3.18 The Book of the “CHRONICLES” 17-18 The Changing of the Guards
Historical record of events concerning God’s establishment of His kingdom; His royal priesthood. Placed between 1, and 2 Kings, Nehemiah and Ezra, Chronicles takes place during the time of Benaiah, Solomon, Samuel, and Esther, and the other champions of Hall of faith (Hebrews 11); at a time when the Israelites are returning from exile in Persia.
THE LINES OF DEMARKATION: I Chronicles begins with genealogies (starting with Adam), and identification of tribes. This was important because it was God’s instruction for individual contributions to be made toward the achievement of God’s overall plan for His people; Including religious leaders, and God’s succession of kings.
“17” The LORD’S Covenant with David;
God’s will; Our assignment: 1 Chronicles 17:1-4 By all accounts, there was no question about David’s heart and commitment for God. 17:3 But that night the word of God came to Nathan:4 “Go to David My servant and say,’ This is what the LORD says,” You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in.” David felt responsible for building a permanent tabernacle for the Ark, after all, he was responsible for transporting it from place to place. Though this was not the designated place and God had a more pressing assignment.
II God’s overall plan. Aligning the intentions of our heart with the word of God (I Chronicles 17:5-6) From the time I brought you out of Egypt until today I have not lived in a house; instead , I have moved from tent to tent and from tabernacle to tabernacle.6 In all My travels throughout Israel, have I ever spoken a word even to one of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people asking: Why haven’t you built Me a house of cedar?’
IN DUE TIME; “God’s Time”: God’s house will be built and with all the deserving splendor-That has already been established. (1 Chronicles 17:11-12) When your time comes to be with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who is one of your sons, and I will establish his kingdom.12 He will build a house for Me, and I will establish his throne forever.
III CLARITY AND PURPOSE: Almost always non-existent: I Chronicles 26-27 17:6 Then King David went in, sat down at the LORD’S presence, and said: Who am I God and what is my house that you have brought me this far? David was being groomed all along, after the death of king Saul and David’s installation as King, a large following began. Soldiers from opposing tribes were enlisted, and alliances were formed with Gad, and the Philistines that allowed David to conquer and secure territories and provisions.
David’s prayer of Thanksgiving (17:16-27); David’s overwhelming appreciation for God’s faithfulness: I Chronicles 17:19 Lord, You have done all this greatness, making known all these great promises because of Your servant according to Your will.
IV VICTORY AND OBEDIENCE: 18:1-17 Defeats Philistines 18:1-2 After this, David defeated the Philistines, subdued them, and took Gath, and its villages from Philistine control.2 He also defeated the Moabites and they became David’s subjects and brought tribute.