1 Chronicles 3:1-9 (Part 2) – There’s A Lesson for Us Even in a Genealogical Recitation

Posted: November 25, 2019 in 13-1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 3:1-9 (Part 2)

Descendants of David

You always hear about these patriarchs of wealthy families and the reading of the will to distribute a vast fortune. There is intrique and there is jockeying for position. There are those surprise offspring that no one knew about. These things are often the subject of fictional murder mystery novels. That was the same kind of intrigue that descended upon the kingdoms of Israel and Judah after David and Solomon. You had to have a play card to know how many different women by which David and Solomon had children. There’s an old saying in our time about men who have multiple wives and/or mistresses is that “they just couldn’t keep in their pants!” That is the impression emerges of David and Solomon. They were great men of God but they had their kryptonite sin (that sin that we can’t seem to kick, that sin that defeats us every time, that sin that we don’t see as sin until it’s destroyed us) and it was sexual sin.

It was that sexual sin that was one of the root causes of the ruination of the future of Israel. The multiple lines of ascension to the throne because David and Solomon couldn’t “keep it in their pants” was one of the main causes of all the intrigue and infighting that decayed Israel from within. All the infighting and intrigue led to a nation taking its eyes off guard and begin living for themselves and preserving their claims to the throne. The people of Israel and Judah imitated what they saw – look out for number one. They were not being led in worshiping God as God intended for the leaders of his people to do. Thus, sexual sin led to them taking their eye off the ball.

Is it not similar in our nation today? Sexual sin in all its various forms has caused us to take our eyes off God. It has destroyed family units and caused tears in the fabric of the family unit. We have children who don’t know who there father is or have fathers who are not part of their lives. With the destruction of the family because of our sex for sport is my right philosophy that we now live by, there are children with no fathers in their homes and no authority figure to raise them according to God’s Word. Sexual sin has destroyed our nations view of family. We continue to redefine normalcy of family to accommodate that our nation’s preoccupation with “making ourselves happy” as expressed through multiple marriages and alternative sexual lifestyles. We continue to redefine what is right in our own eyes to defend what we want. In the process of pursuing our own desires, we must therefore either redefine what the Bible says or state that the Bible is no longer valid. That’s how we drift away from God. Making what we want and desire as our God and saying that God is either antiquated or we redefine what the Bible says so as to make our desires biblical. This is true for all of us sinners in the 21st century or in ancient Israel.

There is a tie-in of the multiple lines of heredity in the multiple wives and children sired by David and Solomon with the Christ Child’s story and then on into the 21st century here in America where we suffer from the same issues as did ancient Israel and Judah. Let’s read this passage once more, 1 Chronicles 3:1-9, once more and then we will continue discussing these tie-ins:

These were the sons of David born to him in Hebron:

The firstborn was Amnon the son of Ahinoam of Jezreel;

the second, Daniel the son of Abigail of Carmel;

2 the third, Absalom the son of Maakah daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;

the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith;

3 the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;

and the sixth, Ithream, by his wife Eglah.

4 These six were born to David in Hebron, where he reigned seven years and six months.

David reigned in Jerusalem thirty-three years, 5 and these were the children born to him there:

Shammua,[a] Shobab, Nathan and Solomon. These four were by Bathsheba[b] daughter of Ammiel. 6 There were also Ibhar, Elishua,[c] Eliphelet, 7 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 8 Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet—nine in all. 9 All these were the sons of David, besides his sons by his concubines. And Tamar was their sister.

In this passage, we see that David had many more children than just the 17 sons whose names were written here, and just ONE of those sons—Solomon—had over 1,000 wives, you can see why Herod was panicked and ordered all the children killed at the appearance of the Magi for Jesus’ birth. By Herod’s time there were most likely THOUSANDS of people that could claim a direct lineage to the throne back through David, all of which would be perceived by Herod to be a potential threat. And in that sin of David and his son as king, the taking of multiple wives and having children with many of them, we see the mess that this creates for the kingdom. From this, you can see that the design of God was for one man to be married to one woman for a lifetime. Any deviation from God’s plan for mankind only brings heartbreak and sorrow. In the “Slaughter of the Innocents” by King Herod, one of the causes was the innumerable claims to the throne of Israel and Judah caused by kings taking multiple wives and having mistresses that bore them many children. In Herod’s extreme paranoia over his position as king of Judea, he pretty much had to eliminate any potential rival for the throne. Because David and Solomon and their lineage could not abide by God’s design for sex, there 1,000’s of legitimate claims to the throne when there really should not have been.

Satan wants us to take our eyes off God by saying to us that we ought to be able to pursue whatever relationships we want to pursue. If this relationship is not meeting my needs, find another one. If one is good, two is better. Satan has gotten our eyes off the ball when we see sex as way to seek personal fulfillment. Satan gets us to take our eye off the ball when he gets us to think about sex and relationships in ways that twist God’s desire into “God just wants me to be happy, right?” I lived that life myself before Christ came into my life. If this relationship no longer meets MY needs then I deserve another one. Satan wants us to start worshiping ourselves and what we want instead of worshiping God. He starts that with the basic idea that we should have whatever relationship we want. That’s how it starts. That was how it started in Israel and Judah. That led to almost a thousand years later, a king trying to kill off any and all rivals to the throne, including the Christ Child. That leads to what we see in our society now.

There’s lessons to be learned about sexual sin from David and Solomon that can be instructive to us today. We can learn this simply by looking at the genealogies in an Old Testament book. Most of us want to gloss over this stuff. But, man, David’s genealogical tree has much to tell us!

Amen and Amen.

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