June 15, 2018

Josiah led by example. He gave unto the LORD thirty thousand of his own sheep and three thousand of his own bullocks for a Passover sacrifice. Following Josiah’s lead, the men under Josiah also gave generously. We too should lead by example. Parents, what kind of example are you setting for your children? Please open your Bible to Second Chronicles chapter thirty-five, verse seven, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola continues his study of this chapter.

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June 15, 2018

Josiah led by example. He gave unto the LORD thirty thousand of his own sheep and three thousand of his own bullocks for a Passover sacrifice. Following Josiah’s lead, the men under Josiah also gave generously. We too should lead by example. Parents, what kind of...

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June 14, 2018

Josiah encouraged the priests and Levites in their service unto the LORD. Everybody needs to be encouraged in the things of the LORD. The Bible says that, because the LORD is holy, He sees those who are in Christ as being holy, which means that they are set apart for...

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June 13, 2018

Every time there is a revival, it comes as a result of people living by God’s word, which the Chronicler called “The Book.” It was no different in the days of Josiah. When the high priest found "The Book” when they were repairing the Temple, the reasons for Judah’s...

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June 12, 2018

Imagine a twenty-year-old going through the nation, grinding to powder all of its idols. Josiah did this, and he was not very popular with the godless people who were liberal in their theology and their lifestyles. God’s chosen vessels for reform and revival are...

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June 11, 2018

Due to the sins of his grandfather Manasseh and his father Amon, Josiah took the throne at a dark time in Judah’s history. Nevertheless, he followed the LORD during his relatively short life. He was consistent in season and out of season, and the godly example of this...

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June 8, 2018

Because Manasseh and his people would not listen to the warnings from the LORD, punishment finally came. The king of Assyria took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, and carried him to Babylon in chains. Decisions made contrary to God’s word inevitably have...

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June 7, 2018

Manasseh turned the Temple of God into an idolatrous brothel to worship the Canaanite goddess of fertility. When he repented, he removed the idols, but he did not destroy them, as God commanded. When his son, Amon, became king, he found these demonic relics, and...

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June 6, 2018

Manasseh, who was born during during the worst years of the reign of his father Hezekiah, was the longest-reigning king of Judah. He was one of Judah’s most evil kings. Longevity is not necessarily a sign of God’s approval, but it is a sign of God’s patience, for...

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June 5, 2018

When Sennacherib laid siege to Jerusalem, he made some errors in judgment. It was one thing to speak against Judah and its leaders. However, it was another thing altogether to mock the LORD God of Israel. In their written and verbal assaults, they mistakenly equated...

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June 4, 2018

Not long after Hezekiah’s great Passover celebration and the ensuing revival, the people of Jerusalem experienced a great test of their faith. Sennacherib and his fearsome Assyrian army put the city under siege. This is so like Satan, our spiritual enemy, who attacks...

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June 1, 2018

Abundant giving is a sign of a revived hearts. Hezekiah had asked the people to bring tithes and offerings to Jerusalem to support and encourage the Levites in their service to the LORD. So much came in that it took four months to gather and organize it all. Hezekiah...

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May 31, 2018

Hezekiah’s Passover celebration left such a deep impression on the nation that it led to the complete overthrow of idolatry. God’s people began to re-establish the pure worship of Jehovah throughout the land. Genuine repentance breeds genuine revival, because the Lord...

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May 30, 2018

King Hezekiah sent messengers throughout all Israel to come to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. More than that, he called people to turn back to God. Likewise, Jesus Christ, the King of heaven and earth, commands His church to go into all nations and to preach the...

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May 29, 2018

One of King Hezekiah’s most important acts in restoring Israel’s worship took place when he held a celebration of Passover. Though he made every effort to accommodate the ritual requirements, he realized that it was far more important that the hearts of the people...

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May 28, 2018

After years of neglect, Hezekiah had the priests remove all the unclean things from the Temple. It took sixteen days to clean out just the inner portion. Likewise, sanctification is a process in our lives, and we must distance ourselves from things that separate us...

