On May 16, 2012, our Bible Study will look at 1 Chronicles, which shows how the same story can be written so differently based on the perspective and motives of the writers. In 1 Chronicles, King David is the key figure in life of Israel.
Remember: THREE-A-DAY IS THE EASIET WAY! There are 1,189 Chapters in the Bible and to read the whole Bible in 52 Weeks, one must read an average of 3.25 Chapters every day!
We are now in week eighteen and see in 1 Chronicles that some of the ugly details of King David’s reign over Israel are missing. This was done in large part because the writer of Chronicles wanted to exalt David. Also we read the important details on how David helped to prepare for the building of the Temple.
Please read prayerfully and carefully the assigned chapter and answer these questions that we will discuss in our session on Wednesday:
1. What does the name Chronicles mean in 1 and 2 Chronicles? Why do you think these two books were written?
2. There is one person mentioned in the first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles that was the subject of a book by Dr. Bruce Wilkinson that became a runaway best seller a few years ago. Who is that person and what is the name of the book about him? Where do you find that person in 1 Chronicles?
3. Who were the three main musicians that King David put in charge of the music in the tabernacle after the Ark of God was placed there? Where do you find them listed in 1 Chronicles? Do you know which one became a famous singer and psalmist?
4. Can you name the four gatekeepers appointed from the Levites to open, close and guard the temple gates? Why was their job so important?
5. When King David decided to march to Jerusalem, how did Joab become commander-in-chief?
6. King David’s inner circle of leaders and heroes included those called the “The Three Mighty Men” who were the leaders and warriors along with Joab. Can you name the Three Mighty Men? In which verses do you find their names?
7. What happened to Uzzah as the Ark was being carried to Jerusalem? Why do you think this tragedy happened? In which verses do you find this story?
8. In 1 Chronicles 16:7-36 King David sang a beautiful psalm of thanksgiving which included parts of three psalms from the Book of Psalms. Which three psalms, from the Book of Psalms, did King David use to compose this psalm in 1 Chronicles 16:7-36?
9. Where in 2 Samuel do we find the almost identical prayer from King David as he prays in 1 Chronicles 17:16-27?
10. At the beginning of Chapter 20 we find David at home in Jerusalem but the sinful ways of King David that are detailed in 2 Samuel are missing from 1 Chronicles. What evil actions of King David are conspicuously absent in 1 Chronicles 20:1-3?
11. The name “angel of the LORD” is used a few times in 1 Chronicles 21:16-30. Who do you think the “angel of the LORD” was in these verses?
12. After King David finished the preparations for building the Temple in 1 Chronicles 22, he sent for his son Solomon and explained why Solomon would build the Temple instead of David. What reason did David give Solomon as why the LORD would not let David build the Temple but would give that privilege and responsibility to Solomon?
13. How was the reason given by the writer of 1 Chronicles for why the LORD did not allow David to build the Temple different than the reason King Solomon gave in 1 Kings?
14. What were the instructions David gave to the officials of Israel about the plans for the Temple in 1 Chronicles 28?
15. In 1 Chronicles 29 King David gave the requirements needed for church members to build a sanctuary for God. What were those basic but necessary requirements?
16. King David’s great prayer in 1 Chronicles Chapter 29 was the basis for a great offertory response of the church. What is that response and which verses in Chapter 29 do they come from?
Why do you think the writer of 1 Chronicles omitted some of the worst details of David’s life including his affair with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah?
What do you think the LORD was saying about bloodshed by His people and why it was not acceptable?