In today’s chapter the focus shifts away from listing who is doing what and turns to plans for a temple. Rape and slavery? No time to focus on the immorality of those because God’s temple is more important!
“But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’” – 1 Chronicles 28:3
“Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the tribe of Judah he chose my family, and from my father’s sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel. Of all my sons—and the Lord has given me many—he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel.” – 1 Chronicles 28:4-5
Cue evil cackle now. Seriously, could this sound any more evil or conceited?
“Be careful to follow all the commands of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.” – 1 Chronicles 28:8
Don’t mess up. If you touch God’s stuff in the wrong way he will smote you down!
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.” – 1 Chronicles 28:9-10
And if God says to rape and kill, you’d better do it! You don’t want to face God’s wrath!
“He designated the weight of gold for all the gold articles to be used in various kinds of service, and the weight of silver for all the silver articles to be used in various kinds of service: the weight of gold for the gold lampstands and their lamps, with the weight for each lampstand and its lamps; and the weight of silver for each silver lampstand and its lamps, according to the use of each lampstand; the weight of gold for each table for consecrated bread; the weight of silver for the silver tables; the weight of pure gold for the forks, sprinkling bowls and pitchers; the weight of gold for each gold dish; the weight of silver for each silver dish; and the weight of the refined gold for the altar of incense. He also gave him the plan for the chariot, that is, the cherubim of gold that spread their wings and overshadow the ark of the covenant of the Lord.” – 1 Chronicles 28:14-18
This is insane!!! The Bible spends more time talking about the weight of a gold fucking lamp than it does denouncing rape and slavery!
Wow! What a chapter filled with biblical morals! How would people know how to be moral if it wasn’t for these detailed instruction on how to build a gold lamp? Can you imagine how many gold lamps people would have messed up had they not had the Bible as an instruction manual? Phew!
Coming Soon: 1 Chronicles – Chapter 29: Gifts for Building the Temple