Today we take a close look at 1 Chronicles 22. We are nearing the end of 1 Chronicles, but there are a couple of chapters yet to go. This chapter returns to the theme of God taking more interest in the material world of things. Too often the god of the Bible is more interested in things and less interested in people. When he is interesting in people, it’s too often what people are doing wrong with his things.
“So David gave orders to assemble the foreigners residing in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God.” – 1 Chronicles 22:2
Don’t you dare fuck with God’s house! Only the best stone and stonecutters for God!
“David said to Solomon: ‘My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the Lord my God. But this word of the Lord came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.’’” – 1 Chronicles 22:7-8
So David’s punishment for the blood shed is to not be allowed to build God’s house? Um…WTF?!?!? That’s not a punishment!!!
The rest of the chapter focuses on the riches David gave to build this house and instructions on others to help build God’s house. I’m still trying to let David’s punishment sink in. Okay, maybe David is devastated he can’t build this house. Let’s assume that for argument’s sake. This is still NOT a punishment. It does nothing to bring back those God had David kill. God sat by and did nothing, aside from encouraging David to fight, this whole time. Stepping in now to ‘punish’ David is far too little far too late.
Coming Soon: Psalm – Chapter 30: A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.