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1 CHRONICLES 26:12-27:34 | ROMANS 4:13-5:5 | PSALM 14:1-7 | PROVERBS 19:17
The chronicling of David’s officials continues: these are the priests, the gatekeepers, the treasury keepers, and various other sundry officials.
One point of observation: the reason the Lord was displeased with David’s desire for taking a census was due to the fact that in the original covenant that had been made between Abraham and renewed many a generation following that, God had clearly promised that the people of Israel would one day be as numerous as the stars in the sky.
That meant that they couldn’t be numbered. Why then would David wish to disbelieve that promise and begin to count the uncountable? It is for his lack of faith that David displeased God in this undertaking of counting up the citizens of his kingdom.
Turning now to our reading in the book of Romans, we find Paul, the master theologian, teacher, preacher, and letter-writer, writing in earnest to the early believers in Rome, many of them Jewish by birth who appear to be in conflict on many points concerning the Law received from Moses and in its application thereof.
Paul takes this matter even one step further backward to trace their ancestry to Abraham to whom the very first covenant or promise was made by God. A promise that Abraham accepted at face-value, and one that was as remarkable as Abraham’s own faith in it.
Paul has a beautiful way of offering a summary of these facts, and ties it all up very neatly when he speaks of what it all means in terms of faith vs. works, the Law vs. grace.
Paul says, 18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
Paul goes on to speak clearly and boldly about this great justification through faith that produces an eternal peace between our sinful selves and God Almighty.
He says, 1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Turning next to our reading of the psalms, we find David speak with confidence about the great deliverance that is available through the Lord, but available only for the asking. To those who ask and to those who believe, the Lord is their refuge and there is great rejoicing. David surmises that the Lord does this:
2 The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,any who seek God.
Finally, one verse from the book of Proverbs that is crystal-clear in its meaning:
17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD,
and he will reward them for what they have done.
May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word.