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I Chronicles 24:1-2611
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints …Let all things be done decently and in order.
(1Co 14:33, 40 KJV)

The above verses were what came to my mind as I read how Aaron’s descendents were divided up to minister in the temple, even down to the gatekeepers. It’s not if you show up and lets use this person at the last minute because this was not something we thought about. Every aspect of the ministry was thought out and planned for under the guidance of the Holy Spirit that came upon the saints of old.

Serving in the temple was not based on who was liked best but by dividing up the groups and using mathematics of chance to assign order of service. One could argue that I was assigned the bathroom cleaning detail because I had no influence with leadership; however throwing die or lots to pick assignment within each groups calling stopped the tendency to do that dead it its tracks.

Obed-Edom's sons: The firstborn Shemaiah, the second Jehozabad, the third Joah, the fourth Sakar, the fifth Nethanel, the sixth Ammiel, the seventh Issachar, and the eighth Peullethai. (Indeed, God blessed Obed-Edom.) His son Shemaiah also had sons, who were leaders of their families, for they were highly respected. The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, Rephael, Obed, and Elzabad. His relatives Elihu and Semakiah were also respected. All these were the descendants of Obed-Edom. They and their sons and relatives were respected men, capable of doing their responsibilities. There were sixty-two of them related to Obed-Edom.
(1Ch 26:4-8 NET.)

Obed-Edom, who kept and honored the ARK of the Covenant while it resided in his home (2 Sam 6:11; 1 Chron. 13:14), keeps popping up in these readings. For the man to be continuously mentioned in Chronicles tells me to take note and see what the man did to be honored by God. This lets me know that God honors and rewards faithfulness.

Romans 4:1-12

Not only does God not have favorites based on lineage, ethnicity and or melanin in the skin, he uses one criterion and one criterion alone in those he calls His, our faith. Our actions or works are not a means by which we earn our way into God’s favor or Kingdom, but is an outward sign of an inward work. We do good works because of the Love that has been “shed abroad” in our hearts.

We do because God first loved us, we don’t do trying to prove our love for God.

Psalm 13:1-6
David seems to voice to God that he feels abandoned to his troubles because God has forgotten him. He is struggling with enemies without and the one within (himself), telling him that God has forsaken him. He tells God to answer his prayer and not let allow the enemies to make sport of him. Then he remembers who God is and what he has done for him in the past and believes and knows that God loves him and will rescue him as God has done in the past.

This is a model for me to follow when I feel like I’ve been left alone by God. It also reminds me that just because I “feel” like something is true doesn’t mean it is true.

Proverbs 19:15-16

I am going to go out on a limb in this fifteenth verse so if there are mental health professionals reading this I may have a few enemies if I do not have them already. One of the symptoms of depression is a desire for sleep.

Since I’ve learned long ago that I cannot fit and mold the Word of God to my own circumstances I must fit my circumstances to the Word of God, could it be that depression and its symptoms of sleep may be a means to escape the sins we have committed or won’t forgive ourselves for? Interesting that God, in I John has given us a way of escape for missing the mark, sin.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1Jo 1:9 KJVR)

The question is upon confessing our sin, do we stick around and wait for God’s cleansing, or do we take the route of pride and arrogance, “God can forgive me, but I can’t forgive myself,”

Grace and peace,

Romans 4

Does anyone have trouble like me understanding the concepts of faith, justification, and righteousness?
Bob Deffinbaugh does a good job of explaining this chapter. (Great Introduction story too). I just thought I would list his topic titles if anyone wants a better insight. The point of all of this really is that the O.T. law was never meant to bridge the gap between God and people, only Jesus could do that.

Abraham Was Justified by Faith, Not Works
Abraham Was Justified While Still a Gentile
God’s Promises Are Realized by Faith, Not by Law-Keeping
Abraham’s Faith Is Like That Required by the Gospel

(1) Salvation is not of works, and only by faith.
(2) Faith is the only way of receiving God’s blessing.
(3) The ‘sacraments’ do not convey grace as some would tell us; they symbolize grace.

P.S. I think this might be important because I had to try 4 times to get to this link…..hmmmm.

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