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May 25, 2018

Despite having an evil father, Hezekiah was one of Judah’s good kings. His mother’s name could be a clue as to how this happened: Her name was Abijah, which literally means a worshiper of Jehovah. Praise the Lord for godly mothers and grandmothers! They can be a great...

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May 24, 2018

The northern kingdom of Israel joined with Syria to defeat Ahaz and the armies of Judah. However, this displeased the LORD, because they killed the Judahites without mercy and attempted to enslave their brethren. The LORD sent a prophet to the Northern Kingdom,...

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May 23, 2018

After Jotham, who was a good king, died, the pre-exilic kingdom of Judah hit a low point when Ahaz, his son, took over. Ahaz’s idolatry was abundant and very public. Because of the nation’s gross wickedness, God delivered them into the hands of Syria. This is another...

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May 22, 2018

Jotham became Judah’s king after his father Uzziah died. Jotham profited by his father’s examples—both good and bad. He followed the good and shunned the bad. As Charles Spurgeon once wrote: It is a great mercy for us if, when we have seen others sin, we use their...

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May 21, 2018

Sometimes success is the worst thing that can happen to any of us, because we can become lifted up with pride. It is only by the Lord’s hand that any of us can accomplish anything, because He is the vine and we are only branches. Uzziah lost site of this. Scripture...

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May 18, 2018

Uzziah was initially a great king. He sought the LORD; He loved the LORD. Judah prospered under his reign. He enabled their defenses to be strong, and he expanded their territory. Unfortunately, Uzziah’s success and fame went to his head, and his pride caused him to...

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May 17, 2018

In obedience to God, Amaziah separated an army of mercenaries from his own and sent them back north to Israel. God blessed his obedience, and He gave Judah’s army a great victory over the Edomites. Sadly, the mercenaries that Amaziah sent home plundered Judah and...

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May 16, 2018

A perfect heart is not a sinless heart. The only one who ever had a truly perfect heart was Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, Scripture describes Amaziah as a king that served the LORD, but not with a perfect heart. Amaziah had a divided heart, and Scripture tells us that a...

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May 15, 2018

When Jehoiada and Joash were restoring the Temple, it would have been nothing for God to have caused the money and materials to have appeared miraculously. Yet, as we always see in Scripture, God chooses to fund His work through the willing gifts of His people. He...

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May 14, 2018

When the high priest that counseled Joash during his youth died, Joash started doing what was evil in the LORD’s eyes. Though he once seemed zealous for the things of God, he ended his days as a Baal worshiper. Therefore, we should heed Jesus’ warning to watch and...

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May 11, 2018

After crowning Joash as king, Jehoiada the priest was careful to reinstitute biblical practices and customs for worship according what God had revealed to Moses and David. We should never lose sight of the fact that, in all matters of faith and practice, doctrine and...

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May 10, 2018

When Ahaziah died, his mother, Athaliah seized the throne, and she tried to kill all royal heirs. However, Jehoiada the priest and his wife hid Joash from Athaliah. When Joash, a descendant of David, was seven, Jehoiada surrounded him with armed men so that he could...

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May 9, 2018

In today’s study, we will begin to look at the reign of King Joash. Joash was the first in a sequence of three kings (followed by Amaziah and Uzziah) whose reigns began on a relatively positive note, but all ended in failure or public disgrace, because they rejected...

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May 8, 2018

Both Joram and Azariah knew that death was a consequence of idolatry, according to the Scriptures, but, to their own peril, they ignored the warnings. Likewise, it is dangerous for professing Christians to ignore God’s warnings in Scripture, even though we are no...

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May 7, 2018

After Jehoram died, Ahaziah became king. His mother had influenced him to behave wickedly, and he became as wicked a king as Ahab. Who are your influencers? If you take an inventory of your life, who are the people that influence your life the most? Who is it that...

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May 4, 2018

In contrast to Jehoshaphat, who removed the idoltatrous high places, his sonJehoram actually promoted their construction. Jehoram not only sinned himself, he also forced others to sin, and he died under God’s judgment. Sin is like a cancer that spreads unless it is...

