1 Chronicles 11 & 12: Lives In Jeopardy
Verse of the Day: (11:19) And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mightiest.
1. Jerusalem (11:1-9)
And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. (11:4)
God ordained David, a shepherd, to be the next king replacing Saul, the first king, as the latter had disobeyed Him. (Acts 13:21-24) King David then challenged Israel that whoever be the first to kill the Jebusites, their enemies who dwelt in Jerusalem, would be his captain. Joab was appointed as David’s captain as he was the first to kill the Jebusites. Israel defeated the Jebusites and claimed Jerusalem, the city which God’s house shall be built, and one day, it shall be the new Jerusalem, the holy city of God. (Revelation 21:1-4) Indeed, let us boldly claim God’s promises as we are His conquerors. (Romans 8:37-39)
2. Jeopardy (11:10-47)
And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD, (11:18)
David could never be a godly king without God and his mighty men. 3 of his mighty men loved David so much that they jeopardised their lives by intruding into the camp of the Philistines to take the water of the well of Beth-lehem which he longed for it. When they successfully got the water and gave it to David, the latter poured it as an offering to God thanking Him for blessing him with such mighty men. All Israel then pledged their allegiance to David. Indeed, godliness, loyalty and teamwork are vital ingredients for the success of the family and church, where Jesus Christ is our Head and Chief. (Psalms 127)
3. Joy (12:1-40)
Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was joy in Israel. (12:40)
Almost all from the 12 tribes of Israel and from all walks of lives such as the mighty soldiers and the wise men to the ordinary and common folks came to Hebron with joy and unity to make David the king over all Israel. They brought food and drinks with them and celebrated with David for 3 days. Indeed, let us be leaders who truly follow God and His Word so that our people shall joyfully and faithfully follow us. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to live for You and even in jeopardy if it is Your will.