Day 214 of the One Year Audio Bible Experience. King David battles the Philistines. Romans 15: Paul's gift to share the Good News.
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1 Chronicles 12:23-40
1 Chronicles 13
1 Chronicles 14
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1 Chronicles 12:23-40
Other Men Join David at Hebron
23 These are the numbers of the men who came to David at the town of Hebron. These men were ready for battle. They came to give Saul’s kingdom to David. That is what the LORD said would happen. This is their number:
24 From the tribe of Judah there were 6800 men ready for battle. They carried shields and spears.
25 From the tribe of Simeon there were 7100 men. They were brave soldiers ready for battle.
26 From the tribe of Levi there were 4600 men. 27 Jehoiada was in that group. He was a leader from Aaron’s family. There were 3700 men with Jehoiada. 28 Zadok was also in that group. He was a brave young soldier. He came with 22 officers from his family.
29 From the tribe of Benjamin there were 3000 men. They were Saul’s relatives. Most of them had stayed faithful to Saul’s family until then.
30 From the tribe of Ephraim there were
20,800 men. They were brave soldiers. They were famous men in their own families.
31 From half the tribe of Manasseh there
were 18,000 men. They were called by name to come and make David king.
32 From the family of Issachar there were
200 wise leaders. These men could see clearly what was happening at the time and what Israel should do. Their relatives were with them and under their command.
33 From the tribe of Zebulun there were 50,000 trained soldiers. They were trained to use all kinds of weapons and were very loyal to David.
34 From the tribe of Naphtali there were
1000 officers. They had 37,000 men with them. These men carried shields and spears.
35 From the tribe of Dan there were
28,600 men ready for battle.
36 From the tribe of Asher there were 40,000 trained soldiers ready for battle.
37 From the east side of the Jordan River, there were 120,000 men from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of Manasseh. They had all kinds of weapons. 38 All these men were brave fighters. They came to the town of Hebron for one reason—to make David king of all Israel. And all the other Israelites agreed that David should be king. 39 The men spent three days at Hebron with David. They ate and drank because their relatives had prepared food for them. 40 Also, their neighbors from the ar- eas where the tribes of Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali live brought food on donkeys, camels, mules and cattle. They brought large amounts of flour, fig cakes, raisins, wine, oil, cattle, and sheep. The people in Israel were very happy.
1 Chronicles 13
Bringing Back the Box of the Agreement
David talked with all the officers of his army, the commanders and captains. 2 Then he called the Israelites together and said, “If you think it is a good idea, and if it is what the LORD our God wants, let us send a message to our people in all the areas of Israel. Let’s also send the message to the priests and Levites who live with our people in their towns and the fields near those towns. Let the message tell them to come and join us. 3 Let’s bring our God’s Holy Box back to us in Jerusalem. We did not pay attention to it while Saul was king.” 4 So all the Israelites agreed with David. They all thought it was the right thing to do.
5 So David gathered all the Israelites from the Shihor River in Egypt to the town of Lebo Hamath. They came together to bring the Box of the Agreement back from the town of Kiriath Jearim. 6 David and all the Israelites with him went to Baalah of Judah. (Baalah is an- other name for Kiriath Jearim.) They went there to get the Holy Box of God the LORD. He is the one who sits as king above the winged creatures that are on the Box, which is called by his name.
7 The people moved God’s Holy Box from Abinadab’s house and put it on a new cart. Uzzah and Ahio were guiding the cart.
8 David and all the Israelites were dancing with all their might to please God. They were singing songs and playing harps, lyres, drums, cymbals and trumpets.
9 When they came to Kidon’s threshing floor, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out and took hold of the Holy Box to keep it from falling. 10 The LORD became angry with Uzzah and struck him dead because he had touched the Holy Box. So Uzzah died there before God. 11 And David was angry because the LORD had killed Uzzah in anger. So that place has been called “Perez Uzzah”* ever since then.
12 That day David began to fear what God might do to him. So he said, “Should I really be the one in charge of God’s Holy Box?” 13 So he did not take the Holy Box with him to the City of David. He left it at the house of Obed-Edom, who was from the city of Gath. 14 God’s Holy Box stayed at the house of Obed-Edom for three months, and the LORD blessed Obed-Edom’s family and everything he owned.
1 Chronicles 14
David’s Kingdom Grows
Hiram was king of the city of Tyre. He sent messengers to David. He also sent cedar logs, stone- cutters and carpenters to David. Hiram sent them to build a house for David. 2 Then David knew that the LORD had really made him king of Israel. And he had made his kingdom large and powerful for the good of his people Israel.
