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With Pastor Dave Roussel

Tag: 1Chronicles 1-3

Mighty?

December 5 – Today’s Readings -1Chronicles 9-12 and Proverbs 5

1Chronicles 11:11 – “Jashobeam, a Hacmonite, was chief of the officers; he raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.”

1Chronicles 11:20 – “Abishai the brother of Joab was chief of the Three. He raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed, and so he became as famous as the Three.”

1Chronicles 11:22 – “Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab’s best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.”

1Chronicles 12:1 – “These were the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he was banished from the presence of Saul son of Kish (they were among the warriors who helped him in battle;)”

Ever since first reading this account at the age of 17, I have dreamed of being a “mighty man of David”. Just think of it – camping out – telling stories around the fire – not worrying about cutting your hair or trimming your beard 🙂 – going on “fun” raiding parties just to get a cup of water for David – having so much skill and bravery as to face seven foot giants or a lion in a pit or three hundred bad guys – and all the while knowing that you were doing what you were born to do!

OK – I think I’ve been watching too many video game reviews. But still – there’s just something about feeling a sense of purpose, vision, focus and teamwork. This is when people are at their best. We all seem to thrive when we join ourselves to something much bigger than us – an adventure that can completely consume us – something that absorbs our entire focus – something that wins our hearts, minds, energies, speech and future.

What are we really talking about here? Being disciples of Jesus! He is absolutely the only one who could command such respect and draw people to Himself in this way.

Here’s the best part. You and I are called to be “mighty men” in His army. We might not be as muscular or fast or as good with a sling as these elite soldiers in David’s army, but Jesus makes us “huge” on the inside. He says we are “more than conquerors” [Romans 8:37]. He says we are “sons of God” [Ephesians 1:5]. We don’t even fear death itself for He has already conquered that! [Revelations 1:18] Our weapons aren’t natural – they are super-natural. [1 Corinthians 10:4] We ourselves are “not of this world” [Colossians 2:20] – we rule in heavenly places in Christ Jesus! [Ephesians 2:6]

Well – what do you know! I guess I am a “mighty man” after all!

Questions:

1. Tell about another Bible situation where God enabled people to become “larger than life”.
2. Tell of a situation where God allowed you to do something or be someone that you were not naturally equipped to do.

Telling Your Story

December 3 – Today’s Readings – 1Chronicles 1-3 and Proverbs 3

1Chronicles 2:12-16 reads, “Boaz the father of Obed and Obed the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of Eliab his firstborn; the second son was Abinadab, the third Shimea, the fourth Nethanel, the fifth Raddai, the sixth Ozem and the seventh David. Their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. Zeruiah’s three sons were Abishai, Joab and Asahel.”

The family tree – we all have one. We are very proud of some of our ancestors – some we are not so proud of – and others lived such boring lives that they seemed to have done nothing at all. Boaz was the man of integrity – the man who rescued Naomi and married Ruth – David was the great poet-warrior-worshipper-king – Abishai, Joab and Ashel, David’s cousins, were great men of war but their hands were so stained with innocent blood that the king said of them, “What do you and I have in common, you sons of Zeruiah?” [2 Samuel 16:10]

How will you be remembered? Will you stand firm in the Lord? Will you be known as “faithful” or will you be known as “a washout”? One thing is sure – the Chronicles of your life are being written right now. I’m thinking that I would like good things said about me; “he stayed strong, he walked in integrity, he was a good husband and father, he was an encourager, he provided for his family, etc”…. What is said about some people in this passage is not so great:

“Er, Judah’s firstborn was wicked in the LORD’s sight; so the LORD put him to death.” [Chapter 2:3]
“Achar, who brought trouble on Israel by violating the ban on taking devoted things.” [Chapter 2:7]
For others, just the mention of their names makes us think of God’s glory – Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, and Solomon to name a few. Here’s the thing – a name doesn’t mean much to us unless that person does something for God. In order for your name to be recognized, you need to let the Lord work on your character and you need to let the Lord lead your life. We don’t have to accomplish what Solomon did in order to be great. In Matthew 20:25-28 Jesus said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

So it is that we only need to live simple, upright, consistent lives to be considered “great”. We do what God wants us to do. If we are servants of the Most High then we will most certainly be known as people who did something good in this world!

Questions:

1. Give an example of another Bible character who “finished” in an exceptional way.
2. Tell of how you plan to “do life” so that the Chronicles written about you say something decent.

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