May 14, 2006
Read I Chronicles 8 -- 10
Descendants of Benjamin; priests and Levites in
Only a small minority of Israelites were willing to leave the comforts of the new Persian kingdom and return to
Now the first inhabitants that dwelt in their possessions in their cities were, the Israelites, the priests, Levites, and the Nethinims (the
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. . . . But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing (distributing) to every man severally (individually) as He will, and not necessarily as we prefer (I Corinthians 12:4,11). Regardless of the seeming importance or insignificance of our abilities, they are a sacred trust from God. The Lord does not expect the person who is given one talent to fulfill the responsibility of the person who has five talents (Matthew 25:14-30). But, though his talents may be minimal, everyone can do something. Paul reminded Titus that many profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being . . . disobedient (Titus 1:16).
We are required to be faithful stewards (managers) of our lives and the abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to us. Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men (Colossians 3:23).
8:31 Zacher =b> Zechariah (not the prophet); 8:33 Esh-baal (Ish-bosheth); 9:21 porter =b> gatekeeper of the entrance way; 9:22 set office =b> trustworthy position; 9:23 by wards =b> as guards; 9:28 bring them in and out by tale =b> count them when they bring them in and take them out; 10:2 followed hard after =b> closely pursued and overtook; 10:3 went sore =b> was fierce; 10:4 uncircumcised =b> those without a covenant with God.
Pray for Government Officials: Sen. Byron Dorgan (ND) and Rep. Alan Mollohan (WV) · Country:
Memory Verse for the Week: Job 1:1