Reading, Reflection & Prayer: Tue, 15 Aug – 1 Chronicles 5-9 ~ beloved and blessed

Reading, Reflection & Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening(Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Please Read: 1 Chronicles 5-9 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

The First-born’s Birthright

1 Chronicles 5:1-2 (NLT) –  The oldest son of Israel was Reuben. But since he dishonored his father by sleeping with one of his father’s concubines, his birthright was given to the sons of his brother Joseph. For this reason, Reuben is not listed in the genealogical records as the firstborn son. The descendants of Judah became the most powerful tribe and provided a ruler for the nation, but the birthright belonged to Joseph.

The Musicians

1 Chronicles 6:31-32 (NLT)David assigned the following men to lead the music at the house of the Lord after the Ark was placed there. They ministered with music at the Tabernacle[m] until Solomon built the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. They carried out their work, following all the regulations handed down to them.

The Priests

1 Chronicles 6:49 (NLT)Only Aaron and his descendants served as priests. They presented the offerings on the altar of burnt offering and the altar of incense, and they performed all the other duties related to the Most Holy Place. They made atonement for Israel by doing everything that Moses, the servant of God, had commanded them.

The Returning Exiles

1 Chronicles 9:1-3 (NLT)The people of Judah were exiled to Babylon because they were unfaithful to the Lord. The first of the exiles to return to their property in their former towns were priests, Levites, Temple servants, and other Israelites. Some of the people from the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh came and settled in Jerusalem.

The Gatekeepers

1 Chronicles 9:22-23 (NLT)In all, there were 212 gatekeepers in those days, and they were listed according to the genealogies in their villages. David and Samuel the seer had appointed their ancestors because they were reliable men. These gatekeepers and their descendants, by their divisions, were responsible for guarding the entrance to the house of the Lord when that house was a tent.

Matthew 17:4-6 (NLT)

Peter exclaimed, “Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.

Romans 8:29 (NLT)

For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

Heavenly Father: Your blessing to Israel was conditional based on obedience; and they paid dearly for their disobedience. Thank you for bestowing on us your unconditional blessing through faith and trust in your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.

+  Thank you for the inheritance of new life we have received through Jesus, the first-born of your new creation.

+ Thank you for judging us both guilty and forgiven through Jesus, our appointed Judge and our Savior.

+ Thank you for offering us your mercy and help when we need it most through Jesus, our great High Priest.

Heavenly Father: Receive our worship and praise in spirit and in truth through Jesus Christ our Lord.

+ Give us new songs to sing of your loving-kindness that many will see what you have done for us and put their trust in you.

+ Fill us with your Spirit that we may sing and continually make music to you in our hearts.

+ Fix our minds on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable that we may continually give thanks for your goodness to us.

Heavenly Father: Thank you for making us full participants in the inheritance of the saints in your Kingdom of light, with all the blessings and benefits reserved for your children.

+ Guard the hearts of your children in Christ Jesus, and credit to us his perfect obedience.

+ We are your children; teach us how to live in a way that brings honor to your name.

+ Thank you for writing your Word of truth on our hearts; fill us with your life-giving Spirit that your truth may be applied and lived out in our lives.

Heavenly Father: You alone are worthy of our worship and praise; you have given us a priceless inheritance with the immeasurable blessings of your Kingdom through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Savior – who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 “Good, Good Father” – Jenn & Brian Johnson(Bethel Church)


Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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