Daily Archives: March 3, 2018

March 3 Uncompromising Prayer

“In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus … I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer” (Dan. 9:1–3).

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Uncompromising prayer brings glory to God.

Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9:1–19 illustrates the key elements of effective intercessory prayer. Those elements will serve as the focus of our studies for several days, but first some background to Daniel’s prayer will be helpful.

Verse 1 says that Daniel prayed in the first year of the reign of King Darius, the first great king of the Medo-Persian Empire. About sixty-five years earlier, God had punished the sinful kingdom of Judah by allowing King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to conquer Jerusalem and take Israelite captives back to Babylon.

Subsequently the Babylonian Empire fell to the Medo-Persian Empire. Darius conquered Babylon on the night King Belshazzar threw a drunken festival at which God wrote the doom of his kingdom on the wall (Dan. 5:24–28).

Daniel was among the captives originally transported to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. Throughout the lengthy captivity period, he never forgot he was God’s child and always represented God properly despite his difficult circumstances. He was a man of uncommon wisdom and courage. His trust in God was unwavering and his commitment to prayer uncompromising—even when his prayers could have cost him his life (Dan. 6:4–11).

As a result, God protected him, exalted him, and was glorified through him—as evidenced by King Darius’ decree that everyone in the kingdom was to fear and tremble before Daniel’s great God (Dan. 6:26).

Since Daniel understood the priority of prayer, he refused to be intimidated or distracted from it. His commitment is worthy of imitation. Can that be said of you? If everyone followed your pattern of prayer, would God’s Kingdom be strengthened?

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Consistency is important in prayer. You might try praying for different requests on specific days. For example, on Mondays you could pray for your governmental leaders, on Tuesdays for your pastor and the ministries of your church, etc.

For Further Study: Read Daniel 6. ✧ What rank did Daniel hold? ✧ Why did King Darius want to promote Daniel? ✧ What was the reaction of the commissioners and satraps to Daniel’s popularity? ✧ How did they deceive the king? ✧ How did God protect Daniel?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 75). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

MARCH 3 SPIRITUAL EXCELLENCE: FREEDOM IN THE SPIRIT

Now the LORD is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.

2 CORINTHIANS 3:17

The essence of true religion is spontaneity, the sovereign movings of the Holy Spirit upon and in the free spirit of redeemed men. This has through the years of human history been the hallmark of spiritual excellency, the evidence of reality in a world of unreality.

When religion loses its sovereign character and becomes mere form this spontaneity is lost also, and in its place come precedent, propriety, system—and the file-card mentality!

Back of the file-card mentality is the belief that spirituality can be organized. Then is introduced into religion those ideas which never belong there—numbers, statistics, the law of averages and other such natural and human things. And creeping death always follows!

Now a file card is a very harmless little tool and a very useful one for some purposes. Its danger comes from the well-known human tendency to depend upon external helps in dealing with internal things.

Here’s how the file card works when it gets into the Christian life and begins to create mental habits: it divides the Bible into sections fitted to the days of the year and compels the Christian to read according to rule. No matter what the Holy Spirit may be trying to say to a man, still he goes on reading where the card tells him, dutifully checking it off each day. This can be a deadly snare, and often liable to quench the spontaneous operation of the Spirit![1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Facebook Threatens Christian Satire Site Babylon Bee over CNN Story

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In a piece entitled “Facebook admits mistake in flagging satire about CNN spinning the news with a washing machine” uber liberal The Washington Post reports that Facebook flagged popular Christian satire site The Babylon Bee after the “independent fact-checkers” at Snopes reported that one of the site’s satirical articles was false. Eric Wemple has the story:

No, CNN doesn’t actually use a household appliance to prepare its daily output of scoops and analysis. That was the point that fact-checking site Snopes made in a March 2 story under the headline: “Did CNN Purchase an Industrial-Sized Washing Machine to Spin News?”

Huh?

As it turns out, Snopes felt the need to set the record straight after the Babylon Bee published a story with precisely that implication. “CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine To Spin News Before Publication,” reads its headline. If you thought that headline was a satirical stretch, your suspicions were confirmed by the text of the “story,” which includes this: “The custom-made device allows CNN reporters to load just the facts of a given issue, turn a dial to ‘spin cycle,’ and within five minutes, receive a nearly unrecognizable version of the story that’s been spun to fit with the news station’s agenda,” it reads.

Snopes busies itself with investigations into plausible falsehoods — stuff about Harvey Weinstein, about the Parkland school shooting, about public health and so on. So why was it checking into the notion that the 24/7 network was spraying OxiClean on its interviews and then putting them on “Prewash”?

Here’s the site’s explanation:

Although it should have been obvious that the Babylon Bee piece was just a spoof of the ongoing political brouhaha over alleged news media “bias” and “fake news,” some readers missed that aspect of the article and interpreted it literally. But the site’s footer gives away the Babylon Bee’s nature by describing it as “Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.” The site has been responsible for a number of other (usually religiously themed) spoofs that have been mistaken for real news articles. View article →

Source: Facebook Threatens Christian Satire Site Babylon Bee over CNN Story

CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine To Spin News Before Publication

ATLANTA, GA—In order to aid the news station in preparing stories for consumption, popular news media organization CNN purchased an industrial-sized washing machine to help its journalists and news anchors spin the news before publication. The custom-made device allows CNN reporters to load just the facts of a given issue, turn a dial to “spin […]

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Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 03/03/2018

