Tuesday, May 17, 2011

1 Chronicles 28


Prairie Chick said...

I have to admit I got hung up on verse 9 "If you go to Him for help you will get an answer. But if you turn away from Him, He will leave you forever."

that doesn't fit my picture of God. that doesn't fit what I was trying to express to Shailey after the Song of Solomon reading and I am not sure what to make of it.

on a clearer note, I love how God has specific purposes for specific people. David was anointed to clean house, Solomon was anointed to build a house. Some were anointed to guard the house and some to run the house. The body is truly "a body", each part designed for a special function, and if any one part is missing, we suffer and lack.

Shailey said...

"For the LORD sees every heart and understands and knows every plan and thought."v 9

God will always understand you even when nobody else does,sometimes God will be the only one to understand you but he will ALWAYS understand how you are feeling.

Prairie Chick said...

so over lunch I had some time to do a word study on this verse;

so the part that was hanging me up was "if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever."

my thoughts; first important to understand the context of who this was being said to, right? to Solomon, in light of his future role as King, nothing to do with salvation, actually to do with relationship.

"forsake" is azab in Hebrew, meaning also; relinquish, refuse, leave.

"cast you off" is zanach, meaning also "push aside, reject, forsake, remove far away off".

I think this lines up with the idea I was trying to express to Shailey after the Song of Solomon reading. The idea of if we shut the door in God's face, we are refusing relationship with Him and while that doesn't mean that our Father/child relationship with Him changes (he doesn't disown us) it DOES mean that our relationship SUFFERS. We are estranged. He will not force us to "let Him in".

I think there might be something more here that I wasn't seeing before, and I think that Shailey might have actually hit the nail on the head. He will indeed "remove far away off" in order that we might feel that loss and desire closeness with Him once again. Like when the woman wouldn't get up to open the door to her lover in Song of Solomon, he went away, then she was desirious of him, but he had distanced himself. Maybe Shailey was more right than I realized. But the motive would be for us to desire and pursue His presence.

When it comes to the "forever" part, again, context, no? Cast him off forever AS KING. God might give us the privelege of a certain ministry but if we deny His place in it and misuse our postion then He will raise up another man for the job and we will have blown "that opportunity" forever.