanny (or trainer) Jehiel from a prior verse.

Chapter 28: David announces Solomon as his successor, and gives Solomon plans for the temple that he says God has revealed to him. Hmmm… See Hebrews 8:25 and 9:23 here.

Chapter 29: 12: 12 Wealth and honor come from You;

II Chron 1: Solomon asks for wisdom, He is a wise fool. Solomon is made wise but acquires women and horses and chariots and wealth, even though God said not to do that. (Deuteronomy 17:16-18).
Chapter 2: Solomon makes plans to build the temple, hires experts and asks for timber to be provided. Hiram furnishes the timber and also a designer of metal and fabric named Huram-Abi, a half-Danite. Fabulous. I went back to Genesis 49 to read the blessing on Dan, and found 16 “Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel. 17 Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider tumbles backward. 18 “I look for your deliverance, O LORD.” It’s like a comedian who says, I look forward to your letters (of displeasure about his jokes). II Chron 4: Solomon finishes the temple 5: Solomon brings the Ark of the Covenant (Mosaic) into the temple. They have a singin’ and God’s
Glory fills the temple and it’s too misty/dark to continue inside the temple, the priests evacuate. 6: Solomon leads the people in a public prayer of dedication. 7 God consumes the sacrifice with fire from heaven. God warns him and all to obey and not serve other Gods. 16 My Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
8 Solomon’s work. 9 The queen of Sheba visits. Solomon’s wealth. Solomon’s Death. Rehoboam becomes king. 10 Rehoboam rejects wise counsel, Adoniram is stoned to death when sent to enforce his taxation. 11 Rehoboam told by God not to attack them. He obeys. Rehoboam multiplied wives but his favorite was Maacah whom he married after Mahalath. 12 Rehoboam abandons God, God abandons him to Shishak, King of Egypt. v14 He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the LORD. 13 A son of Rehoboams second wife, not a son of his first, becomes king in Jerusalem. He took cities and gained power as he sought God and did not forsake him. Jeroboam is “struck down” by the Lord. 14 Asa succeeds Abijah, removes idolatry, succeeds in battle. 15 Description of Asa’s removal of idolatry, including an Asherah pole made by Maacah his grandmother. 16 Asa seeks a treaty instead of God’s counsel, Hanani the seer prophesies against the kingdom, Asa has a foot disease, Asa dies. 17 Jehosaphat, a good king. Succeeds. 18 He allies with king Ahab in Samaria. Micaiah advises the proposed battle will fail. Micaiah prophesies Ahabs death. He dies. 19 Jehoshaphat is challenged by Jehu the seer to serve God. 20 Jehoshaphat prays when challenged in battle, succeeds without raising arms (tells his soldiers to stand firm and courageous) they find bodies of ambushed soldiers. Jehoshaphat makes an alliance without seeking God, ships he built to trade are destroyed. 21 Jehoshaphat dies, his son kills all his brothers. Jehoram forsakes God and serves idols. Elijah writes him and prophesies a bowel disease. v18 prophecy fulfilled and he dies. No one honors his memory or mourns his death. II Chron 22 seemed almost apologetic, like we’re supposed to feel sorry for the kings youngest son, who was led down a path by his mother. He was 22. When he died in battle, in a fit of jealous rage his mother kills off all the other heirs to the throne except one, Joash, saved by Jehosheba. She hid him until he was 6 and he was raised up right. He was brought up in the temple. When it was time for the unveiling, he was crowned as king and there were guardians everywhere. Athalia cried treason, but she was killed herself. Athalia reminded me of Satan himself, trying to stop Jesus from ever being born and the promises of God from being fulfilled. One wonders if Satan will cry “treason” when his kingdom is overthrown in favor of the Kingdom of Heaven, when the rightful King Jesus steps forward to take charge.
Joash took charge and restored the temple. But after doing good until the death of Jehoiada he turned to deceivers, who turned his attention to idols. Because he abandoned God, God abandoned him to the Arameans. So prophesied Zechariah the son of Jehoiada. Zechariah was put to death for his (treasonous?) prophesy. But then his prophecy was fulfilled. The king was assassinated in his bed by several people apparently, who schemed (v26) against him. Zabad (bestowed) and Jehozabad (god has bestowed), sons of Ammonite and Moabite women. Amaziah (Strength of the Lord) becomes king .

Psalm 81: 6 He says, “I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket.
7 In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud;
Psalm 81:16 a peculiar expression:
honey out of the rock?
Psalm 85: 10 Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.
Proverb 17 Children are a blessing to their parents if they are good.
Romans 1-8 Romans 2 kind of jumps out at me, reminding me who I was and how God made me behave better- so therefore who am I to behave all pious and “holier than thou” with people of the world. I have to be my self and tell them about Jesus, while serving. Romans 3: 21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

So it is merely believing that God counts for righteousness, and not my work. Work is motivated by being saved by God, not the other way around.
Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[ak] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved.



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