Harvard Places Christian Group on Probation for Asking Bible Study Leader in Same-Sex Relationship to Resign   Feb 26, 2018 01:54 pm

Photo Credit: Chensiyuan CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Harvard Office of Student Life has placed a Christian student group on administrative probation after it asked one of its leaders, found to be in a same-sex relationship, to step down as she would not agree to the group’s moral standards. “After a thorough review and finding that HCFA (Harvard College Faith…

Mother of Woman Who Gouged Out Eyes Near Church Speaks Out on Dangers of Illegal Drugs   Feb 27, 2018 12:54 pm

ANDERSON, SC — The mother of a 20-year-old woman who gouged her eyes out earlier this month while standing outside of a South Carolina church is speaking out against illegal drug use after the horrifying incident that left churchgoers in shock and her daughter completely blind. According to reports, Kaylee Muthart was standing across the street from the South…

North Korean Woman Turns to Christ as a Result of Her Torturer’s Questions   Feb 24, 2018 12:23 pm

Photo Credit: David Eerdmans North Korea (Mission Network News) — Kyung-ja’s* first experience hearing about God in North Korea wasn’t from a missionary or radio broadcast or pamphlet—but from her torturer. The North Korean guard continued to beat Kyung-ja with a club even as she faded in and out of consciousness. She had snuck into China to try and…

Man Arrested for Threatening Church for Offering Help to Girls Struggling With Homosexuality, Transgenderism   Feb 24, 2018 11:32 am

RIVERVIEW, Mich. — A man in Michigan has been arrested and charged with misuse of telecommunications after he allegedly threatened a church for offering a workshop designed to minister the gospel to girls struggling with feelings of homosexuality and transgenderism. Brian Begin II faces a potential of six months behind bars, a fine of up to $1,000, or both, for…

Texas Teen Accused of Killing Her Newborn as Child Found Dead With Stab Wounds in Shed   Feb 28, 2018 08:49 am

EL PASO, Texas — A Texas teenager has been arrested and charged with capital murder after her newborn baby was found in a storage shed with multiple stab wounds. Erica Gomez, 17, of El Paso was taken into custody on Friday following an investigation into the death of her newborn daughter. According to reports, Gomez gave birth at home on the morning on Feb….

Bill Clinton Pays Respects to Billy Graham, Who Claimed Former President Had a Heart to ‘Do God’s Will’   Feb 28, 2018 06:08 pm

Presidents Bush, Carter and Clinton join Graham for his 2007 library dedication CHARLOTTE, NC — Former president Bill Clinton paid his respects to Billy Graham on Tuesday, traveling to North Carolina for the public viewing of Graham’s casket at his Charlotte library. Graham, who had served as a counselor to a number of U.S. presidents, considered Clinton to…

Nevada Police Say Woman Went to School Playground With Ax, Threatened to Kill Everyone   Feb 28, 2018 09:52 am

(Fox News) — A woman in Nevada who reportedly carried a pickaxe as she shouted threats at a playground where hundreds of children were playing has been arrested. Kisstal Killough, 33, was allegedly carrying the hand tool and screaming threats as she climbed a chain link fence around noon on Tuesday to enter the Tom Williams Elementary School playground in North…

Satanic Temple of Arizona Files Suit for Not Being Allowed to Deliver Invocation at City Council Meeting   Mar 01, 2018 01:38 pm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Satanic Temple of Arizona has filed a lawsuit against the City of Scottsdale for ultimately turning down its request to present an invocation at a city council meeting in 2016. The group, which is non-theistic and doesn’t actually believe in a literal Satan, but only views the fallen angel as a metaphor for rebellion, is claiming that it…

‘You Will Listen to Us Now’ Putin Says in Unveiling Hypersonic Nuclear ICBM Called ‘Satan 2’ by NATO   Mar 01, 2018 02:43 pm

(Newsweek/Yahoo News) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia is developing a new generation of advanced nuclear weapons including a hypersonic intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can reach almost anywhere in the world and cannot be shot down by anti-missile systems. Putin made the claim during his annual presidential address to the Federal…

Christian Displays Removed From Elementary School Classroom Following Atheist Complaint   Feb 26, 2018 11:42 am

KENOSHA, Wisc. — A number of Christian displays have been removed from an elementary school classroom in Wisconsin after one of the nation’s most conspicuous atheist activist organizations sent a letter asserting that the posters and symbols were unconstitutional. Rob Moore, the local chapter president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), told WTMJ-TV…

Billy Graham’s Funeral Attracts Gaggle of Heretics

(Pulpit & Pen News) Like moths to a flame, a gaggle of the world’s most notorious false teachers have flocked to eulogize and celebrate the death and life of Billy Graham. Attendees at the private, invitation-only event included Elevation Church pastor Steven Furtick, survival-slop peddling doomsday felon, Jim Bakker, and wild-eyed prophetess, Beth Moore.

Held at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, the whos-who of evangelicalism gathered for the occasion.

Appearing as though it were a red carpet event, the attendees all gathered in fashionable garb and bright smiles, angling for camera spotlight and the attention of others.

Beth Moore and Mr. Beth Moore, posing for the camera at the private event.

Bakker, who was credibly accused of raping a woman with another evangelist by his side and which the allegation and subsequent pay-off to the victim led to his eventual incarceration for fraud, waxed eloquent about the evangelist who warmly embraced him.

Bakker said of Graham a few days prior…

The day before, I had heard that he had been voted one of the top three most respected men in the world and now he was in my prison comforting me. The week I was released from prison, I was sitting in the Graham home eating chicken dinner.

