1 Chronicles: Back To The Heart Of Worship (4 of 10) by Roger Thomas

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1 Chronicles: Back To The Heart Of Worship (4 of 10)
Series: Through the Bible
Roger Thomas
1 Chronicles 16:23-36

Introduction: A contemporary worship song we have been using in recent months has these lyrics:

When the music fades, and all has passed away,
and I simply come.
Longing just to bring something that's of worth,
that will bless your heart.

I'm coming back to the heart of worship,
Cause it's all about You, all about You Jesus.
I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it,
When it's all about You, all about You, Jesus.

I'll bring You more than a song, for a song in its self, is not what You have desired,
You search much deeper within from the way things appear, You're looking into my heart.

I'm coming back to the heart of worship,
Cause it's all about You, all about You Jesus.
I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it,
When it's all about You, all about You, Jesus.

Those lyrics provide some deep food for thought. They make us thing about what worship is and what it is not. They contrast what we might want in worship and what God desires. They make the point that worship may be more than what we may often think. I want to explore those thoughts tonight as we move on to our next book in our Journey through the Bible.

Background: 1 Chronicles is an interesting book because it is so much like 2 Samuel, yet different. Let's put it in context by reviewing for a second. The history of the Old Testament could be outlined in the following periods:

1) The Patriarchs
2) The Creation of the Nation of Israel
3) The Conquest and Settling of the Promised Land
4) The Kingdom of Israel
5) The Division of the Kingdom
6) The Exile
7) The Return from Exile.

The Old Testament library divides into four major sections: Law, History, Poetry/Wisdom, and Prophets. These 39 books however are not organized in historical order. The chronology is pretty much intact from Genesis-2 Kings. 1 and 2 Chronicles then repeats 2 Samuel through 2 Kings. Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther then pretty much pick up the chronology again. The remainder of the books (Job-Malachi) all fit back into the chronology of the earlier books.

1 Chronicles covers the life of David, as does 2 Samuel. Therefore it fits into the period of the Kingdom of Israel. David was the second of the three kings before civil war divided the nation: Saul, David, and David's son-Solomon.

The fact that 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles cover the same historical period though with different emphases poses some interesting questions for Bible students. Why two lives of David? Why the similarities and why the differences? The general answer given by Bible scholars is that 1 Chronicles was written perhaps by Ezra after the exile. The writer reviews the history of the Judah (the northern nation for all practical purposes had ceased to exist) for the benefit of those returning to resettle and rebuild the nation after seventy years of captivity. Theirs was a big job. The books ...


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