The focus on David’s warriors and leaders continues as the king, at the beginning of chapter 13, turns to all the assembly of Israel and asks, “If it seems good to you and from the LORD our God, let us send abroad to our brothers who remain in all Israel, as well as to the priests and Levites in the cities and the pastureland, that they may be gathered to us. Then let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul.”
Notice how the author presents King David: he seeks the counsel of his subjects, is concerned for the favor of the LORD, and wants to make his coronation a celebration of Israel finally being “at rest.” With Jerusalem conquered and the Philistines subdued, Joshua’s mission is finally accomplished. And the proper, first task of a land at rest is to grant the Ark of the Covenant a place of rest as well.
The theme of national unity is prominent today, but notice that this unity is around David. And the affirmation is warranted, for David is shown worshipping the LORD, fearing the LORD, and inquiring of the LORD before battle. Furthermore, the LORD speaks to David and grants him victory in battle. David’s response, of gratitude and celebration, reflects the best intentions of Deuteronomy 17, which outlines fearing the LORD and remaining grounded with the flock as among the primary tasks for Israel’s shepherd.
Yesterday I highlighted some of the ways that Chronicles differs from Samuel and Kings, with so much material lifted from those earlier works. Indeed, today’s accounts of moving the Ark, fighting the Philistines, David dancing, and his wife’s response, are pretty much taken directly out of 2 Samuel. However, we’re going to avoid the temptation to simply compare the different works. Let’s assume that there are reasons inherent in Chronicles itself that merit its inclusion in the Bible. The author has a unique story to tell, and we’re going to grant it the integrity it deserves.
Our verse for this week is Matthew 5:16: In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
1 Chronicles 13 through 15. Now let’s read it!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.