That first Sunday, out of prison, I was surrounded by the Graham family. If there was and is an example of a Godly, Christ-loving family, it is the family that Ruth and Billy raised. That heritage lives on in their children, Franklin, Anne, Ruth, Gigi and Nelson.

This follows up on a heart-warming tribute to Billy Graham by the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump (who did not make the event, but arranged for Graham to be laid in honor at the U.S. Capitol).

Controversely, it was much harder to find more-solid evangelical leaders at the funeral of Graham, although many – including Albert Mohler and Russell Moore – gave tributes and accolades in social media and to the press.

“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets” (Luke 6:26).

Republished with Pulpit & Pen’s permission (Source)

Attendees not mentioned in P&P’s piece are Word of Faith prosperity preacher Brian Houston and Roman Catholic mystic Roma Downey.

See also:

John MacArthur on Roman Catholicism, Billy Graham and ‘Evangelical’ Inclusivism

Source: Billy Graham’s Funeral Attracts Gaggle of Heretics

March 3, 2018 Weekend Snapshot — Top Stories This Week

Weekend Snapshot

Mar. 3, 2018
Top Stories This Week
Quote of the Week

“Interesting fact: Planned Parenthood has killed 330,000 more children than the NRA in the past year.” —Matt Walsh

Weekly Watchman for 03/02/2018

The Word or the World?

Truth is the self-expression of God. Either His Word is right, or the world is right. Which is it? Enemies of God have caused people to doubt the truth about creation, our origins and gender, life’s meaning, marriage, sin, eternity, judgment, and the deity of Jesus Christ.

WHY do you think there is confusion today about what bathroom people are supposed to use in public? Why wasn’t this an issue 100 years ago? 1,000 years ago?

Has God changed or has America changed?

Malcolm Muggeridge stated:

“One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we’ve developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.”

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Your Questions & Comments

On Fridays, we turn our microphones over to you, our listeners, to discuss what’s on your heart. Among the topics you have asked about this week:

Our legal challenge to the City of DePere’s “non-discrimination” ordinance
The good, bad and ugly about Discernment Ministries
School violence and the call for gun control
A national newspaper column titled “The God Squad”
Is baptism necessary for salvation?
Does suicide mean a person will not enter heaven?
Should Christians attend a homosexual union ceremony of a family member?

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The United States of Insanity

The growth rate of depravity, immorality, and non-Christian spirituality in our nation is reaching alarming levels. In Romans Chapter 1, Paul says that because men rejected the truth of God, He turned them over to a debased mind to think and do unspeakable evil.

The United States of America, established by our founding fathers on Judeo-Christian, biblical principles, is on a steady march toward complete moral and spiritual destruction. How do we, as committed disciples of Jesus Christ who love God’s word and what our nation once stood for, fight the good fight and continue to point people to the only hope: the gospel of Jesus Christ?

This morning, we cover more shocking news and trends including the State of Delaware poised to allow 5 year-old children to decide their gender and race without their parent’s consent. And, a substitute teacher in Wisconsin is under fire from the Freedom From Religion Foundation for sharing the gospel with students.

We kick off today’s program with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action.

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Using Fascination with Dinosaurs to Share the Gospel

Everyone is fascinated with dinosaurs.  The Jurassic Park movies have been seen by almost everyone and museum exhibits of dinosaur replicas or excavated dinosaur bones draw millions of people every year. We are told the bones are millions of years old and apparently so is the earth. Is this true?

But most people only know what they do about dinosaurs from what they have seen in fiction movies, atheist scientists, or by watching National Geographic, The History Channel, etc. If we don’t know by now, these networks as well as other publications will not give the true biblical account.

How can we use the fascination with dinosaurs to open the door for sharing the gospel?  What were the dinosaurs really like and when did they disappear?  Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins us this morning.

In our third segment, Mike and David clarify our ministry stance as well as any misunderstandings on our legal challenge to the city of De Pere, Wisconsin on the so-called non-discrimination (transgender, LGBTQ) ordinance passed by the city council.

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The Coming One World Government

The Bible tells us it will happen and today’s news confirms it: we are rapidly headed to a one world government that will demand our allegiance to the state over God.  The enemy and the world have successfully distracted us with busyness—sports, entertainment, the pursuit of leisure, wealth, and social media—all the while setting the table for Satan’s one world system of domination.

Gary Kah of Hope For the World has been studying and writing about a one world government and religion for more than 30 years.  He joins us this morning to put national and world events into proper perspective and reminds us of our eternal hope in Jesus Christ. Discussion points include Israel and the Middle East, Iran with nuclear capability, Russia in Syria, the European Union, and the vast influence of Free Masonry.

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Satan’s Globalist Pawns

The Bible warns us that one day Satan would seek to control humanity and this world through his pawn the Anti-Christ. And with the rapid advances in technology and the deceptive propaganda of globalists through issues like “climate change” it seems we move closer each year to buying the lies and walking ourselves into captivity.

This is a multi-faceted problem with many tentacles: Indoctrination through education and media; lies about the dangers of climate change; a government with representatives more interested in personal power instead of serving and leading; and a society fascinated with new technology that says it will make our lives easier and more productive. And you can add to that a professing Christian Church in America that ignores or dismisses biblical prophecy.

We are joined this morning by Patrick Wood who has studied and written on what is called “technocracy”: a move toward global domination by a handful of intellectual elites.

