June 29, 2021 – Tuesday
1 Chronicles 28:20 NIV
20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.
1 Chronicles 28:20 NOG
20 David also told his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or terrified. Yahweh Elohim, my Elohim, will be with you. He will not abandon you before all the work on Yahweh’s temple is finished.
King David began this chapter telling all the officials of Israel how he wanted to build a temple to God and a home for the Ark of the Covenant but could not. He could not because God said as a warrior David had spilled blood. Thus, God had chosen someone else, David’s successor, his son Solomon to build the temple.
David begins his instructions to Solomon on building the temple in verse nine, And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever NIV or And you, my son Solomon, learn to know your father’s Elohim. Serve Yahweh wholeheartedly and willingly because he searches every heart and understands every thought we have. If you dedicate your life to serving him, he will accept you. But if you abandon him, he will reject you from then on NOG. And in our verse of the day, David is concluding his instructions to Solomon.
His instructions may seem familiar to you if you recall these are virtually the same instructions God gave Joshua which we wrote about earlier this month on June 10, Joshua 1:9, Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Guzik quotes Payne who says, In describing David’s plans for building the temple, Chronicles has paid special attention to portray David as a second Moses and Solomon as a second Joshua, which would explain the great similarity in language.
I believe the Bottom Line remains the same as well: Let us remain faithful and ready to humbly be used by God for His plans and His works. After all scripture tells us in Ephesians 2:10 (NOG), God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Yeshua to live lives filled with good works that He has prepared for us to do. How wonderful He chooses to honor us with His good works.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, We are blessed to be used by You for Your good works. Thank You for choosing to honor us with Your good works. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.