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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Chronological Reading Plan for May 3, 1 Chron 13-16

Today's readings are 1 Chronicles 13-16. Tomorrow's are Psalms 1, 2, 15, 22, 23, 24, 47, 68.

In 1 Chron 13, David sits on the throne over Israel, neighboring kings honor him and the blessings of God are flowing freely. David's decision to bring the ark to Jerusalem from Kiriath-Jearimm is a good one. But they move the ark the same way the Philistines moved it, on a cart. Uzzah may or may not be a Levite. Even if he is, he touches the ark. Uzzah had good intentions but God told Israel how to transport the ark and David, Uzzah and his men ignored those commands. Uzzah dies. There is great danger in getting too familiar with God, believing that His blessings give us license to get loose with His commandments. God remains holy in times of tension and in times of great blessing. We never have the prerogative to minimize or ignore His holiness.

With God's miraculous help, the Philistines are defeated. David prospers with many houses, wives and children. The ark is brought to Jerusalem, this time according to the directions given by God. There is great fanfare, praise and celebration. David assembles the priesthood and appoints levites and priests to tend to the ark in Jerusalem and to serve the tabernacle, which is still in Gibeon. Once again, we see God's grace in how He forgives His repentant, worshiping people even though they have sinned.

God has ushered Israel through the reign of the king they wanted, even though there was hardship and war throughout that reign. He now pours out His blessings on them as He establishes the king He has fashioned for them.  

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