1 Chronicles 5 & 6: God’s War
Verse of the Day: (5:22) For there fell down many slain, because the war was of God. And they dwelt in their steads until the captivity.
1. War (5:1-26)
And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was entreated of them; because they put their trust in him. (5:20)
God gave the birth right of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel, to Joseph, another son of Israel, when the former committed incest with his father’s wife. Even though Joseph was the one with the birth right, yet God appointed Judah, another son of Israel, to be the chief ruler who shall be in the line of Jesus, the Son of God. (Matthew 2:6) Though we may not fully understand God’s way yet we must keep trusting Him. Though many times God allowed their enemies to attack and humble them because they had sinned against Him, yet when they trusted Him and cried to Him, He delivered them out of their captivity. In fact, God preserves a remnant of Israel until today, because they are His people, and He had promised them that one day they shall be a great nation. (Genesis 12:1-3) Indeed, let us trust God and put on His armour of salvation, righteousness, truth, faith, the gospel of peace, His Word and prayer, so that we shall prevail against the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-19)
2. Wait (6:1-32)
And they ministered before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of the congregation with singing, until Solomon had built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem: and then they waited on their office according to their order. (6:32)
God in His sovereignty chose the Levites, one of the 12 tribes of Israel, to wait on, serve and worship Him at His tabernacle which King Solomon had built for Him. Today, we are the Levites, the royal priests, who wait on, serve and worship God in His church by sharing the gospel, baptising the believers, teaching them to obey His Word, worshipping and praising Him, and helping the poor and the weak in the communities. (1 Peter 2:9-10)
3. Wilderness (6:33-81)
And on the other side Jordan by Jericho, on the east side of Jordan, were given them out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer in the wilderness with her suburbs, and Jahzah with her suburbs, (6:78)
God fulfilled His promise when He eventually helped Israel to overcome their enemies, and then allotted to the 12 tribes, except the tribe of Levites, the possessed lands from the suburbs to the wilderness. Though the Levites had no land, yet they had God as their inheritance, as they waited on and served Him at His tabernacle. Indeed, let us be rooted and grounded in God’s love as He bless us according to His power. (Ephesians 3:14-21)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to put on Your whole armour to fight against the devil.