MAY 3 READINGS...1 Chronicles 23:1-25:31
David is still king, but he has also appointed Solomon as king. Solomon is young and David realizes that he has a great task ahead of him. David was a man of war, so the Lord would not let him build the Lord's temple. Since David has brought relative peace to the land, Solomon was not required to be a man of war, so he could concentrate on this great task. David was doing everything he could to set up Solomon to have great success in the building and continued functioning of the temple. David begun by buying the threshing floor that would become the leveled high spot for the temple. This mount is the same one where Abraham offered Isaac up in obedience to the Lord. The initial place of sacrifice would become the continual place of sacrifice...and not too far from this spot, on the same ridge would be the ultimate and final place of sacrifice where Jesus would be crucified.
In preparation for Solomon to build the temple David started acquiring the materials needed. This would be a very ornate and beautiful building. David would spare no expense, and he would use the best of materials to build this place of worship and sacrifice. David would also prepare those who would serve in the temple from the tribe of Levi. Much like with the tabernacle in the wilderness...different clans from the tribe of Levi would assume their prescribed places of service in the temple. This was according to God's plan which began with Moses and the instructions he received from the Lord...with the building of the temple this would bring full circle the work of the Lord in the tribe of Levi. It would also provide a permanent place for the Ark, and for the sacrifices that Israel would offer to the Lord. David is coming to the end of his life, and though he would not be able to build the temple...the Lord would allow him to do all the necessary preparation for its building. I love the thought of how God used David at every stage of his life...the way the Lord used him changed as he aged...but the fact that God would use him never changed. The same is true for us...regardless of the season of life we are in, God can and will use us.
Please share your thoughts from today's readings. Seek the Lord as to how He wants to use you in his kingdom's work...because He will use us all.
TOMORROW'S READINGS...1 Chronicles 26:1-28:21