Tuesday, February 1, 2011

1 Chronicles 13

3 comments:

Prairie Chick said...

I always find this chapter so elusive. It seems they are seeking the will of the Lord, all in unity (a miracle in itself, how hard is it to not have any dissenters??) they are rejoicing before the Lord and excited to be seeking His will (or so it seems) when God lashes out at them for something that *I* would feel justifiable. But then I am not the caller of the shots. That was my evening devotions yesterday from our small group book.

"To have knowledge of good adn evil means to be the origin or determiner of what is good and evil and what is true or untrue. Thus when Adam and Eve chose to eat the forbidden fruit, they were saying in effect, "We reject God as the One who determines what is right or wrong. We will determine for ourselves what is good for us."

"All sin is the inevitable consequence of rebellion toward God, and every temptation is an attempt to get us to live our lives independently of God."

I guess that was the case here too. It was strictly forbidden to touch the ark. To touch it was an act of rebellion.

Tough truths.

Berry Girl said...

well, the first thing that struck me when I read it was this: "Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people" (v.4)

It seemed right to them, in their eyes, but it does not say that they asked the Lord what they should do.

Then, they transported the Ark on a cart, but according to my notes God had given specific instructions in the past on how to transport the Ark (not on a cart, but it was to be carried by certain people, the Kohathites, on two poles)

So it seems that while David had good intentions, he went about it in the wrong way, no?

Joan said...

vs. 3 "It is time to bring back the Ark of our God, for we neglected it during the reign of Saul"
Life Application says "The neglect of the Ark symbolized Israel's neglect of God. Bringing the Ark back to the center of Israel's life reflected David's desire to remind the nation of its true foundation - God. Neglecting those things that remind us of God - the Bible, the church, and contact with Christians will cause us also to neglect God. How would an observer know that God is at the center of our life?
Something to think about.