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March 3, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

6 The use of the third person in reference to God—בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים (beṣelem ʾelōhîm, “in the image of God”)—as opposed to the first person, suggests that v. 6b is to be understood as a comment of the narrator and not the words of God speaking to Noah. Thus at this point in the narrative the author has inserted an explanation (כִּי, , “for”) for the prohibition of manslaughter—namely, a reference back to the creation of humankind in God’s image. Already the narrative has become a platform for the development of the biblical law.[1]


9:6, 7 These verses are poetry for impact and memorability. The image of God (1:26, 27; 5:1) is still in man (or is man); sin did not destroy it. God values humans more highly than animal life because only humankind possesses God’s image.[2]


9:6 For in the image of God. The reason man could kill animals, but neither animals nor man could kill man, is because man alone was created in God’s image.[3]


9:5–6 Following his comments about the killing of animals, God addresses the issue of homicide. Violence by “all flesh” (v. 11), i.e., by man and animals, prompted God to send the flood (6:11, 13). If human nature has not improved after the flood (6:5; 8:21), how is violence to be prevented in the future? This legal enactment is the answer: From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. This means that any animal or person that takes a human life will be held accountable by God, working through human representatives (e.g., Ex. 20:13; 21:28). Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed. Here the principle of talion, a life for a life, is applied (see Ex. 21:23). This measured response is preferable to Lamech’s seventy-sevenfold vengeance (Gen. 4:24). Human life is to be valued so highly that it is protected by this system of punishment because God made man in his own image, and so to murder another human being is to murder what is most like God, and is thus implicitly an attack on God himself. Many would see this statement as establishing the moral principle permitting the death penalty in cases of murder—with the understanding that the person charged would have been justly tried and his guilt established beyond any reasonable doubt (cf. the OT requirement of two or three witnesses, Deut. 19:15; repeated in the NT, e.g., Matt. 18:16; Heb. 10:28). A further requirement is that such a death-penalty verdict must always be carried out under the jurisdiction of the established authorities (cf. Deut. 19:15–21; Rom. 13:1–5). The difficulty of establishing guilt beyond any reasonable doubt and the difficulty of ensuring justice in a modern, complex urban society (as compared to an ancient village-based society) underscore the great care and caution that must be taken in applying this principle today.[4]


9:6by humankind his blood shall be shed Establishes the principle of capital punishment as the consequence for the intentional murder of an innocent human life. This crime results in the forfeiture of one’s own life—the offender can no longer be protected by the principle that safeguards innocent human life.

This principle is based on people being divine imagers—representations of God on earth (Gen 1:27). Taking an innocent human life was viewed as murdering God in effigy. Later, Mosaic Law (as primarily seen Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) made capital punishment mandatory for murder, allowing no alternative form of punishment (see Num 35:31).[5]


9:6 by man. See v. 5; 4:16 and notes. God’s endowment of humans with this judicial authority shows they stand in God’s stead as rulers (1:26), and lays the foundation for government by the state (Rom. 13:1–7).

image. Though distorted by sin, the image of God continues in man (1:26 and note; 8:21). This explains why homicidal blood, in contrast to animal blood, must be compensated for. See “The Image of God” at 1:27.[6]


[1] Sailhamer, J. H. (2008). Genesis. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Genesis–Leviticus (Revised Edition) (Vol. 1, p. 132). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 22). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ge 9:6). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 65). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ge 9:6). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[6] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 23). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

Facebook enlists left-wing Politifact and Snopes to censor criticism of Democrats

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This week, I was appalled to see that the Babylon Bee, a Christian satire web site, was attacked by Facebook for writing a satire critical of the radically leftist CNN.

Look:

Facebook is so good at checking facts and censoring conservatives Facebook is so good at checking facts and censoring conservatives

This is what Facebook sent to Adam Ford for his satire of CNN. Since Facebook cited Snopes, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about two Facebook “fact checkers”, and an example of their “fact-checking”.

First, a story from The Daily Signal. Then, we’ll see examples of how Facebook’s censorship allies are biased against conservatives.

Let’s look at the first far-left Facebook partner: Politifact. Politifact is just a group of journalists from the Tampa Bay Times newspaper.

Avik Roy, health care policy expert at Forbes magazine, writes about Politifact’s assessment of Obama’s promise to Americans about keeping their health plans after Obamacare.

2008 PolitiFact…

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Throwback Thursday ~ Discernment: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Michelle Lesley

Originally published January 22, 2016

discernment love

…so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…
Ephesians 4:14-15

Christians who know what discernment is have a variety of perspectives about how it should be practiced. Should we teach about false doctrine at all or just make sure our church is teaching sound doctrine? Should we name the names of false teachers or speak about them anonymously? Should we warn people away from false teachers or just pray for them privately? What’s the biblical precedent for using a stringent tone when speaking of those who teach false doctrine?

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the phrase “speaking the…

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MARCH 3 GLORY OF THE TRINITY

Three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

1 John 5:7

The more I read my Bible, the more I believe in the triune God!

With the prophet Isaiah, I am stirred by the vision of the heavenly creatures, the seraphim around the throne of God, engrossed in their worship and praise.

I have often wondered why the rabbis and saints and hymnists of the olden times did not come to the knowledge of the Trinity just from the seraphims’ chorus: “Holy! Holy! Holy!”

I am a Trinitarian—I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, begotten of Him before all ages. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified.

Isaiah was an astonished man. He could only manage this witness: “Mine eyes have seen the King” (6:5). Only the King of glory can reveal Himself to the willing spirit of a man so that an Isaiah, or any other man or woman, can say with humility but with assurance, “I know Him!”

