(34 verses, 4:53 to read)
What I am about to READ
- This is another chapter of lists. Here we have listed the commanders of David’s army, listed by month (27:1-15), the leaders of the twelve tribes (16-24), and the various overseers of industry and agriculture (25-31). Jonathan, David’s uncle, is also given special mention (32) along with the other friends of the king (33-34).
MARK & LEARN
- The inner workings of an ancient state might seems distant from us, but this chapter is a reminder of all the particularly complicated work involved in statecraft.
- In vs 1-15 the leaders of the military divisions are listed according to month. I don’t know why. If you do, please post in the comments below.
- Verses 23-24 reminds us of the disaster of the census (1 Chronicles 21), and provides further instruction about why God was so upset. Israel was to be as many as “the stars of the heavens” (see Genesis 15:5).
- Verses 25-31 give us a list of the major industries of ancient Israel. Most are agricultural.
- As we come to the end of David’s life, we see that things are put in order. This stands in contrast to the times of the Judges and even the reign of King Saul.
- The Lord’s people always pray for wise rulers and an orderly state so that we might live a “quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:2). When God gives good government then our lives, our chastity, our possessions, and our good names are protected. Bad government results in disorder and the corruption of God’s institutions. (Note please that we tend to think of “order” as restrictive of freedom and creativity, as a regimented totalitarianism, but in God’s ordering of the world in the three estates of the family, the church, and the state, the opposite is true.)
- Prayer: “O Lord, grant us good and wise rulers who would govern after Your good pleasure, to the maintenance of righteousness and the punishment of wickedness. Protect among us Your institutions of family, life (especially the lives of the unborn), marriage, property, and a good reputation. Let Your word have free course, and may we live quiet and peaceable lives know that You desire all people to be saved. Amen.
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Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church