1 Chronicles 9: 1—10: 14
The book is transitioning to narrative with the close of the genealogies in this section. Also, after the Exile, the focus is really on the tribe of Judah, (including the tribes of Benjamin, Ephraim and Manasseh). This is because instead of inhabiting the whole Land that was promised to them, Israel will be doing good just to keep hold of Jerusalem.
The narrative starts with the death of Saul. We also get clarification on why the judgement from God that came down on Saul. It says he was unfaithful to the Lord and even consulted a medium instead of asking God for guidance. This is the conclusion we came to when we read this story in 1 Samuel, but it is good to know exactly what happened. We know about Saul’s death at the hands of the Philistines and that they hung his body on a wall. New information is that they hung his head in the temple of Dagon. Gross!
Acts 27: 21-44
As we said yesterday, at this point in Acts the message and messengers have been authenticated and the process of living out this truth and commission is illustrated here in Paul’s journey to Rome. But our God is fully loving and will encourage us when we lose sight of the plan. I love how I Paul says, “I believe God.” It is so simple. Have courage and believe God. That should be our mantra. I also love how Paul says to the people trying to get in the life boat, basically, I am the only reason you are alive right now. God is getting me to Rome and if you get off this boat and leave me, you will die.
Honestly at this point all I can think about is how sea sick they all are. I got sea sick yesterday on a tube ride here at Schlitterbahn and I really don’t think there is a worse feeling, besides maybe morning sickness. It beats you down, saps your strength so you can’t eat, and makes you weak. But Paul makes them all eat. He breaks bread and does the one thing most of us forget to do when we are struggling, he thanks God. That is truly “believing God.” When we get to the point in our maturity that we can thank Him not just for saving us from trouble, but for the trouble itself. Because remember, what Paul learns in the suffering he goes through causes him to write basically most of the instructions for the Christian life. When trouble comes we have to ask ourselves, “What will I learn from this that will help me understand God more?”