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Weekly Daily Devotional
Week of December 31, 2017
Monday – 1 Chronicles, Chapter 2
1.David's sisters, Abigail and Zeruiah are probably mentioned because their children played an important role in the formation and development of Israel. David's nephews supported him in battle as he rose to the throne. (Vs. 16) Let us think of our family line, and the important role descendants played in our lives. Each life has meaning, and it all intertwines to bring about God's purposes.
2.Not having children was seen as a great misfortune in Hebrew culture. (Vs. 32)
This was probably mentioned so that others would see that Jether was an unfortunate man.
3.Sheshan gave his daughter in marriage to his servant because he had no sons. (Vs. 34-35) This was a way to keep the property in the family. He could give his property to his daughters but after marriage it would belong to their husband. (See. Num. 27:1-8) He could designate a servant to be an adoptive heir, just as Abraham did before he had a son of his own. Therefore, he adopted his servant and then gave his daughter to him in marriage.
4.Concubines had fewer privileges than a primary wife but being on the genealogical list guaranteed proper care, food, clothing, and freedom in case of mistreatment. (Vs. 46)
Tuesday - 1 Chronicles , Chapter 3
1.During the closing days of Judah's history the transition from one king to another was sometimes made under difficult circumstances. (Vs. 3:16) The reign of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, came to an end with the exile into Babylonia.
Today, let us pray for our president and leaders around the world for God to move upon their heart to do what is right and just for all.
Wednesday - 1 Chronicles, Chapter 4
1.To the Hebrew way of thinking, Jabez was a "born loser." His name literally means "pain." In spite of this, he was honored because of his relationship with God. (Vs. 9-10) What more could anyone want, but to have honor because of a relationship with God! Glory!
2.The example of Jabez shows that God blesses those who faithfully call on him. (Vs. 9-10) Jabez demonstrates that God's blessings and protection do not come automatically, but occur because of our commitment to Him and His cause on earth, and as a result of our daily prayers.
3.Let us mark the Jabez prayer in our Bible, and pray it every day!
Thursday, 1 Chronicles, Chapter 5
1.As firstborn son, Reuben could have had tremendous privileges. Unfortunately his actions caused him to lose that so he could not be listed in accordance with his birthright. (Vs. 1) Sin can destroy God's best for us. Because of Jesus, and our relationship with Him, we can be forgiven and set free. But we may still suffer the consequences.
2.Simeon and Levi, second and third in line, could not lead the Israelites because their vengeance endangered the clan's safety. (Vs. 2)
3.Throughout Chron. the truth that disobedience and sin brings judgement and troubles, where obedience and faithfulness brings peace and blessings is brought out powerfully. (Vs. 25-26) This should motivate us to fear God and obey the Holy Spirit's leadership and promptings.
Friday - 1 Chronicles, Chapter 6
1.This Chapter gives us the descendants of Levi, the line of high priests. The sons of Levi were chosen by God for spiritual service in the tabernacle and temple. (Vs. 1)
2.Worshiping God in song is a form of ministry to Him. (Vs. 32) God is very pleased with this, and through singing we present ourselves to Him in faith and love. (See Eph. 5:19) Let us open our mouths and worship the King of Kings! Sing to Him today!
3.Fellow Israelites were assigned to all other duties in the Tabernacle, the house of God. (Vs. 48) But Aaran and his descendants were the ones who presented the offerings on the altar. (Vs. 49)
4.The Levites were a reminder that God had given the promised land to Israel. (Vs. 54)
Saturday - 1 Chronicles, Chapter 7
1.Sheerah, whose name meant kinswoman had to have been an outstanding woman to have been mentioned at all in this patriarchal society. (Vs. 24) She supervised a construction project, which was not normal for a woman in those days. However, if we read Proverbs 31:10-31 we can see what was considered to be an outstanding woman.