1 Chronicles 28* David exhorts the people to the fear of the Lord. (1-10) Hegives instructions for the temple. (11-21)1-10 During David's last sickness, many chief priests andLevites were at Jerusalem. Finding himself able, David spoke ofhis purpose to build a temple for God, and of God's disallowingthat purpose. He opened to them God's gracious purposesconcerning Solomon. David charged them to cleave stedfastly toGod and their duty. We cannot do our work as we should, unlesswe put on resolution, and fetch in strength from Divine grace.Religion or piety has two distinct parts. The first is knowledgeof God, the second is worship of God. David says, Know thou theGod of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and awilling mind. God is made known by his works and word.Revelation alone shows the whole character of God, in hisprovidence, his holy law, his condemnation of sinners, hisblessed gospel, and the ministration of the Spirit to all truebelievers. The natural man cannot receive this knowledge of God.But thus we learn the value of the Saviour's atonement, and ofthe sanctification of the Holy Spirit, and are influenced towalk in all his commandments. It brings a sinner to his properplace at the foot of the cross, as a poor, guilty, helplessworm, deserving wrath, yet expecting every thing needful fromthe free mercy and grace of God our Father, and the Lord JesusChrist. Having been forgiven much, the pardoned sinner learns tolove much. 11-21 The temple must be a sacred thing, and a type of Christ;it must be framed by Divine teaching. Christ is the true temple,the church is the gospel temple, and heaven the everlastingtemple; all are framed according to the Divine counsels, and theplan laid in the Divine wisdom, ordained before the world, forGod's glory and our good. David gave this pattern to Solomon,that he might go by rule. Materials were provided for the mostcostly utensils of the temple. Directions were given which wayto look for help in this great undertaking. Be not dismayed; Godwill help thee, and thou must look up to him in the first place.We may be sure that God, who owned our fathers, and carried themthrough the services of their day, will, in like manner, neverleave us, while he has any work to do in us, or by us. Good workis likely to go on, when all concerned are hearty in furtheringit. Let us hope in God's mercy; if we seek him, he will be foundof us.
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