woman making plans May 15, 16 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading (NIV) or alternate versions (use your browser arrow to return): 1Chronicles 22; Psalms 29, 30, 1Chronicles 23:1-23; 1Chronicles 6:16-30; 1Chronicles 23:24- 24:31; 1Chronicles 25; 1Chronicles 6:31-53; 1Chronicles 26 (Because of the common theme, this is a two day Bible study. It is suggested that the Bible reading be done on May 15 and the Bible study on May 16.)

Getting Organized

What is our first priority when starting a project? Getting the materials? Making a plan? Gathering the laborers? No. We must determine why we are doing it—what do we want to accomplish? What we decide will give guidance to everything else we do. Afterwards, we will make a plan, gather the materials and people for the tasks, and then assign responsibilities for the completion of those tasks.

In Biblical chronology, David has recently been restored as king after Absalom's death, but there are factions between the tribe of Judah and the other tribes of Israel. A man named Sheba leads a rebellion while David is trying to unite the two nations under one banner. After the threat of Sheba is removed (by removing his head), David's enemies are subdued. The land is also free from war by foreign enemies.

David puts aside the sins of his past and leads a righteous life (Philippians 3:13), and he is influencing Judah and Israel to do the same. So, how does he unite Israel and Judah into one nation? Whether this was his intent is not certain, but the timing seems significant. David orders the gathering of materials and workmen for building a magnificent temple to God (1Chronicles 22:1-19). This worthy project helps bring the two nations together.

David is, however, getting old. How will peace and prosperity continue in the kingdom after he is gone? How will the nation stay together? As the LORD directs, David appoints his son Solomon (whose name is related to the word for “peace”) to build a temple to the LORD, the great and magnificent God. Then David pronounces a blessing upon his son.

“Now, my son, the LORD be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the LORD your God, as he said you would. May the LORD give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the LORD your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged” (1Chronicles 22:11-13, NIV).

Next, David equips Solomon to complete the task and orders the leaders of all the tribes to help his son. King David says to them,

“I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the LORD a hundred thousand talents [That is, about 3,750 tons (about 3,450 metric tons)] of gold, a million talents [That is, about 37,500 tons (about 34,500 metric tons)] of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone. And you may add to them. You have many workmen: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as men skilled in every kind of work in gold and silver, bronze and iron-- craftsmen beyond number. Now begin the work, and the LORD be with you.”

Then David ordered all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon. He said to them, “Is not the LORD your God with you? And has he not granted you rest on every side? For he has handed the inhabitants of the land over to me, and the land is subject to the LORD and to his people. Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD” (1Chronicles 22:14–19, NIV).

Afterwards, David leads the people to praise and worship the LORD for the venture they are about to begin (Psalms 29–30). He refocuses their attention from each other to God. This honors him and serves to unite the people (more will be said about this in our next Bible study).

Then David appoints 24,000 Levites to supervise the building of the temple. They will make sure the alien workers among them construct the temple as designed and worthy of their Most Holy God. The Levites are a neutral tribe, neither from Judah nor Israel, but they live amongst the other tribes and are recognized and well-respected. Sometimes respected neutral parties can help heal factions.

David leads people to worship God, even while the temple is being built. The Levites, who are not involved in the supervision of the building project, serve as officials and judges, continue to take care of the tabernacle, offer sacrifices for the people, and do their normal duties until the time the temple is completed. Musicians are assigned to lead praise to God. Every morning and evening prayers and songs of thanksgiving are sung. As they listen and sing these songs, it is a continual reminder to the people that they are building a great temple to their LORD—God is worthy of worship.

Gatekeepers guard the entrance to the tabernacle court and later the storage bins and treasuries of the temple. Each Levite has important tasks to fulfill. Where has God assigned us to serve? Every position is important in the church body. Will we do our part and continue to minister to others with joy? Let's worship the LORD in our service. Let's serve him with joy in our hearts.

Lessons to Live By

  • Before we start a project we need to determine why we are doing it. What we decide should give guidance to everything else we attempt. Seek the LORD’s glory in everything (1Corinthians 10:31).
  • Working together for a worthy goal helps to bring unity.
  • Well-respected neutral parties can help heal factions.
  • Wise leaders will plan for the future prosperity of their families, their churches, businesses or other organizations. We glorify God when we obey his will and pave a godly path for future generations to follow.
  • In getting organized, we need to assign responsibilities according to interests and abilities to complete new tasks, while leaving others to serve important functions in the current tasks so that nothing important is neglected.
  • Do you know God? He welcomes us to receive Jesus as our Savior from sin so God's Spirit may dwell within us as his temple (more...)

Focus Verse

1Chronicles 22:19 (NIV)

“Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD.”

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A Look Ahead: King David is intentional in successfully Passing the Torch of leadership to his son Solomon. How do we do this? Find out in our Next Lesson.

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