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Teachings From 1 Chronicles

One of the great benefits of my genre-based reading plan (based on the Horner Ten List Reading Plan) is that it forces frequent reading of all the Bible, including parts that we would normally not read.  Of course, that also means reading through the more tedious sections of the Old Testament, of which 1 Chronicles ranks high on the list.  Even so, through repeated readings of 1 Chronicles along with other Old Testament books, I now at least recognize more of the names of people and places from other places, and notice a few little gems here and there.  After all, the popular “Prayer of Jabez” from several years ago came from 1 Chronicles, and other interesting points concerning certain Bible characters come out as well.

Though commentaries exist for 1 Chronicles, it’s not popular sermon material, at least for expository verse-by-verse preaching.  From my Internet perusing I’ve come across individual topical sermons from 1 Chronicles, including a few from W.A. Criswell and Charles Spurgeon.  Recently, though, I’ve noticed a few devotional applications from 1 Chronicles — in some of Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening” devotionals.

As part of Spurgeon’s topical style, some of his devotionals do not directly relate to the context of 1 Chronicles — such as the one in which he takes the words “and these are ancient things” from 1 Chron. 4:22, and applies it to the ancient plans and purposes of God, whereas the text is describing some ancient genealogical records of particular families.  However, in a devotional from a text in 1 Chron. 5:22 (“There fell down many slain, because the war was of God.”) he at least partly related the text to its actual reference, emphasizing the point that they won because “the war was of God.”

Spurgeon’s devotional for June 3 for 1 Chron. 4:23 is also interesting, with good thoughts concerning a short passage about some potters who worked for the king.  We only know a little about these people, otherwise ordinary people doing common work (pottery), and most would read over the text with little if any thought.  From this reading I learned of differing translations, for the phrase that these “dwelt among plants and hedges” in the KJV is instead rendered as “inhabitants of Netaim and Gederah” in modern versions.  Thus all that Spurgeon said about people dwelling among plants and hedges may not have actually been the case.  Even so, Spurgeon made some good points about common workers who kept to their appointed places, living in a rural area, yet doing royal work, “the king’s work.”

From the closing words of this devotional:

It is when we are in his work that we may reckon upon his smile. Ye unknown workers who are occupied for your Lord amid the dirt and wretchedness of the lowest of the low, be of good cheer, for jewels have been found upon dunghills ere now, earthen pots have been filled with heavenly treasure, and ill weeds have been transformed into precious flowers. Dwell ye with the King for his work, and when he writes his chronicles your name shall be recorded.

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