Reading Chronicles in the old testament is more than just a laundry list of names of fathers and sons, heritages and genealogies. Reading the section (chapters 11 and 12) about King David and his gifted warrior followers is as if Jesus is reading the descriptions of each of His bubblegum baseball warrior pack edition cards… Jesus wrote the cards, the HIStories, and kept His cards hidden protected and safe. Jesus knew how to stack the deck for David. This deal of His Plan was not from cards up His sleeve but of those held close to His heart.
David loved His Lord and was loved by his people as a shepherd. David, promised by the Lord to be made King of Israel, was also made into a House, a line of descendants promise including Jesus in flesh. No wonder Jesus held and never traded away any of these cards.
We too are held by the Lord and dealt into life scenarios. Our challenges overcome by God are recorded and we should give Him credit for His Victories. We should compare notes on our saves rather than our failures. Sometimes He shuffles the deck and reshuffles, and we need to trust His deal, even when we can’t understand why we are where we are. God knows how the cards fall, we should follow suit. He knows how to bring JOY to Himself in our gathering with Him.
Everyone loves a good leader, respects a coach, wants to trust the King. With David, the Lord set him up for success. If David drifted, the Lord took him back into His Hand. He drifted and we drift. The Lord kept His promise to keep His House, in and from the earthly house of David. What the Lord builds, stands. It’s not a house of cards, ready to fall, but solidly kept with the Lord, it’s a house of us all.
With Jesus our ultimate King, THE Lord, our Lord, we can be sure He DOES hold all our cards in His Hand.
1st Chronicles 11-12 (beginning and end bracketing of scriptures):
All Israel came together to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, even while Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the Lord your God said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’”
When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, he made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel, as the Lord had promised through Samuel.
David Conquers Jerusalem
David and all the Israelites marched to Jerusalem (that is, Jebus). The Jebusites who lived there said to David, “You will not get in here.” Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David.
All these were fighting men who volunteered to serve in the ranks. They came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel. All the rest of the Israelites were also of one mind to make David king. The men spent three days there with David, eating and drinking, for their families had supplied provisions for them. Also, their neighbors from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali came bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen. There were plentiful supplies of flour, fig cakes, raisin cakes, wine, olive oil, cattle and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.
1 Chronicles 11-12 NIV;KJV – David Becomes King Over Israel link:https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+11-12&version=NIV;KJV