1 Chronicles 28, 2 Peter 2, Micah 5, Luke 14

 1 Chronicles 28 
"Now therefore in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in hearing of our God, observe and seek out all the commandments of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land and leave it for an inheritance to your children after you forever."  2 Chronicles 28:8 

As David comes to the end of his life, he initiates the transition of power and authority to Solomon as his successor.  After gathering the officials, David explained his desire to build a house for the ark of the covenant of the LORD but God's unwillingness for him to do so.  God said, "You may not build a house for my name, for you are a man of war and have shed blood."  I have wondered since God instructed Israel to destroy the people of the land and uniquely gave David directions of how to wage war if He is talking about the blood of Uriah.  

Notice the difference between God's covenant with David in verse four and Solomon in verse seven.  God's covenant with David is unconditional, "The LORD God of Israel chose me from all my father's house to be king over Israel forever."  The condition with Solomon is "I will establish his kingdom forever if he continues strong in keeping my commandments and my rules, as he is today."  In 2 Samuel 7:8-16 God promised to raise up a descendant of David's and establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  Verse sixteen says, "Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me.  Your throne shall be established forever."  

David's charge to Solomon beginning in verse nine seems appropriate for all those chosen by God.  David instructs Solomon to do two things: 1) acknowledge the God of your father and 2) serve him with wholehearted devotion and a willing mind.  Why do these two things?  The LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts.  God knows everything I do and why I do it.  If I seek Him, He will be found; but if I forsake Him, He will reject me.  Those are the only two choices; seek and find or abandon and be rejected. 

David's conclusion is fitting for all believers, "Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the LORD God, is with you.  He will not leave you or forsake you."  In Deuteronomy 31:8, Joshua is told the same thing.  The writer of Hebrews says the same thing and adds "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?"

LORD God, unless You build the house, I labor in vain.  Knowing my body is the temple of Your Spirit, I desire to be a "house" appropriate for such a Guest.  Holy Spirit, please do the work necessary in me so that I may glorify You in my body.  

2 Peter 2:8 
"For as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard."  

The ESV attributes the tormenting to Lot "he was tormenting his righteous soul."  Other versions, like the NIV, credit the torment to those among whom he lives, "For that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard."  Other translations are pretty equally divided to whom they attribute Lot's tormented soul.  I have been unable to answer the question of who is responsible definitively but to think "he was tormenting his righteous soul (by what) he saw and heard" convicted me.  

Am I tormenting my righteous soul by what I hear and see on the television or movies I watch?  Considering that in the context of being the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, caused me to stop and rethink what I intentionally allow into my life.  I know I live in an adulterous, evil generation and am surrounded by lawless deeds, but what about those I willfully accept?

Father God, please give me discernment to know from what to walk away.  Holy Spirit, I covenant with You to do my very best to protect Your temple.  Jesus, thank You for the gift of Your Spirit.  I desire to listen to all He would have me know and do. 

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