May 18, 2006
Read 1 Chronicles 21
David's sin in taking a military census; his preparation for building the
Solomon was about 20 years of age when he was anointed king. Since young people do not have the years of experience that their elders do, they often underestimate the things that are of greatest importance. Consequently, David was not satisfied with just providing Solomon with the materials needed to build the
David's accumulation of materials for the
David's appeal to Solomon to seek the Lord is still the need of every Christian. True faith is demonstrated by our commitment and obedience to the Word of God and our dependency upon Him to answer prayer while we do all we can to bring it to pass. We should not assume that we can just "leave it up to the Lord and do nothing." The Lord expects our participation in all that we can do. Consider this fact: Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought (working) with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? . . . Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. . . . For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also (James 2:21-22,24,26).
Through the altar David built to sacrifice unto the Lord that
21:13 a great strait =b> deep distress; 21:15 repented Him of the evil =b> had compassion due to man's repentance and intercession; 22:3 without weight =b> beyond calculation; 23:1 old and full of days =b> reached old age; 23:6 courses =b> divisions or groups; 23:11 in one reckoning =b> counted together; 23:24 by their polls =b> individually, by census, head counts.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Job 1:1