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Bible Study i Chronicles 13

Need to make a decision? Seek counsel from God and many godly people. I Chronicles 13:1 (Amplified Bible) says, “David consulted the captains of thousands and hundreds, even with every leader.” The best human decisions are made when there is a lot of good input. King David was a wise person to try to get multiple perspectives on a particular endeavor. God has not placed all knowledge in one mere human being. Pluck the knowledge of others to make your endeavors more successful.

However, do not rely exclusively on human wisdom. I Chronicles 13:2 (Amplified Bible) says, “And David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you and if it is of the Lord our God, let us send abroad everywhere to our brethren who are left in all the land of Israel, and with them to the priests and Levites in their cities that have suburbs and pasturelands, that they may gather together with us.” The source of wisdom is God. Consult God first in decision-making.

Since God and people were consulted on the idea of bringing the ark of the covenant from Kiriath-jearim, God brought favor to the endeavor and godly people supported the idea and did not try to sabotage it. People who do not consult others are selfish and proud. Selfishness and pride are qualities of the kingdom of darkness (Satan). God removed Satan from Him presence because of pride. The kingdom of Light (God) manifests the opposite qualities of the kingdom of darkness; qualities such as love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). The Apostle Paul encourages believers in God to be known for their lack of selfishness. Philippians 4:5 (Amplified Bible) says, “Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon].”

People cannot do works for God or praise God effectively without obedience. I Chronicles 13:8-9 (Amplified Bible) says, “And David and all Israel merrily celebrated before God with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets. And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza put out his hand to steady the ark, for the oxen [that were drawing the cart stumbled and were restive. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and He smote him because he touched the ark; and there he died before God.” God gives certain people certain responsibilities, and He does not want other people to do those responsibilities. Apparently, Uzza was not a son of Kohath. God gave the sons of Kohath the responsibility of touching the holy things (Numbers 4:15). God insists that we work for Him and praise Him according to the way He wants us to work and praise Him. Examine some of your works for God. Are they done in obedience to the Word of God and the promptings of the Holy Spirit? Are you operating in the gifts and talents God gave you?

Gather as much human wisdom as you can to assist in doing the things of God, but never become lax regarding the requirements of the Word of God. Praise or anything else is not a substitute for obedience to God. Matthew 22:37 (Amplified Bible) says, “And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). [Deut. 6:5] This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.” John 14:15 (Amplified Bible) says, “If you [really] love me, you will keep (obey) My commands.”

The location of the ark of the covenant remains a mystery today. One of the things the ark of the covenant contains is the stone tablets with the ten commandments that God gave to Moses to give to the Israelis people of God. God is a multiple of one as in 1 X 1 X 1 = 1 (God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit). One of the names for Jesus Christ is “The Word of God” (Revelation 19:13). During the time of the ark of the covenant the Israelis people of God were looking forward to the Messiah’s coming. They had part of the Word of God, but they did not have the power of the Word of God living on the inside of them reconciling them to God. No sacrifice was perfect to remove from people wrong thoughts and wrong behaviors (sin).

More than 2,000 years ago Jesus Christ went to the cross at Calvary, Israel, to pay and remove the debt owed God the Father for all sins of human beings. The debt was paid and reconciliation between God and people happened when God the Father raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Then those whom God has selected to place their trust in Him, are given the Holy Spirit to live inside of them. Since God is a multiple of one, the Word of God lives inside of the people of God. Consequently, today people do not need the ark of the covenant because we have a better covenant obtained for the people of God through Jesus Christ the Messiah. God is good in that He has also given us the written word of the Bible. The Old Testament section of the Bible lets us know that God is going to bring a new and perfect covenant through the Messiah. The old ways of worship were symbols of what is to come. When Jesus Christ the Messiah came, the old ways became obsolete and are no longer to be used (Hebrews 8:13).

Are you a child of God? Be glad that the Word of God lives on the inside of you. While consulting with many wise people is helpful, the best help comes from God. If people knew where the ark of the covenant is today, all children of God could now touch it because we have free access to God. Ephesians 3:12 (Amplified Bible) says, “In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).” The ark of the covenant was kept in the Holy of Holies of the place of worship where the Israelis people of God used to worship. But today the people of God have the Holy of Holies (God Himself) living inside. While the people of God go to church buildings to worship God, they actually at all times walk around worshipping God because He is with them at all times.

In addition to restrictions on who could touch the ark of the covenant, King David and the Israelites could not always hear from God directly. They sometimes had to hear from prophets like Samuel, Nathan and Gad. While we still have pastors, prophets, evangelists, teachers and other leaders, all children of God can hear from God directly. Speaking of Jesus Christ Hebrews 1:1-2 (Amplified Bible) says, “In many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets, [But] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order.]”

Do you have faith, trust and intimate knowledge of the Word of God (Jesus Christ)? If yes, keep growing in God and enjoying eternal life with Him. If not, humble yourself and talk (pray) to God that He would reveal Himself to you, and that He would forgive your sins (wrong thoughts and wrong behaviors) and write your name in the Book of Life (the record God keeps of all who are His people), and allow you to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Having faith, trust and intimate knowledge of God is the most important decision in life because now you have the master decision-maker living inside of you and are equipped for this life on earth and life after death.