Lord, the modern world has all but packed You into a small box and placed You in the corner closet—accessing You only for occasional holidays or special family events. But in reality You are a great God, and I bow before You today.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

40 Days to the Cross: Week Two – Saturday

Confession: Psalm 38:1–5

O Yahweh, do not rebuke me in your anger

or chastise me in your wrath.

For your arrows have sunk into me,

and your hand has pressed down on me.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation.

There is no health in my bones because of my sin.

For my iniquities have passed over my head;

like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

My wounds start to stink; they rot

because of my foolishness.

Reading: Mark 11:27–33

And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came up to him and said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority that you do these things?” So Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question. Answer me and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men? Answer me!” And they began to discuss this with one another, saying, “What should we say? If we say ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men’ ”—they were afraid of the crowd, because they all looked upon John as truly a prophet. And they replied to Jesus saying, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

Reflection

Jesus, for the sake of men, desired to have Himself revealed by a lamp to the faith of those who believed, that by means of the same lamp His enemies might be confounded.… And the Lord, because they shut the door against themselves by professing ignorance of what they know, did not open to them because they did not knock. For it is said, “Knock, and the door will be opened for you” (Matt 7:7 nrsv). Not only did these not knock that it might be opened to them, but, by denying that they knew, they barred that door against themselves. And the Lord says to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things” (Matt 21:27 nrsv). And they were confounded by means of John; and in them were the words fulfilled, “I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame.”

—Augustine of Hippo

Lectures or Tractates on the Gospel According to St. John

Response

The exchange between the Pharisees and Jesus in Mark 11:26–33 shows both the Pharisees’ unwillingness to believe in Jesus and their unwillingness to state their beliefs publicly (because of their fear of the crowds). Is there a time in your life when you responded to the gospel in the same way?[1]


[1] Van Noord, R., & Strong, J. (Eds.). (2014). 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

March 3 God the Source of Mercy

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.—Matt. 5:7

Pure mercy is a gift of God that comes with the new birth. People can be merciful only when they have experienced God’s mercy.

God has both absolute and relative attributes. His absolute attributes—such as love, truth, and holiness—have characterized Him from all eternity. But His relative attributes—like mercy, justice, and grace—were not manifested until man, whom He created in His own image, sinned and became separated from his Creator. Apart from sin and evil, mercy, justice, and grace have no meaning.

When man fell, God extended His love to His fallen creatures in mercy. Only when they receive His mercy can they reflect His mercy. Thus God is the source of mercy. “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness [mercy] toward those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:11). It is because we have the resource of God’s mercy that Jesus commanded, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36).

We cannot have the blessing apart from the Blesser. We cannot even meet the condition apart from the One who set the condition. We are blessed by God when we are merciful to others, and we are able to be merciful to others because we have already received salvation’s mercy. Furthermore, when we share the mercy we have received, we will receive even more mercy.

ASK YOURSELF

When we talk about Christ’s character being formed in us, we understand the concept in theory. But what are some of the telltale signs that He is actually working His will through us in our interactions with others? How do you know when it’s Him, not you—when it’s the Spirit of God bearing fruit in your life?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 71). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

March 3 The End of Growth

Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies Himself.

1 John 3:3

Second Peter 3:18 commands believers to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Your response to this verse is either action or inaction. If you desire to mature in Christ, you will experience blessing, usefulness, and victory by following the biblical path of glorifying God. And as David discovered, you will also experience joy: “I have set the Lord always before me…. Therefore my heart is glad” (Ps. 16:8, 9).

The apostle John summed up the goal of spiritual growth when he said, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). The growth process will end on the day that we see Jesus Christ and become like Him.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 76). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

March 3, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

A Contented Person Is Strengthened by Divine Power

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (4:13)

No matter how difficult his struggles may have been, Paul had a spiritual undergirding, an invisible means of support. His adequacy and sufficiency came from his union with the adequate and sufficient Christ: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Gal. 2:20).

When Paul wrote I can do all things he had in mind physical, not spiritual things. Ischuō (I can do) means “to be strong,” “to have power,” or “to have resources.” It is variously translated “overpowered” (Acts 19:16), “prevailing” (Acts 19:20), and “effective” (James 5:16). The Greek text emphasizes the word translated all things (a reference to physical needs; cf. vv. 11–12) by placing it first in the sentence. Paul was strong enough to endure anything through Him who strengthen[ed] him (cf. 1 Tim. 1:12; 2 Tim. 4:17). The apostle does not, of course, mean that he could physically survive indefinitely without food, water, sleep, or shelter. What he is saying is that when he reached the limit of his resources and strength, even to the point of death, he was infused with the strength of Christ. He could overcome the most dire physical difficulties because of the inner, spiritual strength God had given him. In the words of Isaiah,

He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (Isa. 40:29–31)

Perhaps the clearest illustration of this truth in Paul’s life comes from 2 Corinthians 12:7–10:

Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Paul was tormented by a “thorn in the flesh,” most likely a demon who was behind the false teachers tearing up his beloved church in Corinth. This was the worst of all trials for him, because of his “concern for all the churches” (2 Cor. 11:28). He repeatedly begged the Lord to deliver him from the torment of that demonic attack on the church. But instead of delivering him, the Lord pointed Paul to the sufficiency of His grace. Contentment comes to believers who rely on the sustaining grace of Christ infused into believers when they have no strength of their own. In that sense, contentment is a by-product of distress.

