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May 10 Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 28-2 Chronicles 1
“The Lord Magnified Solomon”
1 Chronicles 29:25
The design of God the Holy Spirit in the compilation of these Chronicles is to preserve an accurate and faithful record of David’s family. The dying patriarch, Jacob, under the influence of God the Spirit, had prophesied that the scepter would not depart from Judah, nor a law-giver from between his feet, until Shiloh had come (Genesis 49:10). These Chronicles, when compared with the other books of the Inspired Volume of Holy Scripture, show us the fulfilment of Jacob’s prophecy. We are able, by these records, to trace the lineal descent of David’s royal house. The Jews never lost sight of their own king; and even during times of captivity, they retained their own laws, until Christ appeared in our flesh, until Shiloh came. In him, the Lord Jesus Christ, the royal house of David emerged and that throne and kingdom appeared which shall have no end. But these inspired Chronicles are more than records of David’s family. They are full of spiritual instruction for our souls. May God the Holy Spirit write their lessons upon our hearts.
Christ Set Forth
Here, and throughout the pages of Holy Scripture, our dear Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, is set forth. The eye of faith should always be on the lookout for him and for his great work of redemption. The Bible was written to show us our Redeemer. Indeed, creation itself, with all its magnificence, was designed for that purpose. The Lord Jehovah determined the redemption of his people from everlasting; and when he performed his works of creation, he did so in preparation for and to display his greater and more glorious works of redemption. Every event of time, from the creation of the world to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, was in preparation for and designed to introduce him. So, as we read the Book of God, let us ever ask God the Holy Spirit to show us our Savior in the sacred pages of the Book.
What a checkered life God’s servant David had in this world! His was a life marked by grace, marked by remarkable displays of special providence, and blessed beyond measure. David was chosen of God, redeemed by Christ, regenerated by the Holy Ghost, forgiven of all sin, and accepted in the Beloved. He was a prophet of God and king in the house of God. He was the sweet singer of Israel and the giant slayer. David was, by the grace of God, a remarkable man of faith, courage, and devotion. He was loved of God; and he loved God. Yet, David was a great sinner. No effort is made to hide or excuse David’s horrendously sinful deeds. And this man so greatly blessed of God, throughout his life, experienced heartache after heartache, betrayal after betrayal, and slander after slander all the days of his life. Throughout his life, David found himself at the throne of grace, begging God to show himself gracious. Trials without and troubles within kept David on his knees before God.
So it is with every saved sinner in this world. The Lord God graciously arranges all the affairs of our checkered lives to wean us of this world and to set our hearts upon Christ, heaven, and eternity.
Blessed Holy Spirit, Divine Comforter, graciously set our hearts upon our Savior. Teach us to live for eternity in this world of woe. And when our appointed days on this earth have been accomplished, bring our lives to the same blessed end as that which was given to David. Let us be found unto our last days serving the interests of your church and kingdom, the cause of your glory, seeking the furtherance of the gospel and the worship of our God in generations to come! Let us be found, like David, promoting the glory of our God unto the end. Then, give us grace to leave this world of woe with joyful confidence in our covenant God and his great salvation in Christ Jesus.
Christ Our King
Solomon, like his father, was a king typical of our Lord Jesus, the King of Zion, the Prince of Peace. By our great Solomon’s ascension to his throne, he obtained eternal redemption for us with his own blood. In him, our exalted Savior and King, are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Like Solomon, of whom we have read today, let us ask of God that wisdom and knowledge that he alone can give, the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
God the Father has set him as King in Zion. He has put all things in our Savior’s hands. Grace, mercy, peace, righteousness, forgiveness, and eternal life are in him, “who of God is made unto us Wisdom and Righteousness and Sanctification and Redemption.” All fulness is in him for us, his people. None are more needy than we; and none are so ready to give as he. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”