Reading through the Bible is a great goal and worth persevering through. To quote that great philosopher Dory, “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim, swim.”
On to the Word …
1 Chronicles 13 & 14
1 Chronicles 13 & 14:
The horrible consequences of sin
God allows us to see the men and women He uses with all their warts and failings:
Verse 14.3, “Then David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David begot more sons and daughters.”
Remember kings had been specifically commanded not to take multiple wives (Deut. 17.17). Even though God allowed him to do so, He didn’t condone it. And the history of his life and family reveals the horrible consequences, including: infighting, jealousy, incest, and murder. So don’t be tempted to think the men and women in the Bible somehow got a pass on sin.
As a pastor friend of our used to say, “You can choose to sin, but you don’t get to choose the consequences.”
“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay”– unknown
The title of this psalm is “A Contemplation of Asaph.” A contemplation is “something to think about.”
Verse 4 reminds the people to tell their children the stories of their history with God. They were also to teach their children the law God had “appointed for them” (v. 5). So they would, “set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments” (v. 7) and not be like their fathers (v. 8).
We, too, should tell our stories to our children, being “reasonably” transparent about our own mistakes and the consequences. We should also remind them of God’s grace, mercy, and blessings in our lives.
I say “reasonably” transparent because they don’t need all the gory details. Make sure what you share is age appropriate.
“Those that would be wise …”
Verse 20, “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.”
Matthew Henry comments about verse 20:
“Those that would be wise in their latter end must hear counsel and receive instruction, in their beginnings, must be willing to be taught and ruled, willing to be advised and reproved, when they are young. Those that would be stored in winter must gather in summer.”
What a great quote!
The danger of “playing around” with sin
In this passage Stephen recounted the sad history of Israel. I say sad because even though it included all of God’s mighty acts, the people as a whole still went their own way.
And as a result, “God turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the Prophets …”
God is patient and merciful, but He does reach a point where, when we have repeatedly rejected God’s truth, He will give us up to our own sinful desires (Rom. 1.18-32). The result is a downward spiral of sin and idolatry that is progressively harder to escape. We should not think we can knowingly “play around” with sin as if there are no consequences.
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