1 Chronicles 15-16

1 Chronicles 15-16

Chapter 15: David Prepares the Ark of the Lord

David build himself houses in the City of David and prepares a place for the Ark in the city of David and pitches a tent for it. David tells everyone that NO ONE should carry the ark, except the Levites.

David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Lord unto his place, which he had prepared for it, and assembled the children of Aaron, and the Levites:

The sons of Kohath; Uriel the chief, and his brethren, 120.

The sons of Merari; Asaiah the chief, and his brethren, 220.

The  sons of Gershom; Joel the chief, and his brethren, 130.

The sons of Elizaphan; Shemaiah the chief, and his brethren, 200.

The sons of Hebron; Eliel the chief, and his brethren.

The sons of Uzziel; Amminadab the chief, and his brethren, 212.

David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab, and said unto them, “…Ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it.” (1 Chronicles 15:12)

So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel. So the children of the Levites took the ark of God upon their shoulders. David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint some men to be the singers with instruments, sounding and by lifting up the voice with joy. So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; Zechariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Elipheleh, Mikneiah, and Obed-edom, and Jeiel, the porters.

So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were appointed to sound with cymbals of brass; And Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalteries on Alamoth; And Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obed-edom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps on the Sheminith to excel. And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed about the song, because he was skilful.

And Berechiah and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the ark.

And Shebaniah, Jehoshaphat, Nethaneel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests,blew on  trumpets before the ark of God: and Obed-edom and Jehiah were doorkeepers for the ark. So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the house of Obed-edom with joy.

David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and therefore Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps. As the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul was looking out the window and saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.

Chapter 16: People Sacrifice and Praise the Lord

Israel brings the ark of God, and set it in the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God. David also blessed the people in the name of the Lord, and he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine.

Then on that day David delivered a psalm of thanks to the Lord into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.

“Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvelous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones. He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations; Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac; And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant, Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance; When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it. And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes, Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.  Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigneth. Let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he cometh to judge the earth. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel forever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord.” (1 Chronicles 16:8-36)

So David left the ark of the covenant of the Lord Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the ark continually, as every day’s work required: And all the people departed every man to his house: and David returned to bless his house.

1 Chronicles 13-14

1 Chronicles 13-14

Chapter 13: The Ark of the Lord

David consulted with all the captains and said unto the congregation of Israel that he felt it was good to send a group out to get the ark of the Lord. So David and his group of people brought the ark of the Lord from Kirjath-jearim which belonged to Judah and carried the ark in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart.

David and all of Israel were singing and dancing, and when the ark met the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza reached out to hold the ark and the anger of the Lord was upon him and smote him so that he died.

Because of this David was afraid of the Lord and did not know where to place the ark, so he didn’t bring it into the city of David, but instead carried it into the house of Obed-edom and the ark of God blessed the family of Obed-edom for three months.

Chapter 14: David Marries Wives and Becomes Famous

Hyram the king of Tyre sent messengers to David bringing him timber of cedars, with masons and carpenters to build him a house. So David perceived that the Lord has confirmed him a king over all of Israel.

David took more wives to marry and begat more sons and daughters;

Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, Ibhar, Elishua,Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Beeliada, and Eliphalet.

When the Philistines heard that David was anointed King, they came up and sought for his life. So David counsels with the Lord and asks what he shall do and the Lord tells him to go up against the Philistines in battle, because he will deliver him. So they came up to Baal-perazim and David smote them there. David also burned their gods and caused that the Philistines spread out among the valley. The fame of David went out among the land.

1 Kings 7-8

1 Kings 7-8

Chapter 7: Solomon Builds Himself a House

Solomon builds himself a house that takes him 13 years to complete! The construction of the palace or house of Solomon was very similar in design and elegance as the Temple of the Lord was. I won’t go into detail about all the sizes of the house or the way it was built… but imagine very nice… with gold and fine carved timber throughout.

King Solomon hired a man by the name of Huram who was very skilled with Bronze work. He came to work for the king and complete all the tasks assigned to him. Huram cast two bronze pillars with a network of interwoven chains on the tops, one was called Jakin in the south and the other was Boaz in the north. He also made a molten sea with (baptismal font) that had a radius of 7.5 feet, this “sea” is rested upon the backs of 12 oxen; 3 facing north, 3 facing east, 3 facing west, and 3 facing south. Huram also made 10 stands (carts) with wheels that had basins of water in them, and some pots, shovels and sprinkling bowls to do all of the ordinances.                King Solomon had everything made or overlaid with Gold and once the house portion of the Temple was completed he put the rest of the Gold, Silver and other treasures his father had dedicated into the treasuries of the Temple.

Chapter 8: The Ark of the Temple

The Ark and the two tablets of stone that are placed inside of the Ark are moved into the “holy of holies” inside the Temple. The glory of the Lord fills the Temple, like a cloud throughout the Temple, so much that the priests are unable to stand up.

Solomon offers a dedicatory prayer and asks for temporal and spiritual blessing upon all of Israel, especially those who are repentant and follow the commandments. The people of Israel sacrifice and worship for 14 days straight. One verse that really caught my eye was the following;

“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?” (1 Kings 8:27) -There is more than just “one” heaven… something that latter-day revelation has revealed about where we go when we die. This is all part of the Plan of Salvation… and the 3 degrees of glory that exist in what most people commonly refer to as “heaven”.

