Good Morning, Siblings!
Today’s readings are 1 Chronicles 9-11
We begin chapter nine with a genealogy of the returned exiles from Babylon.
Why were they taken into Babylon? Because of their own actions. 1 Chronicles 9:1. Personal responsibility and accountability are important to anyone seeking to follow the Father in truth. Many believers, throughout generations, have accused the Father of being unjust and cruel when in reality they are simply living with the forewarned consequences of their own actions. If I am to blame, it is to some degree to my honor to accept that blame and fully to my great shame to try to place it upon a loving Father who earnestly tried to steer me away from that cliff I chose to jump off of.
There is a wonderful reminder in 1 Chronicles 9:19.
19 Shallum the son of Kore, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah, and his kinsmen of his fathers’ house, the Korahites, were in charge of the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of the tent, as their fathers had been in charge of the camp of the Lord, keepers of the entrance.
Recall the rebellion of Korah in Numbers 16. Today we read of the sons of Korah serving at the gate. It is a common thought that Korah was killed off completely but check out this verse from a census in Numbers:
9 The sons of Eliab: Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram. These are the Dathan and Abiram, chosen from the congregation, who contended against Moses and Aaron in the company of Korah, when they contended against the Lord 10 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died, when the fire devoured 250 men, and they became a warning. 11 But the sons of Korah did not die. Numbers 26:9-11
A remnant of Korah was preserved. And with that is the reminder that, though a people may be condemned before YHWH through their own actions, YHWH always makes a way for the individual to join themselves to Him.
In other words: Even if the whole world is going crazy, you still have a choice.
1 Chronicles 9:28-34 details a list of very specific jobs and tells us that individuals were assigned to these very specific jobs and that they weren’t given any other jobs because they already had jobs to do.
~Soapbox warning~ Y’all, this is important and we need to camp here a minute because nowadays, no one wants to stay in their own lane anymore. Further, most people don’t even spend enough time studying the word and talking to the Father to even get their lane assignment. More than that, even, not only do we not listen long enough to get our assignment, not only do we try to run around doing everyone else’s job, but we also want to reassign people as we see fit – regardless of whether or not they are where the Father Himself put them.
So here are a few key points to remember:
- YHWH does not need any of us to micromanage Him.
- When He gives you a task, work at it with your whole heart and your whole focus.
- Don’t covet your neighbor’s task.
- Don’t try to get everyone else to take on your task.
If YHWH needed you to do something different, He would tell you.
If He hasn’t told you, one of two things is happening:
- He doesn’t want you to do something different.
- You haven’t hushed up enough to hear Him speak.
~tucks away her soapbox~
When Saul is killed, and the Philistines find His body, they strip him and take his head and armor to parade it about. Then, they send messengers throughout the land to carry the “good news” (1 Chron 10:9). Remember, y’all, Saul was actually anointed by YHWH for this position. He fell, sure, but at one time He was YHWH’s chosen for this job. Regardless of the outcome, there is a lesson here. Do not trust, consult, or lean onto the World because to the world, when YHWH’s people fall, it is good news.
1 Chronicles 11:14 brings us wisdom on what to do instead of trusting in the world. We are reading details of the history of David’s mighty men and how they came to their positions as such. Eleazar was among a group of fighters who fled from the Philistines, but he did not. What did he do?
But he took his stand... 1 Chronicles 11:14
And so must we. We do not take our stand based on the teachings of man or the things of this world, we take our stand on the word of our Father, following the example of our Messiah.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of YHWH our God.
I take my stand. I trust in Him.
Test everything, hold tight to what is good.~ 1 Thess 5:21
We are saved by Grace alone: Obedience is not the root of our salvation, it is the fruit!