Friday, November 18
As I mentioned in the devotion a few days ago for 1 Chronicles 1-2, tradition says that this book was probably written after the Israelites returned to Jerusalem following 70 years in exile. This was probably during the time that Jerusalem was being rebuilt, a time with a lot of struggles and fear. There were not walls around the city. There were enemy nations around. They had not had their own kingdom in the entire time most of the people had been alive. This was all new for them.
These chapters start the retelling of the time when David was king, a prosperous time in their history. In 1 Chronicles 11:4, it says:
David and all the Israelites marched to Jerusalem (that is, Jebus). The Jebusites who lived there said to David, “You will not get in here.” Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion, the city of David.
Then in verse 8, it says about King David:
He built up the city around it, from the supporting terraces to the surrounding wall, while Joab restored the rest of the city.
This must have been very encouraging at this time to see that David had to conquer and then build up Jerusalem, including the walls, during his reign. The nation was greatly blessed while David reigned, so why couldn’t they rebuild and be prosperous and be blessed again. David had trusted God, and they were now trusting God, so they could look forward to blessings and protection just as the people in the time of David.
We can all look back to the people in the church before us, and see how they trusted God, and how the church has been blessed through them. This may be people in our family, in our local church, or others that we know of. Their examples and the things that they have done through faith should teach us that with faith, we can also have protection, peace, and blessings as we serve the LORD.