Lest any doubt the sufficiency of Christ’s strengthening power, it is the same power Paul described in his prayer in Ephesians 3:

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man.… Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. (Eph. 3:14–16, 20)

God’s power that indwells believers is far more than sufficient to strengthen and sustain them in any trial. Contentment belongs to those who confidently trust in that power rather than in their own resources. Jeremiah Burroughs observes,

A Christian finds satisfaction in every circumstance by getting strength from another, by going out of himself to Jesus Christ, by his faith acting upon Christ, and bringing the strength of Jesus Christ into his own soul, he is thereby enabled to bear whatever God lays on him, by the strength that he finds from Jesus Christ.… There is strength in Christ not only to sanctify and save us, but strength to support us under all our burdens and afflictions, and Christ expects that when we are under any burden, we should act our faith upon him to draw virtue and strength from him. (The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, 63)

It is important to note that only those who live lives of obedience to God’s will can count on His power to sustain them. Those whose continued sin has led them into the pit of despair cannot expect God to bring them contentment from their circumstances. In fact, He may even add to their difficulties to chasten them and bring them to repentance.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones compares the flow of God’s power into the believer’s life to the issue of physical health:

Now I suggest that that is analogous to this whole subject of power in one’s life as a Christian. Health is something that results from right living. Health cannot be obtained directly or immediately or in and of itself. There is a sense in which I am prepared to say that a man should not think of his health as such at all. Health is the result of right living, and I say exactly the same thing about this question of power in our Christian lives.

Or let me use another illustration. Take this question of preaching. No subject is discussed more often than power in preaching. “Oh, that I might have power in preaching,” says the preacher and he goes on his knees and prays for power. I think that that may be quite wrong. It certainly is if it is the only thing that the preacher does. The way to have power is to prepare your message carefully. Study the Word of God, think it out, analyse it, put it in order, do your utmost. That is that message God is most likely to bless—the indirect approach rather than the direct. It is exactly the same in this matter of power and ability to live the Christian life. In addition to our prayer for power and ability we must obey certain primary rules and laws.

I can therefore summarise the teaching like this. The secret of power is to discover and to learn from the New Testament what is possible for us in Christ. What I have to do is to go to Christ. I must spend my time with Him. I must meditate upon Him, I must get to know Him. That was Paul’s ambition—“that I might know Him.” I must maintain my contact and communion with Christ and I must concentrate on knowing Him.

What else? I must do exactly what He tells me. I must avoid things that would hamper. If in the midst of persecution we want to feel as Paul felt, we must live as Paul lived. I must do what He tells me, both to do and not to do. I must read the Bible, I must exercise, I must practise the Christian life, I must live the Christian life in all its fullness. (Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1965], 298–99)

God’s power will bring contentment to those who have no strength of their own, but only if they have been living righteously. There is no quick fix, no shortcut to contentment. It comes only to those strengthened by divine power, and that divine power does not come from counselors, therapy, or self-help formulas, but only from consistent godly living.[1]


13 Paul says that he is “able” (“strong,” ischyō, GK 2710; NIV, “can do”) to do all things through the one who continually empowers (tō endynamounti [GK 1904], present tense; NIV, “gives strength”) him. The name “Christ,” which is familiar to most from the KJV, is absent from the oldest and most reliable manuscripts, but Christ is clearly in mind (1 Ti 1:12). This statement may sound like a wild-eyed pipe dream and can be easily misinterpreted. Paul does not mean to imply that Christ is like some magical genie in a lamp who renders us able to do anything we want. Translating the preposition en as “through” may cause one to miss Paul’s point that it is by being in Christ that one is empowered (cf. 1:1; 2:1; 3:9, 14; 4:7, 19, 21). In this case, “everything” refers to his ministry as an apostle, not to anything he might set out to do.[2]


4:13 / He takes no credit to himself for having learned this lesson of contentment: it is thanks to his “enabler” that he can do everything through him who gives him strength. It was, indeed, when he was most conscious of personal weakness that he was most conscious of the power of Christ resting on him. “For Christ’s sake, I delight,” he says, “in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:9, 10).[3]


13. Paul, then, is saying that in every particular circumstance as well as in all circumstances generally he has learned the secret of contentment. The cause that accounts for this soul-sufficiency, that is, the Person who taught and is constantly teaching him this secret, is indicated in the words, I can do all things in him who infuses strength into me. Surely, a wonderful testimony! Whatever needs to be done Paul can do, for he is in Christ (Phil. 3:9), being by the indwelling presence of Christ’s Spirit and by Spirit-wrought faith in vital union and intimate fellowship with his Lord and Savior. Christ’s grace is sufficient for him and his power rests on him (2 Cor. 12:9). This wonderful Helper is standing by him (2 Tim. 4:17) as the great Enabler (1 Tim. 1:12). The Lord is for Paul the Fountain of Wisdom, encouragement, and energy, actually infusing strength into him for every need. It is for that reason that the apostle is even able to say. “Wherefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in insults, in distresses, in persecutions and frustrations, for when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:10).[4]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2001). Philippians (pp. 302–305). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Garland, D. E. (2006). Philippians. In T. Longman III (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 258). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Bruce, F. F. (2011). Philippians (pp. 150–151). Peabody, MA: Baker Books.

[4] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Philippians (Vol. 5, p. 206). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

MARCH 3 AN OVERWHELMING SENSE OF DISMAY

Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

—Exodus 3:6

In olden days men of faith were said to “walk in the fear of God” and to “serve the Lord with fear.” However intimate their communion with God, however bold their prayers, at the base of their religious life was the conception of God as awesome and dreadful. This idea of God transcendent runs through the whole Bible and gives color and tone to the character of the saints. This fear of God was more than a natural apprehension of danger; it was a nonrational dread, an acute feeling of personal insufficiency in the presence of God the Almighty.

