- David had let his victories
go to his head. He had allowed all of the praise to fuel his narcissistic
darkside. The size of David’s army was not the source of victory. The
victory was due to the blessing of God. By numbering the troops David was
taking responsibility for victories away from the blessing of God. The
fact that David placed himself in the hand of God for three days rather
than place his confidence in his million man army for three months and the
fact that David refused to sacrifice an offering that cost him nothing are
signs of true repentance.
- The Lord offered David a
choice and He was willing to stop the hand of the angel of destruction
before the allotted three day time period was up. The very site at which
the Lord stopped the destruction was the site at which David’s son Solomon
was to later build the Temple of God.
- David was well aware that
there was nothing more important than the worship of the Lord. For this
reason he went to the most extravagant means in the preparation for
building the Temple. He wanted the entire world to know that God was at
the center of the culture of the nation of Israel and that He was worthy
of the very best that they could offer.
This was so contrary to the people in Malachi’s day that were
willing to offer lame and blind sacrifices on the altar of the Lord. David
also knew better than to go against the command of God and start building
the temple on his own.
- Key to the success of the
nation of Israel and necessary before even construction on the Temple
began would be the devotion of heart and soul to seeking the Lord by being
careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord had given Moses for
- The Levites that were sons
of Aaron were the priests who served in the presence of the Lord the rest
of the Levites had the responsibility of serving as attendants of the
priests and were to help them in their work in the Temple. The duties of
the Levites to carry the tabernacle and its furnishings were no longer
necessary because God had allowed Israel to find rest in the land.
- Christ became our High
Priest forever and all of us serve Him by being obedient to the Word of
the Lord. We no longer need the sacrificial system and everything that
goes with it because our Great High Priest has become the sacrifice for
- The sons of Asaph, Hemam and
Jeduthun were set apart for the ministry of praise. Their ministry of
praise is called prophesying because prophecy simple means declaring the
Word of the Lord. We far too often think that prophesying only consists of
telling of future events. Overwhelming in the Word of the Lord prophecy is
a reference to declaring the Word of the Lord.
- In the New Testament the Apostle Paul refers to the Church as a body or a living organism. In that illustration he makes it clear that there are different ministries for different people and that all are needed in order to fulfill the will of God as we work in His Kingdom.