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In the final chapter of 1 Chronicles, David makes final preparations for the temple and the handing over of the kingship to Solomon. David speaks to the assembly and tells them that because of Solomon’s inexperience, he has undertaken to do all that he could to prepare the temple (v. 1). Moreover, on account of his “delight in the house of my God,” David gives of his own personal treasure to the preparation for the temple (v. 3). David then calls upon others to consecrate themselves and give likewise (v. 5). The Chronicler points out that the people rejoice and give freely “because of their leaders’ willingness to give,” both David and the leaders of the households (v. 9). David’s word, however, once again put the emphasis on God and not man: “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? For everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your own hand” (v. 14). David rightly identifies that all the gold and silver and other gifts that he and the people are offering for the Lord’s house was given by God already. The Chronicler thus brings David’s reign to a close with an important reminder that we bring nothing to God (except our sin) that He has not already given to us. It is with this remembrance of God’s gifts and His provision that David then anoints Solomon as king in his place (v. 22b-25). This message matches closely with what the Chronicler has already emphasized in the early narratives of David’s reign (chs. 11-15) that it was not David’s strength, but rather God’s, that brought victory. One can almost hear the echo of James’ words in the New Testament, that every good and perfect gift comes from above.

Audio Sermon: “Giving Freely”–1 Chronicles 29 (Jay Todd)

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