Wherever God appeared to men in Bible times the results were the same—an overwhelming sense of terror and dismay, a wrenching sensation of sinfulness and guilt. When God spoke, Abram stretched himself upon the ground to listen. When Moses saw the Lord in the burning bush, he hid his face in fear to look upon God. Isaiah’s vision of God wrung from him the cry, “Woe is me!” and the confession, “I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips” [Isaiah 6:5]. KOH110-111

Lord, when do I ever get that sense of sinfulness and guilt, fear and dismay in my encounters with You? Forgive me for my casual approach to You and renew in me a fear and wonder in Your presence. Amen.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

March 3 Standing Against the Devil

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

James 4:7b

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Anyone who possesses scriptural humility will take an uncompromising stand against Satan.

The successful diplomat or politician is quite adept at the art of compromise and finding the middle ground on various issues. But such skill is a hindrance when it comes to determining your position before God. If you humbly, by faith and repentance, submit yourself to God’s authority, you will immediately find yourself the enemy of Satan. You are either in God’s kingdom and under His lordship, or you are in Satan’s kingdom and under his lordship. It is impossible to have one foot in each kingdom and to be serving both kingdoms’ rulers.

To “resist the devil” gives us insight into what it means to be an enemy of Satan. “Resist” means “to take a stand against” the person of Satan and his entire system, which includes everything he does and represents. Such resistance is the complete opposite of the position you had before you submitted to God. Ephesians 2:1–2 reminds us of what that position was: “You were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [Satan].” At that time, you had no power to resist the Devil and no desire to serve God, because you were slaves to Satan and his system (Heb. 2:14–15).

But all of that can and will change if you humbly switch your allegiance from Satan’s kingdom to God’s kingdom. In today’s verse the apostle James is promising you that as a part of that changed loyalty, you will automatically be in a position to take a stand against Satan. The minute you forsake Satan’s mastery he will flee from you.

Many Christians wrongly assume that Satan is much more powerful than he really is. But if you understand James’s promise you will know you have abundant spiritual resources to handle Satan’s empty threats. Being humble before God doesn’t mean being weak before Satan. God enables you to stand firm and resist.

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Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for the wealth of spiritual resources He provides for you to stand against the Devil.

For Further Study: Read Ephesians 6:10–18. Make a list of the spiritual weapons God has given us. ✧ Pick one of these, and do some additional reading and study to improve your application of it.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

March 2 Daily Help

SALVATION is God’s highest glory. He is glorified in every dewdrop that twinkles to the morning sun. He is magnified in every wood flower that blossoms in the copse, although it live to blush unseen and waste its sweetness in the forest air. But sing, sing, O Universe, till thou hast exhausted thyself, thou canst not afford a song so sweet as the song of Incarnation. There is more in that than in creation, more melody in Jesus in the manger, than there is in worlds on worlds rolling their grandeur round the throne of the Most High.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 65). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

March 2, 2018 Evening Verse Of The Day

David Prays in the Assembly

10 Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
14 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 15 For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. 16 O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. 17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you. 18 O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. 19 Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision.”
20 Then David said to all the assembly, “Bless the LORD your God.” And all the assembly blessed the LORD, the God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and paid homage to the LORD and to the king. 21 And they offered sacrifices to the LORD, and on the next day offered burnt offerings to the LORD, 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, and 1,000 lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel. 22 And they ate and drank before the LORD on that day with great gladness.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Ch 29:10–22). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


David’s Benedictory Prayer of Praise (1 Ch 29:10–20)

10–20 This exquisite piece of poetic prayer spoken in the midst of the “whole assembly” (vv. 10, 20) flows from the atmosphere of wholehearted giving and joyful celebration on the part of the king, leaders, and Israelite community (v. 17; cf. vv. 6–9). David’s prayer radiates the recognition that all glory, honor, praise, and thanksgiving belong to God and God alone (vv. 10–13, 20; note the number of times “yours” and “you” appear in the prayer). Moreover, David’s words over and again declare the reality that every good and perfect gift comes from God (vv. 12, 14, 16; cf. Jas 1:17).

In addition, the Chronicler once again stresses that the kingdom of Israel is ultimately God’s kingdom (“yours, O Lord, is the kingdom,” v. 11; “you are exalted as head over all,” v. 11; “you are the ruler of all things,” v. 12; also note v. 23: “Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord” cf. 1 Ch 17:14; 28:5; 2 Ch 9:8; 13:8). David’s simple response to these theological realities is one of awe and humility: “Who am I, and who are my people … we are aliens and strangers in your sight … our days on earth are like a shadow” (vv. 14–15; recall David’s similar response to God’s promise of a Davidic dynasty [17:16]). For the Chronicler, the reminder of these divine qualities and covenantal truths provide the theological foundation for the rebuilding done by the postexilic community.

The crux of David’s appeal to God is that God may continue the good work he has begun in the hearts of Solomon and the Israelite community: “Keep their hearts loyal to you … give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, requirements and decrees” (vv. 18–19; cf. Php 1:6). David’s prayer is similar to Paul’s understanding of God’s effectual grace in the hearts of his children: “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Php 2:13). The “whole assembly” responds to God’s goodness and sovereign rule in corporate praise and submission to God and God’s chosen king (v. 20).