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May 3, 2018

When Jehoshaphat died, Jerhoram, his son, became king of Judah. Jehoram was insecure, and he murderously lashed out at those whom he perceived to be a threat to him and his position. When a person is born again, the Spirit of God rips that insecure and murderous...

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May 2, 2018

Surrounded by a great army that was out to destroy them, Jehoshaphat realized two things: They were no match for their enemy, and they had no idea what to do. However, the king made a national proclamation to do one wise thing: Set your eyes on Jehovah and pray....

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May 1, 2018

After Jehoshaphat made his civil and religious reforms in Judah, the Moabites and Ammonites attacked. Though Jehoshaphat had an army of over one million soldiers, the LORD showed him that He does not need our help to defeat the enemy. He only requires us to be...

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April 30, 2018

In Hebrew, “Jehoshaphat” means “The LORD judges”. Appropriately, Jehoshaphat instituted judicial reforms after he returned home from the battle in which Ahab died. To his credit, he not only sought moral reform in the religious realm, but in the secular realm as well....

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April 27, 2018

Though it nearly cost Jehoshaphat his life, he never learned his lesson about yoking himself with those who hate God. Has God been dealing with you about repeated compromise? No compromise is without cost. Whatever that compromise may be, justifying it only deepens...

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April 26, 2018

One must be careful to discern the difference between God using evil to accomplish His purposes, and attributing evil directly to God. Micaiah decreed that Ahab would die at Ramoth Gilead. God had run out of patience with Ahab. It was time for his judgment. God did...

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April 25, 2018

Some Christians use the phrase, “God told me,” when they are talking about an idea that is really just their own. It might not even be a bad idea, but it is theirs, not God’s. God does not take kindly to people claiming to speak for Him when He is not speaking....

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April 24, 2018

Have you ever made a horrible decision without praying first? Jehoshaphat did. He agreed to join forces with Ahab to go up against Syria. Unfortunately, he did not seek the LORD’s counsel until after he agreed to go war. Please open your Bible to Second Chronicles...

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April 23, 2018

Jehoshaphat was enthusiastically affectionate toward the LORD. His heart was lively and engaged in things that matter to God. Said another way, his heart was bent towards and set upon the things of the LORD. It pleased Jehoshapat to walk cheerfully with the LORD, and...

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April 20, 2018

People generally regard Jehoshaphat as one of Judah’s good kings, but he received rebukes in Scripture for two unholy alliances. When God tells us not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers, He means it! A man’s heart is right with Christ when he wills what God wills...

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April 19, 2018

Unbelief displeases God, and when God sent a prophet to Asa to rebuke him for his unbelief, Asa became wroth with God’s messenger for telling him the truth. Beware of rejecting the LORD’s truth and His correction, as Asa learned, the consequences are bad. Please open...

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April 18, 2018

Spiritual and physical decline marked the last five years of Asa’s reign. As the king drifted away from the LORD, he placed his trust in men rather than in God. Asa’s life reminds of the need to remain steadfast in our walk with Jesus Christ, no matter how old we are...

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April 17, 2018

A prophecy made by Azariah the son of Oded emboldened and encouraged Asa. Asa responded to the exhortation with action. He made a renewed effort to continue removing the idolatry from the land. We also must be responsive to what we read and what we hear from God’s...

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April 16, 2018

The Spirit of God exhorted Asa to remember that Israel was spiritually declining, because they chose to do that which was right in their own eyes instead of submitting to God’s word and His will. The end of the book of Judges gives us a picture of the tragic results...

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April 13, 2018

During a time of rest and quiet, Asa did not kick back. He used his time wisely as a steward of God by doing two important things: First, he determined to seek the Lord fervently. Then he fortified himself in anticipation of future battles. We should also fortify...

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April 12, 2018

Asa became Judah’s king after Abijah. His reign started well but ended badly. As Asa got older, his trust in and obedience to God’s word gave way to dependence on human alliances, and he rejected God’s prophet. Compromise and ungodly deeds punctuated His final years....

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April 11, 2018

We know we are fighting against God when we deliberately ignore what He has commanded us to do. Abijah reminded Jeroboam that he was directly disobeying the Lord with his golden calves and his priesthood, and Abijah’s army routed Jeroboam’s. This shows that no one can...

