1 Chronicles 28:1-21 (Part 1) – God Chooses, Not Us!

Posted: June 11, 2020 in 13-1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 28:1-21 (Part 1 of 4)

David’s Instructions to Solomon

We were talking at Bible study last night about Chapters 10 and 11 of the book of the Acts of the Apostles. In these two chapters, we see the story of Peter, the hotheaded, emotional, distinctly proud Israelite Jew (though he was a scruffy, salty languaged fisherman), at one time a hater of tax collectors and Rome, and Cornelius, the Roman soldier stationed at Joppa. Cornelius had been in Palestine long enough for his family to be living with him there and for him to have learned the local customs. He was well respected among the Jews in Joppa, who of course made up close to 100% of the population. He had been there so long that he had become entrenched in the community as was a part of the culture in Joppa. He knew the Jewish people there so well that they had shared with him about the One and Only True God. Cornelius had been so impressed with this God of the Jews that he prayed to a God that he did not yet fully understand and was considered an honorable man and a God-fearing man. He lived his life according to what he had been taught by the Jews of Joppa.

Peter and most nationalistically proud Jews and religiously devout Jews considered the Romans pagans and would not go inside their home and would never eat with them publicly or privately. The Romans were hated by the Jews because they represented the conquering nation (of a once proud nation that had collective remembrance of what was once the glory of Israel as a regional superpower under David and Solomon). The Romans represented foreign taxation that took a significant bite out of the economy locally. The Romans represented military occupation and always fearing angering the military and being imprisoned or killed for the least little things. Thus, Acts 10 and 11 represented to Peter and almost unfathomable thought. To go to a home of a Roman centurion and to share the gospel with him and his family.

It was comparable to us today of God telling us to go to the home of a militant jihadist Muslim and sharing the gospel with them. It would be comparable to a white person being asked to go to the home of the most militant African American’s home and sharing the gospel with them. Why do I mention this passage from the New Testament in relation to our passage today from 1 Chronicles in the Old Testament?

Well, it is a reminder to us of God’s sovereignty in both cases. If let up to us, these things would have never happened. In the Old Testament below, David would never have been king and, even if he was king, under human traditions, Solomon would have never been king. In the New Testament above, this meeting between a proud Jew and now a Christian, Peter, and the hated Roman pagan, Cornelius, would have never happened on its own. In each case, God sovereignly chooses how and why things are done. God chooses who He will use as His representatives and God sovereignly chooses who receives the gospel and not us. That’s what I was thinking about this morning as I read 1 Chronicles 28:1-21. Let’s read it now:

Chapter 28

1 David summoned all the officials of Israel to assemble at Jerusalem: the officers over the tribes, the commanders of the divisions in the service of the king, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of all the property and livestock belonging to the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the warriors and all the brave fighting men.

2 King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my fellow Israelites, my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. 3 But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’

4 “Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the tribe of Judah he chose my family, and from my father’s sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel. 5 Of all my sons—and the Lord has given me many—he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. 6 He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. 7 I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.’

8 “So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.

9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”

11 Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico of the temple, its buildings, its storerooms, its upper parts, its inner rooms and the place of atonement. 12 He gave him the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind for the courts of the temple of the Lord and all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the temple of God and for the treasuries for the dedicated things. 13 He gave him instructions for the divisions of the priests and Levites, and for all the work of serving in the temple of the Lord, as well as for all the articles to be used in its service. 14 He designated the weight of gold for all the gold articles to be used in various kinds of service, and the weight of silver for all the silver articles to be used in various kinds of service: 15 the weight of gold for the gold lampstands and their lamps, with the weight for each lampstand and its lamps; and the weight of silver for each silver lampstand and its lamps, according to the use of each lampstand; 16 the weight of gold for each table for consecrated bread; the weight of silver for the silver tables; 17 the weight of pure gold for the forks, sprinkling bowls and pitchers; the weight of gold for each gold dish; the weight of silver for each silver dish; 18 and the weight of the refined gold for the altar of incense. He also gave him the plan for the chariot, that is, the cherubim of gold that spread their wings and overshadow the ark of the covenant of the Lord.

19 “All this,” David said, “I have in writing as a result of the Lord’s hand on me, and he enabled me to understand all the details of the plan.”

20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished. 21 The divisions of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on the temple of God, and every willing person skilled in any craft will help you in all the work. The officials and all the people will obey your every command.”

In this passage, we are reminded that the kingdom of Israel belonged to the Lord, not to David or anyone else. Israel’s king, then, was God’s deputy. He was commissioned by God to carry out God’s will for the nation. Thus, God could choose whomever He wanted to be king without following the traditional human method of following familial lines of successful of a kingly lineage. David was not Saul’s heir. They were not related in any way. As well, Solomon was not David’s oldest son. However, God anointed the person whom He would best serve in the capacity of God’s deputy as the king of Israel. It demonstrates that in God’s kingdom, it does not matter what your pedigree might be or not be. God can use each of us to enhance and expand His kingdom when we have given our heart to Him through Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.

The takeaways for this morning as we talk about God’s sovereignty are two. The first takeaway is that no matter what you and I have done in our past, it does not disqualify us from Christ’s love and from us being useful to the Lord’s kingdom. God looks at the heart not your pedigree. You don’t have to have been a Christian for 50 years to be useful to the kingdom. You don’t have to have lived a stellar, buttoned down, straight-laced life to be useful to the kingdom. God chooses who he will use not man. God chooses who will be useful for His kingdom not us.

The second takeaway is that since God chooses sovereignly who is useful to his kingdom, whatever qualifiers we put on things are meaningless. We cannot say, I will not share the gospel with him because he is black. That’s meaningless in God’s plan. I will not share the gospel with him because he is not just like me. That’s meaningless in God’s plan. I will not share the gospel with him because he hangs around with that rough drinking crowd at the bars. That’s meaningless in God’s plan. I will not share the gospel with him because he is of a different religion than me. That’s meaningless in God’s plan. I will not share the gospel with that person because their support abortion. That’s meaningless in God’s plan. I will not share the gospel with that person because they support defunding the police. That’s meaningless in God’s plan. I will not share the gospel with that person because they believe in this universalist, Godless, everybody’s their own God, everything’s tolerated, nothing offensive can be tolerated, cultural quasi-religion that pervades our Western culture now. That’s meaningless in God’s plan.

We share the gospel with all. It’s available to all. That’s what God says in Acts 10 and 11. That’s what God is saying by his personally choosing the second and third kings of Israel here in the Old Testament. God chooses not us. We simply seek His will. His will is that everyone needs the gospel and He chooses to whom it will be shared not us. He also chooses who will be useful to the kingdom not us. Thus, we share the gospel with everyone.

Amen and Amen.

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