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11 Note the similarity of David’s declaration to the end of the Lord’s Prayer reflected in some manuscripts: “Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever” (Mt 6:13). Also note the points of similarity between David’s broader prayer (vv. 10–19) and David’s other prayers of thanksgiving in 1 Chronicles (16:7–36; 17:16–27) as well as Psalm 145, which is attributed to David in the superscription of that psalm.[1]


You are blessed! (vv. 10–14)

David picks up where he left off in chapter 16 as he begins to pray: blessing the ‘Lord, the God of Israel’ (16:36; 29:10). He starts, just as our Saviour taught us, by hallowing his name and recognizing that the kingdom is his (vv. 10–11). He moves on to acknowledge that this God is a giving God, and praise turns to thanksgiving as he begins to think about what he and his people have received from this blessed, bountiful God (vv. 12–13). As he surveys what God has done, his reaction is the same as when he received the covenant promises from God back in chapter 17: ‘But who am I …?’ (v. 14; see 17:16).

This time, though, he also asks, on behalf of ‘all Israel’, ‘Who are we?’ (see v. 14). This is the natural response to grace. Grace, in the Bible, means ‘free, undeserved favour’. If we’ve understood God’s grace we will no longer ask sullenly, when we face difficulties, ‘What have I done to deserve this?’ Instead, we will use the same words as a statement of uncomprehending wonder at all that we receive from the Lord: ‘What have I done to deserve this!’ And when we surprise ourselves by doing something that we know we would never have done if God hadn’t been at work in our lives, like Zacchaeus in Luke 19:8 we’ll say, ‘Behold, Lord!’ too. We won’t mean, ‘Look at me, Lord!’ in a proud way, but, ‘Look at what you’ve done in me!’ in a profoundly humble way. That is what David does here. When it comes to sin in our lives, we need to say, ‘It’s all down to me’, but when it comes to evidence of God’s grace at work in our lives, we need to say, ‘It’s all down to you’. It’s frighteningly easy to do quite the reverse![2]


29:10–19 / First Chronicles 29:10–19 contains the remarkable prayer of David, which sets the theological scene for his son Solomon’s reign. The introduction to the prayer in 29:10 states that David praised the Lord. The Hebrew word used here can also be translated “to bless” or “to speak words invoking divine favor.” David’s prayer is spoken in the presence of the whole assembly, and it therefore has a liturgical character.

God is addressed in the prayer with the expressions O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting (29:10) and O Lord, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel (29:18). It is clear that David acknowledges that the God who is building “a house” for himself and for David is the covenant God of Israel’s ancestors. These divine titles establish continuity with the religious traditions of the past.

David’s words in 29:14 resemble those used in the prayer reported in 17:16. David confesses that everything he and his people have donated willingly for the construction of the temple comes from the Lord, who is the provider of everything. David confesses that all this abundance … comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you, and he expresses his joy about the freewill offerings of the people.

With the second invocation of God’s name in 29:18 David presents a petition. He asks that the people will keep this desire in their hearts and will keep their hearts loyal to God. He furthermore asks for wholehearted devotion for his son Solomon … to keep the Lord’s commands, requirements and decrees. He also asks that his son will have the “devotion” to build the palatial structure.

29:20 / In 29:20 David urges the whole assembly also to praise the Lord their God and to do so with the typical gesture of reverence and respect for the deity: they bowed low and fell prostrate before the Lord and the king. It is strange that “the king” is also included here. The suggestion is probably, just as earlier in the Chronicler’s narrative, that the king is the custodian of Yahweh’s kingship and prostration before the king implies reverence for the Lord.[3]


29:11 The purpose of the temple was to exalt the Lord and to acknowledge the universality of His kingdom. David modeled before the people the worship of the living God. It typically starts with praise for God’s eternity, His complete control over the universe, and His great power. He is the glorious Master over all (Ps. 134:3).[4]


29:10–20. After the almost spontaneous reaction of generosity by the people, David turned to the Lord in worship. He first extolled Him as the God of … Israel (v. 10) and spoke of God’s attributes of eternality, omnipotence, glory, and sovereignty (vv. 10b–11). David then acknowledged Him as the One able to provide people’s needs (v. 12b). Next he offered thanksgiving and praise (v. 13) with a confession that even the gifts which had just been presented were possible because the Lord was their original Giver (cf. James 1:17) of all things from His hand (1 Chron. 29:14–16). Moreover, David prayed, the gifts were of no avail if given insincerely, so he said that he and the others, had given from purest motives (v. 17; cf. 28:9).

Finally, referring to God as the One who had made a covenant in the past with the nation’s ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, he prayed that the Lord would keep the people willing and loyal (29:18) and would continue His blessing, especially in enabling Solomon to have complete devotion to God and to the building of the temple (v. 19; cf. 28:9). After his prayer, David asked the assembly to praise the Lord (29:20).

29:21–22a. Next day the prayers of dedication were confirmed by the offering of an enormous number of sacrificial animals (3,000 in all), the giving of which brought the people great joy before the Lord.[5]


[1] Mabie, F. J. (2010). 1 and 2 Chronicles. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: 1 Chronicles–Job (Revised Edition) (Vol. 4, pp. 152–154). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Thomson, A. (2011). Opening Up 1 Chronicles (pp. 108–109). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[3] Jonker, L. C. (2013). 1 & 2 Chronicles. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (p. 163). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 530). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] Merrill, E. H. (1985). 1 Chronicles. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 617). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.