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April 10, 2018

The civil war that started between Rehoboam in southern Israel and Jeroboam in the north continued during the short reign of Abijah, who was Rehoboam’s son. Abijah thought that Jeroboam and his followers took advantage of Rehoboam’s weaknesses. The devil is our enemy,...

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April 9, 2018

Rehoboam only trusted in God and was serious about Him as long as he felt he needed something from Him. This was the root cause of his eventual defection from the Lord. If we, by the grace of God, should grow strong and prosperous, we must beware of the temptation to...

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April 6, 2018

After Jeroboam revolted from Rehoboam, he removed God’s priests and Levites from office and replaced them with a false priesthood. The true priests fled to the Southern Kingdom. Tragically, shortly after renouncing the house of David, the northern tribes turned to...

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April 5, 2018

Rehoboam made his subjects wait for three days for his answer to their request for tax relief. He asked his elder advisors first, but he apparently decided to reject their advice before he even heard it. He then asked his younger, less-wise counsellors, for their...

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April 4, 2018

After Solomon died, his son Rehoboam became Israel’s king. Solomon had placed a heavy yoke of taxes and forced labor on his people to support his ambitious building programs. The people asked his son for relief, but he defiantly refused, and the people revolted....

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April 3, 2018

The physical building of the Temple was Solomon’s work, done by the direction, power, and inspiration of the LORD. However, the consecration of the building was God’s work alone. Solomon could build a building, but only God could hallow it with His presence, and after...

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April 2, 2018

When Solomon completed his prayer of dedication for the Temple, God sent fire from heaven to consume the burnt offering and sacrifices as a vivid and visible proof of His approval. Note that the fire of God came down on the sinless sacrifice, not the sinful people....

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March 30, 2018

In Solomon’s Temple, priests placed the ark beneath and between the wings of two golden cherubs within the Most Holy Place. On top of the ark was the mercy seat. It was at the mercy seat that God said that He would commune with man. We should be glad that God does not...

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March 29, 2018

In Solomon’s Temple, priests placed the ark beneath and between the wings of two golden cherubs within the Most Holy Place. On top of the ark was the mercy seat. It was at the mercy seat that God said that He would commune with man. We should be glad that God does not...

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March 28, 2018

Solomon had completed the Temple, but it was just an empty shell until they moved the ark into it, and God’s glory filled it. Likewise, our lives are but an empty shell of human existence until Jesus Christ dwells in our hearts by faith. The Temple took seven years to...

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March 27, 2018

Solomon built the Temple on Mount Moriah. This is the same hill upon which Abraham offered Isaac and the same set of hills upon which our heavenly Father offered His only begotten Son, Jesus, on the cross as the propitiation for our sins. Though it would be a grand...

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March 26, 2018

When building the Temple in Jerusalem, Solomon made sure to explain that it would not “contain God” in the way that pagan temples contained their gods. The Jewish Temple housed no idol, as did the pagan temples of his day. Israel’s God was not localized in any way,...

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March 23, 2018

If the God of the universe gave you the opportunity to receive anything that you desired from Him, would you ask Him for power, riches, or maybe a long life? Solomon had such an opportunity, and He asked for something far better than any of those things, and His...

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March 22, 2018

Ezra wrote the book of Second Chronicles to encourage and exhort those who had returned to Jerusalem from Babylonian exile. The remnant needed encouragement to keep their faith alive in the midst of difficulty, and they needed a word of hope for the future. This book...

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March 21, 2018

When one realizes the true grace and goodness of God, we, like David, should ask ourselves, “Who am I?” A true revelation of God’s Gospel of grace will banish all forms of boasting in your life. We must realize that we cannot give God anything, because it all belongs...

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March 20, 2018

God chooses whom He wills to serve Him and to lead His people. Serving God in a ministerial sense is not a vocation, it is a high and holy calling, and His work is great. While working for and with God can be very challenging, it is the most rewarding work on the...

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March 19, 2018

God chose Solomon to be David’s successor and the one to build the Temple. It was a solemn obligation on Solomon’s part, for these were God’s chosen people, and the Temple was for the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Note that each of these appointments were choices...

