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kjv@1Chronicles:1:8 @ @ RandyP comments: This is the Canaan that the Canaanites are named. They are Phoenician.

kjv@1Chronicles:1-2 @ @ RandyP comments: Here we have not only the lineage of Israel but, also the brief description of the lineages of several of the tribes and nations that began to spread across the continents into Asia, India, Europe, Siberia. Some of these would become frequent foes to Israel. Some like Edom were of the similiar sematic descent.

kjv@1Chronicles:3-4 @ @ RandyP comments: It is interesting the peculiar things that are included about just a few of these names. Why these things were recorded, a man that prayed for peace along his coastline, a woman that bore her child in much sorrow, and not others. Every name has a story to tell and while there is not enough room to record each of these stories the stories told provide a context of humanness and God's grace.

kjv@1Chronicles:6-7 @ @ RandyP comments: I was wondering with this great list of men, if we were all gathered for a conference or retreat which ones would I like, which ones would I get along with? With so many names there is certainly a diversity of personalities. The other question is how many of these men will we see in Heaven. One would think that if they were listed in the Bible that they would surely be there, right? If at this retreat we were to witness Jesus to these men, which of them would believe? How many levitical priests for instance? What would we have to know in order to witness to them?

kjv@1Chronicles:10 @ @ RandyP comments: What about Saul's head? It says that they brought back his body, but that his head was in the temple. Did they go into the temple of the dragon?

kjv@1Chronicles:11-12 @ @ RandyP comments: This innuageration must have been quiet the event. Not only by the numbers but, by the commitment and determination. We are reading the same stories as in Kings but with additional details to most.

kjv@1Chronicles:11-12 @ @ RandyP comments: It is interesting to see the types of people surrounding the leadership David. Men of valor, loyal, honorable, single hearted, knowing the times and what needed to be done, skilled with both hands, lion faced, some setting 100's to run. David's success can be attributed to God first and David's heart towards God second but, there should be no doubt that God had supplied and was using the men surrounding David to get the job done. Few of these men could be termed saintly by our standards but, much needed none the less.

kjv@1Chronicles:13:7 @ @ RandyP comments: The Levitical Law was very specific as to how the priests were carry the Ark on their shoulders. The cart was a violation. The same mistake that the Philistines had made.

kjv@1Chronicles:13:13 @ @ RandyP comments: The Gittite tells us that they hadn't even made it back into Israel when this happened.

kjv@1Chronicles:11-12 @ @ RandyP comments: My first reading through Kings left me with the impression that David and Samuel could have done better; that much of what David had gone through prior to this, namely his exile, could have been stirred away from either by David manning up or Samuel taking on some role of mentorship. In this second account I see the numbers and types of men that came into rank behind David and wonder if God had not been working all of the preliminaries to orchestrate this present innaugeration and the momentum generated from it.

kjv@1Chronicles:11-12 @ @ RandyP comments: Remember now that by God's doing all these men come together, but, later by David's sinful doing many of these same men will conspire against him in favor of his son Absolam.

kjv@1Chronicles:17:13 @ @ RandyP comments: Solomon's reign could well have ended earlier than it did considering his idolatry if it weren't for this particular promise of God.

kjv@1Chronicles:17 @ @ RandyP comments: David was given this promise by Nathan and would have been aware of it throughout his decisions to follow. Remember that this child has yet to be born. What effect did this knowledge have during his exile from Absalom? Why did he wait to his senility to proclaim Solomon king? Did it embolden him in his dealings with Uziah and Bathsheba?

kjv@1Chronicles:17 @ @ RandyP comments: David was given this promise by Nathan and would have been aware of it throughout his decisions to follow. Remember that this child has yet to be born. What effect did this knowledge have during his exile from Absalom? Why did he wait to his senility to proclaim Solomon king? Did it embolden him in his dealings with Uziah and Bathsheba?

kjv@1Chronicles:21:1 @ @ RandyP comments: kjv@2Samuel:24:2-4 Suggests that David's men attempted to talk David out of this.

kjv@1Chronicles:21:5 @ @ RandyP comments: What later will be two separate nations is already being counted separately.

kjv@1Chronicles:21:6 @ @ RandyP comments: Joab never seemed all that spiritual to me, but, even he knew what David was doing was wrong.

kjv@1Chronicles:21:9 @ @ RandyP comments: David is speaking to the Lord. The Lord now however is speaking through Gad.

kjv@1Chronicles:21:12 @ @ RandyP comments: God wants Gad to return David's answer, not David.

kjv@1Chronicles:21 @ @ RandyP comments: Few of us ever become kings and are under this kind of responsibility, but, there are times when our actions unfairly effect many of those around us. Close confidants may try to talk us out of proceeding, even those not particularly spiritual seem to have better sense; we advance forward into it anyway. Times like these God may choose to speak through another; we may be too hardened or too ashamed to hear Him direct. Actions have their unavoidable consequences however, for some greater consequences then others. David knows not only that he must fall upon the mercies of God, but, in this case is shown that he'll have to make sacrificial atonement. Nowadays, we'd have to rely upon the Lord's sacrifice at the cross. Much of the consequence unfortunately still takes place.

kjv@1Chronicles:21:1 @ @ RandyP comments: The word for Satan here can also be translated adversary. It is hard to imagine what type of human or political adversary would have pricked or enticed David enough to make him do this, especially knowing such a census was forbidden. Given the way God responded and the measure to which God responded, it is my belief that the KJV translation Satan is highly possible.

kjv@1Chronicles:22 @ @ RandyP comments: By David's delay this transition to the throne of Solomon nearly did not happen.

kjv@1Chronicles:25 @ @ RandyP comments: The musicians were to be Levites, to prophecy and to be cunning. Twenty four lots, just as the attending priests. They weren't just anybody.

kjv@1Chronicles:26-27 @ @ RandyP comments: This looks like a very well distributed system of governance. There were princes and positions over most everything, even rotating monthly assignments for some.

kjv@1Chronicles:28:5 @ @ RandyP comments: It should be evident to everyone involved the Solomon was chosen. For those who joined in Adonajah's take over it must of been known that it was pure rebellion.

kjv@1Chronicles:28-29 @ @ RandyP comments: Seems the times Israel is shown in the best light are at times when they have been given a project, taking over the land, building the temple, rebuilding the temple. It should be observed that not long into these projects there are challenges and not long after dissension/distraction/rebellion. It just seems to be the way of the world.

kjv@1Chronicles:28-29 @ @ RandyP comments: For all of his power and riches, the king dies just like all of the rest naked and possession less. This king however is remembered for many a great things and a couple less than great things. Through it all he was able to keep his connection with God. David's life and character are still today studied and examined and emulated. His Psalms are amongst the peoples favorite.