2 Samuel 5-6

2 Samuel 5-6

Chapter 5: David: King of Jerusalem

Israel anoints David as king over all of Israel. The chapter tells us that David was 30 years old when he started his reign as king over Israel and that he reigned for 40 years! While he was in Hebron, David ruled over Judah for seven and a half years, and 33 years combined ruler over Israel and Judah. David goes into the land of Jerusalem and takes the stronghold of Zion, which is the same as the City of David. David builds up his city and even has other rulers send him people and materials to build himself a house. Because of all this David thought that the Lord must be with him, so he took more wives and had even more sons and daughters born to him.

The Philistines find out that David has become king and they are angered, so they come to battle against David. David inquires of the Lord as to whether he should attack, and the Lord comforts him, saying that he will deliver the Philistines into his hands. David smites the Philistines!

Chapter 6: The Ark of the Lord in the City of David

David gathers the best men of Israel (30,000 men in all) to go and get the Ark of the Covenant. They get the Ark and set it upon a new cart to be carried back from the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah. As they marched back with the Ark, David and the entire house of Israel played instruments of all kinds. Uzzah touches the Ark  (trying to steady it, because the oxen where shaking) and is killed by God for having touched it. Because of this David was displeased and it seemed like he was upset at God/fearing of God because he had killed Uzzah. So David didn’t want it placed in his city, so he sends it to the house of Obed-eom, where it rested for 3 months and while it was there, the family and whole house of Obed-eom was blessed.

David then has the Ark brought into the city of David and he dances before the Lord. This displeases Michal and causes then to be at a distance.

Numbers 9-10

Numbers 9-10

Chapter 9: Commanded to Keep the Passover

Israel is again commanded to keep the Passover. We also learn again, that the congregation of Israel moved when the cloud descended upon them and they journeyed every time the cloud went up.  (Numbers 9:17-21)

Chapter 10: Ark of the Covenant

The Lord speaks to Moses and commands him to make two trumpets, for the purpose of calling the assembly for the journeying of the camps of Israel. The trumpets will be used not only for assembly but for calling the princes of each tribe to gather together and to sound the alarm for war.

In the 20th day of the second year the cloud lifted up and the children of Israel took their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Paran.

Each tribe with their standard was lifted as they marched forth in a prescribed order. The Ark of the Covenant, however always went before them.

Genesis 4-6

Genesis 4-6

Chapter 4: Cain and Abel

Adam and Eve “knew each other”, or in other words they were no longer innocent as children, and because of that… they were able to conceive a child, and they conceived Cain. They also had Abel who was Cain’s brother.

Cain gets upset with his brother Abel and kills him in the field. The Lord asks Cain where his brother is, and Cain essentially denies that he did anything.

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The Lord curses Cain and sets a mark upon him, so that people will know that it is him. Cain is banished to the land of Nod, which is east of Eden. There, Cain conceives many children with his wife. Their first child was Enoch and after him did they name the city they started in the land of Nod.

Adam and Eve have another child named Seth to replace the loss of their son Abel. Seth has a son and calls his name Enos, and from that day forward men look unto God.

Chapter 5: The Generation of Adam

  • Adam lived until the ripe old age of 930, and then he died.
  • Seth was 105, when he conceived Enos.
  • Seth died at the age of 912.
  • Enos, conceived Cainan when he was 90.
  • Enos died at the age of 905.
  • Cainan conceived Mahalaleel when he was 70.
  • Cainan died at the age of 910.
  • Mahalaleel conceived Jared at 65.
  • Mahalaleel died at the age of 895.
  • Jared conceived Enoch at the age of 162.
  • Jared died at the age of 962.
  • Enoch conceived Methuselah at the age of 65.
  • Enoch walked with God for 300 years after Methuselah was Born. (Enoch was a righteous man).
  • Enoch died at the age of 365.
  • Methuselah conceived Lamech at the age of 887.
  • Methuselah died at the age of 969.
  • Lamech conceived Noah at the age of 182.
  • Lamech died at the age of 777.
  • Noah was 500 years old when he conceived his sons: Shem, Ham and Japeth.

Chapter 6: Noah and the Ark

“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, the daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw that the daughters of men that they were fair…” (Genesis 5:1-2)

I get out of this scripture that it is NATURAL for a MAN to like a WOMAN and VICE-VERSA. No where do I see that it says “the sons of God saw the sons of men that they were fair”, God did not make men or women to be gay. That is not love, it is simply lust.

But, just like in today’s time we see wickedness… God was upset to the point where he said he wished he hadn’t made man on the earth. God was saddened by the wickedness of men! Therefore he decided to destroy mankind and their wickedness by using the earth to flood the earth.

“And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with  violence through them, and, behold I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window thou shalt make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lover, second and third stories shalt thou make it.” (Genesis 6:13-17)

The Ark:

Width: 50 Cubits= 22.5 M OR 73.8 Ft.

Height: 30 Cubits=13.5 M OR 44.2 Ft.

Length: 300 Cubits-135 M OR 442.9 Ft.

Three Floors: 4.5 M in each floor 14.7 FT (the floor to ceiling had almost 15 ft tall rooms)

The Ark had 1 Single Window.

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                God tells Noah that he is going to flood the earth and that it will be his responsibility to save mankind and all life on earth through him building an ark, stocking it with animals and food and surviving through the flood.

God commands Noah to have 2 of every sort “male and female”, because without male and female there is NO LIFE.