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March 16, 2018

Today we begin our look at the last chapters of David’s reign over Israel. Having covered the organization of the Temple servants, we move to the organization of Israel’s civil government. God ordained and ordered both, and His divine law governed their operations....

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March 15, 2018

God gifted those who were called by Him to serve in Temple worship with the ability to play and sing skillfully. David wisley did not give the choice worship assignments only to the most talented and greatest. He let God do the choosing, because it was both a...

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March 14, 2018

Today’s passage concerns the ministry of vocal and instrumental music used in the Temple. Interestingly, the captains of the army took part in the selection and organization of Israel’s “worship leaders”. David sensed a connection between the security of the kingdom...

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March 13, 2018

Our God is a God of order. God-ordained order is a biblical principle that pertains to a marriage, a family, and the Body of Christ. A cell in the human body that does its own thing is called cancer. Any individual who does their own thing or has an agenda apart from...

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March 12, 2018

Like the priests of the Old Testament, God has called us to a life of holiness and dedication to Him. Christians should cultivate the discipline of blessing the Lord and praising Him every day. He is worthy of all our praises! Moreover, we should use the gifts that He...

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March 9, 2018

Near the end of David’s life, after he had essentially given Solomon the reins of government, he began organizing an enduring religious and political structure that would perpetually meet the nation’s needs. He recognized the importance of God’s people gathering for...

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March 8, 2018

David gave Solomon everything he needed to build the Temple in Jerusalem. All Solomon needed to provide was obedience. The same is true of us. Peter’s second epistle tells us that God has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness.” Our part is simply to...

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March 7, 2018

David was not able to do the one thing that he wanted to do above everything else on this earth: He wanted to build a temple for God. God has prevented many a man from reaching their ultimate life goals, because of sin in their lives. Sin dragged David down. It drags...

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March 6, 2018

Though David repented of his sin, God told him that there would be consequences. The LORD allowed David to choose one of three forms of chastening. David chose to fall into God’s hands rather than into the hands of men. It is very sweet when we recognize our merciful...

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March 5, 2018

Can Satan force you to do wrong? No, the devil can only bait the trap and try to convince you that, what God calls poison, is really delicious and healthy. Satan only tempted David with the idea to number Israel, but it was David who decided to act on the...

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March 2, 2018

In spiritual warfare, no matter how many times you get a victory over some giant in your life, the enemy will return. Do not be surprised if your find yourself repeatedly facing the same battles in your walk with Jesus Christ. The key to victory is to be where the...

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March 1, 2018

Spring evokes thoughts of flowers, longer days, and outdoor exercise. However, in ancient times, spring meant that it was time for kings to go war. In today’s passage, Israel’s army went out to war, but King David stayed behind. The Chronicler did not mention David’s...

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February 28, 2018

Throughout history, God has called great men like David to lead His people. However, no leader is capable of handling the work of God alone. Every leader is in great need of faithful people to come alongside of them and go to battle with them. God blessed David with...

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February 27, 2018

Although the Ammonites were Israel’s relatives, there was always hostility between them. Works of the flesh always stir up animosity among brethren. Let us not be blind to our own fleshly tendencies towards hostility, nor be ignorant of Satan’s devices in inciting us...

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February 26, 2018

After many military victories, neighboring kings sent David gifts of gold, silver, and brass. David knew that it was the LORD that had given him his victories, so dedicated these materials for the Temple’s construction. David avoided the trap that takes many. It is...

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February 23, 2018

What do you do when you have something on your heart that is good and godly, but God tells you that He wants someone else to it? When this happened to David, he did not pout about it. He accepted God’s will and determined that he was going to do all that he could to...

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February 22, 2018

Though the LORD prevented David from building His Temple, God promised David a perpetual throne from which the Messiah would reign. We should always remember that our relationship with God is always based upon what He does for us, never upon what we do for Him. All...

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February 21, 2018

Today we get another example showing that having good intentions to do something that is truly good are insufficient grounds for proceeding. Nathan the prophet learned that is unwise to speak before hearing from God when he told David to proceed in building a temple...

