1 Chronicles 28:1-21 (Part 4) – Like a Pig With Lipstick On!

Posted: June 22, 2020 in 13-1 Chronicles

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

David’s Instructions to Solomon

No fancy illustration this morning. Just the cold hard facts. So many of us, including myself, often act as though God does not see into our hearts. We think our sins are OK for some reason until they are made public to other human beings. However, that’s just not the case. Sin is sin regardless of whether it is found out or made public or whatever. God sees the heart. We stand convicted before Him even if the sins we commit are kept private here on earth during our earthly sojourn. And, there will be an accounting before God at the moment of our death. Our sins are still sins even when they are just thoughts. That’s a sobering thought. Sin is still sin even when it’s just a thought. Wow! That makes Jesus more important to us than ever. So, let’s get real and quit kidding ourselves about how good we are. What fine church folk we are. What fine citizens we are. Let’s begin with stopping with the idea that we somehow have created in our minds that God does not see our sins. He does! He does! He does!

David’s reminder to his son not to delude himself into thinking that just because our sins are not public knowledge does not mean that God does not know. We should be aware of our sinful thoughts and confess them to God immediately and beg Him to act in our hearts to cleanse of these iniquities. It is a reminder to us that Jesus basically tells us in the Sermon on the Mount that the Ten Commandments are the minimum that God expects of us in our relationship with Him and with our fellow man. Jesus tells us in that sermon that if you get to the point that the Ten Commandments have to be invoked that you have gone from thought to action and it shouldn’t have gone that far. For example, Jesus says of the commandment, “You shall not commit adultery”, in Matthew 5:27-28  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’[e] 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Jesus is saying that sin begins with the thoughts of what it would be like to commit a certain sin. He is saying that the sin begins there. It’s similar to the debate over when life begins, at conception or later. Jesus’ view of sin is consistent with our view of the beginning of life, it is at conception. Sin is given life in our lives at its conception in our mind. We have already sinned at that moment.

With that idea in mind, Let’s read 1 Chronicles 28:1-21 for a third time this morning:

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 see that it says, “The Lord sees every heart.” Nothing can be hidden from God. He sees and understands everything in our hearts. David understood this point all too well from his remembrance of Nathan being sent by God to confront his sins of adultery and murder. David told Solomon to be completely open with God and be dedicated to Him. It makes no sense to try to hide any thoughts or actions from an all-knowing God. This should cause us pause to think. Who are we trying to hide our sins from? It is not from God. He knows it from the time of thought formation to the action of the sin to the earthly cover-up of the sin. God knows it all, but we act as if He does not see it because it has not been publicly revealed. Even if you do not act upon a sinful thought, the thought itself is a sin. What if we had a buzzer or something like that when we had sinful thoughts, man, our buzzers would be going off numerous times per day.

Thus, the grace of Jesus Christ becomes even greater to each one of us. Even those that have been good girls and good boys from a young age and have been in church all their lives and never missed a Sunday at church are sinners. Because we sin with the conception of the thought of a sinful action, we are already sentenced to hell for the first time that we do that in our lives. So, then, we add a lifetime of sinful thoughts not acted upon and sinful thoughts acted upon, we are unfit for the sinless perfection required to be in the presence of God in heaven. There is no place for us in heaven on our own merits. Thus, the grace of Jesus Christ is necessary. His death on the cross for our sins (and this is so because God deemed that this what Jesus dying on the cross was for) and our belief that He did that for us because He is the Son of God covers us in His grace. Accepting the grace gift truly and honestly in our hearts, minds, and souls is the only way in which we can exist in the presence of God in heaven. Acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Savior is not some nice little thing. It’s not an option among options. It is the only way that we can reach heaven and be in the perfect presence of God.

Therefore, let’s stop kidding ourselves that we are good people. Even the best churchgoers are still sinners. Even those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior are sinners. The difference between a believer and a non-believer is that the believer has the humility to realize that from a sin standpoint we are just homely sinners that Jesus has made beautiful. We are like pigs that Jesus has put lipstick on and has called us beautiful. We are still sinners in need of Jesus to make us look beautiful in the eyes of God. With that humility, help us Lord to always be totally honest with ourselves. You already know the real truth about the things that we hold in our heart, the good and the bad and the ugly. Then, help us not to pretend that you don’t know and pretend that we are some fine upstanding moral paragon of virtue. We are all sinners, every day. We are all in need of grace. We are all in need of the covering of Jesus Christ. He makes us clean through His sacrifice for us on the cross when we accept Him as our Savior and Lord. Help us to see our desperate state without Jesus. Help us to be humbled by that. Help us to be honest with God in light of that. Help us to never act like God doesn’t already know what’s in our hearts.

Amen and Amen.

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