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Tuesday, June 18th, 2024
the Week of Proper 6 / Ordinary 11
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Bible Commentaries
1 Chronicles 28

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole BibleMorgan's Exposition

Verses 1-21

Here begins the final charge of the greatest of the Hebrew kings to his son Solomon, and to the princes and captains and mighty men of the nation. He first made an impressive declaration of his recognition of the government of God in his own appointment to kingship, and that of his son. This, however, was but the background against which he made the declaration which was nearest his heart concerning the house of God. What evidently gave him unqualified satisfaction was that it was to be built. His rejection as builder and Solomon's appointment, were matters of minor importance.

Therein is seen the deepest stratum in his make-up, that which had compelled even his sins to his ultimate making. Out of this conviction came his charge to his son on the principles which were to govern him in the future. The charge was twofold, "Know God," and "Serve God." This was followed by a promise and a warning equally clear and forceful, "Seek Him, and He will be found of thee." "Forsake Him, He will cast thee off for ever." And again the Temple was uppermost in David's thinking, more important to his heart than the welfare of his son. "Take heed now; for the Lord hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it."

After the charge David solemnly gave to Solomon the pattern of the house in all its details, ending with the tender assurance that in his obedience Solomon would have the presence of God and the help of willing men. Solomon entered on his reign and work with the highest and best advantages.

Bibliographical Information
Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on 1 Chronicles 28". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gcm/1-chronicles-28.html. 1857-84.
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