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February 20, 2018

In David’s psalm of thanksgiving, he admonished his jubilant listeners to glory in the name of the LORD. To do this, one must glory in the greatness and splendor of all that God is. It also means to seek God with all our hearts, and not just our heads. Doing this will...

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February 19, 2018

Today’s message describes events surrounding the arrival of the Ark of the Covenant in the city of David. God’s people were joyfully feasting, singing, and offering prayers of thanksgiving. They recognized the arrival of the ark in the city of David as a sign of God’s...

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February 16, 2018

A few months after his first failed attempt, David successfully moved the Ark of the Covenant from the house of Obededom to Jerusalem with great fanfare and unbridled worship. God is worshiped whenever and wherever His Word is believed, His commands are obeyed, and...

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February 15, 2018

God blessed David’s reign. He had favor with some neighboring kingdoms, like Tyre, and God allowed him to prevail over enemies like the Philistines. While David wisely sought the LORD before going into battle, he disregarded God’s laws when he started multiplying his...

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February 14, 2018

Living in the age of grace, Christians can easily drift into a careless attitude about doing the things of the Lord. We should never presume to worship God according to our own imaginations. Worship is not intended to make us feel good. Worship is about magnifying the...

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February 13, 2018

Sometimes Christians can have the best of intentions, and what they desire to do is truly a good thing. However, failure to consult the Lord in prayer about the best way to attempt such a work can result in disaster. David’s first attempt to move the Ark of the...

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February 12, 2018

Today’s passage describes key qualities of the Israelites that rallied around David when they made him king at Hebron. Most notably, the men of Issachar were able to discern what the LORD was doing by making David their king. All of them were able to hold rank, even...

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February 9, 2018

Today’s passage is a flashback to the days before David’s coronation, when he was hiding in the Judean desert from Saul. For sixteen months Achish, a Philistine king, offered David and his mighty men refuge at Ziklag. Nevertheless, David knew that God was his real...

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February 8, 2018

In today’s study we will find David hiding from his enemies in the cave of Adullam. However, he was not cowering in fear. Instead, he was worshiping his Lord. Based on David’s example, worshiping and praising our God is an effective response to the attacks of our...

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February 7, 2018

It says in Daniel eleven thirty-two that people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits. The lives of David and his mighty men provide many examples of this. Two decades after Samuel anointed him, with much of that time spent in exile while hiding from...

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February 6, 2018

King Saul died because of his transgression against the LORD. Saul habitually disobeyed God’s commands. So when Saul quit listening to God, God did not answer Saul. When God stopped speaking to Saul, he sought counsel through a necromancer at Endor. This sin was his...

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February 5, 2018

While First Samuel devotes approximately twenty chapters to the reign of Saul, First Chronicles only devotes one chapter to Israel’s first king. Moreover, its primary concern is Saul’s death, because this made possible David’s ascendency to the throne. King David and...

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February 2, 2018

Today we will finish our survey of Israel’s genealogical history. Besides the names of people in seven of Israel’s tribes, we also get a list of families that lived in Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity. Scripture reminds us that God allowed the Babylonians to...

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February 1, 2018

The next stop on our genealogical survey concerns the Levites, which includes Aaron’s descendants, which were the only ones allowed to serve as high priests. Unlike other tribes, their cities were strategically located throughout Israel: Four cities in each tribal...

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January 31, 2018

As we continue our study of the genealogical record of First Chronicles, Scripture draws our attention to the tribes of Israel and the lands that they inherited. We will also learn about some of their battles. In particular, when the trans-Jordanian tribes fought...

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January 30, 2018

In today’s broadcast we resume our survey of key family lineages of the Bible by looking at Jesse and his seven sons. After rejecting Jesse’s six oldest sons, God told Samuel to annoint David, Jesse’s youngest son, to be Israel’s next king. This account reminds us...

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January 29, 2018

Superficially, the opening chapters of First Chronicles have all the literary appeal of a phone book. However, to Jewish exiles that returned home from the Babylonian captivity, this book’s genealogies reminded them that they were God’s people. For Christians, the...

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