Devotion Day 30 - Through the Bible in 90 Days

Day 30 Reading  – 1st Chronicles 10 – 23 – First off in 1st Chronicles 18:14-17 where it names all of David’s officials; his Joab over the army, Jehosophat recorder, Zodak and Ahimelech priest, Shavsha secretary, Benaiah over the Kerethites and Pelethitites (David’s body guard – secret service if you will); and David’s sons his chief officials. This sounds a lot like how we would describe a presidency and his cabinet officers. Very similar indeed.  Just a thought I had.

What really caught my attention today is 1st Chronicles 21; David having a census of Israel, specifically the number of fighting men, taken. God had not commanded David to do this. David seemed to be doing this to know how secure he could feel or how mighty a battle he might fight. David wasn’t trusting in God to be his security and strength. This made God angry and upset with David. This is a parallel recording of what was written in 2nd Samuel 24. One of the differences between the two is in 2nd Samuel it is God who incited David against them and in our reading today it is Satan who rose up against Israel.

This is the first mention I can find of Satan within the Old Testament. Always bothers me when people say, Satan made me do it. Always seems to be a copout to owning up to they themselves having done something bad. But when I look at the differences in the 2nd Samuel and 1st Chronicles account of this census being taken, I lean towards liking blaming Satan, instead of having God instigate something which made him really, really mad. Just my thoughts.

Another place in our reading today we heard God having very human emotions was later on in 1st Chronicles 21 where God saw it God’s angel destroying Jerusalem and God was grieved. Here’s the exact quote.

14 So the Lord sent a plague on Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell dead. 15 And God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But as the angel was doing so, the Lord saw it and was grieved because of the calamity and said to the angel who was destroying the people, “Enough! Withdraw your hand.”  

One of my goals this time through God’s word was to note God’s different emotions. Today’s seem to be very human emotions, for I’ve been angry at something someone has done and I’ve grieved when I’ve seen the results of my anger and how it has hurt another.

I’m having difficulty summing up my thoughts for today. Taking a couple to Springfield to catch a bus in a few minutes is one reason, the other my thoughts seem to be very rambling.

I trust God to help me sort out my thoughts from today and help you do so as well.

May God add his blessing to our reading and my ramblings this day. Amen.

Next Reading Day 31 – 1 Chronicles 24:1 – 2nd Chronicles 7:10

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