November 11, Reading 1 – 1 Chronicles 29


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SAA Notes

Everyone gave to build the temple of the Lord – king, priest, Levite, citizen of ancient Israel. It is everyone’s privilege to give today to build the living temple of the Lord – minister, elder, member, adherent!

SJA Notes

“Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.”

Here we see the joy that comes from sowing bountifully – God’s people  rejoicing in their generosity.

We read in 2 Corinthians 9,

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

How wonderful it is that David the king reflects the reality of our KING IN HEAVEN – That He loves a cheerful giver.

Let us wrestle with what this means for us in our lives today. To be generous without thought of return, and to guard against the pressure to give under compulsion or reluctantly.

* Dear Lord God,

You love a cheerful giver – Please help us give cheerfully!

Please help us Lord to give of our time, our energy, our thoughts and actions and our speech – Everything of us, in whatever opportunity You bring – Help us to give freely without thought of return.

And please protect us Lord from bad doctrine, false religion, that breaks away from this truth You have laid down.


November 10, Reading 1 – 1 Chronicles 28


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SAA Notes

In a solemn sacred assembly of God’s people, David invests Solomon with the charge to build the Temple of the Lord. This was to be the great work of his life. The New Testament shows us that the Temple of the Lord that we are to be builders of is the Church. It’s a temple built of living stones! Jesus’ great commission was just such a solemn investiture of us disciples.

SJA Notes

“Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the LORD God, even my God, is with you.”

We have heard similar cries from Moses (Deuteronomy 31) and Joshua (Joshua 1) and others, and here David repeats the exhortation to his son Solomon.

By the Lord’s mighty hand David had conquered the enemies of God and His people. There was peace.

Solomon’s reign is one of peace and prosperity.

So why would David exhort his son to not be afraid or dismayed?

It seems like one big reason is the task Solomon was given – To build God’s house, the temple.

That the Lord God Almighty tasks you with building His house is a big deal – This is the place where He will dwell!

Sometimes we can be afraid, dismayed, stressed or worried about what the Lord calls us to do.

These words ring true for us as they did for Solomon.

Let us be strong and do whatever the Lord sets our hands to do.

* God Above,

Thank You for the encouragement to be strong and courageous that we read  throughout Your word.

Thank You that You do equip us and strengthen us to do this – We can be strong in Your strength, and we can be courageous by our trust in Your sovereignty.

Thank You Lord!


November 9, Reading 1 – 1 Chronicles 26, 27


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SAA Notes

Gate keepers/those who police the place, treasurers, army officers/ those involved in defence and offence, political leaders and bureaucrats/those involved in administration. We need people of all sorts of gifts and abilities in the Church of God. Isn’t this Paul’s point in 1 Corinthians 12 – different members but one body?

SJA Notes

We read here how complex it is to run a country of a million-plus people.

Look at all the jobs.

There are accountants, auditors, captains of industry and military, councillors and more.

Even just taking the finance and wealth-management of the kingdom, we can find much depth in this passage.

There is Ahijah in chapter 26 verse 20, who is in charge of the treasuries of the house of God and of dedicated gifts.

In verse 26 we have Shelomoth who had charge of the treasuries of the dedicated gifts (perhaps in conjunction with Ahijah) – Perhaps something like a chief auditor!

In chapter 27 verse 25 we read of Azmaveth who looked after the accounts of the country itself, and then Jonathan who oversaw the management of the city, village and tower finances.

God is a God of order. We see this in how He made the world.

And we see it here in these passages, in the temporal and spiritual structures He instituted and brought about.

So there is much wisdom for us here. Good order promotes a healthy society. Good order is a part of true religion.

We can be encouraged in the work God has for us, the different roles we have throughout our day and week – Because it’s working for the Lord!

* God Above,

Thank You for the work You have done Lord God, in creation and since then – Working for the good of us, Your people.

Thank You for the work You have set for us to do Lord God. Please help us to go about that work with all our might.

Thank You Lord.