1 Chronicles 28

* David exhorts the people to the fear of the Lord. (1-10) He

gives instructions for the temple. (11-21)

1-10 During David's last sickness, many chief priests and

Levites were at Jerusalem. Finding himself able, David spoke of

his purpose to build a temple for God, and of God's disallowing

that purpose. He opened to them God's gracious purposes

concerning Solomon. David charged them to cleave stedfastly to

God and their duty. We cannot do our work as we should, unless

we put on resolution, and fetch in strength from Divine grace.

Religion or piety has two distinct parts. The first is knowledge

of God, the second is worship of God. David says, Know thou the

God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and a

willing mind. God is made known by his works and word.

Revelation alone shows the whole character of God, in his

providence, his holy law, his condemnation of sinners, his

blessed gospel, and the ministration of the Spirit to all true

believers. The natural man cannot receive this knowledge of God.

But thus we learn the value of the Saviour's atonement, and of

the sanctification of the Holy Spirit, and are influenced to

walk in all his commandments. It brings a sinner to his proper

place at the foot of the cross, as a poor, guilty, helpless

worm, deserving wrath, yet expecting every thing needful from

the free mercy and grace of God our Father, and the Lord Jesus

Christ. Having been forgiven much, the pardoned sinner learns to

love 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 everlasting

temple; all are framed according to the Divine counsels, and the

plan laid in the Divine wisdom, ordained before the world, for

God's glory and our good. David gave this pattern to Solomon,

that he might go by rule. Materials were provided for the most

costly utensils of the temple. Directions were given which way

to look for help in this great undertaking. Be not dismayed; God

will 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 them

through the services of their day, will, in like manner, never

leave us, while he has any work to do in us, or by us. Good work

is likely to go on, when all concerned are hearty in furthering

it. Let us hope in God's mercy; if we seek him, he will be found

of us.

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