3 David married more women in the city of Jerusalem and had more sons and daughters. 4 These are the names of David’s children born in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5 Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6 No- gah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7 Elishama, Beeliada and Eliphelet.
David Defeats the Philistines
8 When the Philistines heard that the Israelites had anointed David to be the king of Israel, they sent their whole army up to capture him. But David heard about it and went out to fight them. 9 When the Philistines arrived, they attacked the people living in the Valley of Rephaim and stole their things. 10 David asked God, “Should I go and fight the Philistines? Will you help me defeat them?”
The LORD answered David, “Go! I will make sure you defeat them.”
11 Then David and his men went up to Baal Perazim and defeated the Philistines there. He said, “The LORD used me to break through my enemies like water breaking through a dam.” David named that place Baal Perazim because it means, “The LORD breaks through.” 12 The Philistines left their idols behind at Baal Perazim, and David ordered his men to burn them.
Another Victory Over the Philistines
13 Once again the Philistines attacked the people living in the Valley of Rephaim. 14 David prayed to God again and got this answer: “Don’t go up the valley. Go around behind and attack them from the balsam trees. 15 When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, go out and attack them. That is the sign that God has gone out in front of you to defeat the Philistines.”
16 David did what God told him to do. So David and his men defeated the Philistine army. They chased them from Gibeon to Gezer, killing them all along the way.
17 So David became famous in every land. The LORD made all the nations afraid of him.
Paul Talks About His Work
14 My brothers and sisters, I know without a doubt that you are full of goodness and have all the knowledge you need. So you are certainly able to counsel each other. 15 But I have writ- ten to you very openly about some things that I want you to remember. I did this because God gave me this special gift: 16 to be a servant of Christ Jesus for those who are not Jews. I serve like a priest whose duty it is to tell God’s Good News. He gave me this work so that you non- Jewish people could be an offering that he will accept—an offering made holy by the Holy Spirit.
17 That is why I feel so good about all that has been done for God because I belong to Christ Jesus. 18 I will not talk about anything I did myself. I will talk only about what Christ has done through me in leading the non- Jewish people to obedience. He worked through what I have said and done. 19 He worked through the power of miraculous signs and wonders, through the power of God’s Spirit. The result is that I have told people the Good News about Christ from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum. And so I have finished that part of my work. 20 I always want to tell the Good News in places where people have never heard of Christ. I do this because I don’t want to build on the work that someone else has already started. 21 As the Scriptures say,
“Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard about him will understand.”
Paul’s Plan to Visit Rome
22 That work has kept me busy and so many times has prevented me from coming to see you.
23 For many years I have wanted to
visit you, and now I have finished my work in these areas. 24 So I will visit you when I go to Spain. Yes, I plan to travel to Spain and hope to visit you on my way. I will stay a while and enjoy being with you. Then I hope you can help me continue on my trip.
25 Now I am going to Jerusalem to help God’s people there. 26 Some of them are poor, and the believers in Macedonia and Achaia wanted to help them. So they gathered some money to send them. 27 They were happy to do this. And it was like paying something they owed them, because as non-Jews they have been blessed spiritually by the Jews. So now they should use the material blessings they have to help the Jews. 28 I am going to Jerusalem to make sure the poor get this money that has been given for them.
After I finish that, I will leave for Spain and stop to visit you on the way. 29 And I know that when I visit you, I will come with all the blessings that Christ gives.
30 Brothers and sisters, I beg you to help me in my work by praying to God for me. Do this because of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love that the Spirit gives us. 31 Pray that I will be saved from those in Judea who refuse to accept our message. And pray that this help I am taking to Jerusalem will please God’s people there. 32 That would make my trip there to see you a happy one, if that’s what God wants. And we can then enjoy an encouraging time together. 33 The
God who gives peace be with you all. Amen.
A prayer of Moses, the man of God.
Lord, you have been our home
since the time of our first ancestors.
2 You were God before the mountains
before you gave birth to the earth and the whole universe.
You have always been and will always be God!
3 You bring people into this world,
and you change them into dust again.
4 To you, a thousand years is like yesterday,
like a few hours in the night
5 You end our lives like a passing dream.
We are like the grass that appears in the morning.
6 In the morning it looks so fresh and new,
but by evening it is dry and dying.
7 When you are angry, we are terrified. We know that your anger can destroy us! 8 You know all the wrong things we do. You see even the sins we think are secret. 9 Your anger can end our life.
We are here no longer than a brief moan.
10 We live for about 70 years or, if we are strong, 80 years.
But most of them are filled with hard work and pain.
Then, suddenly, the years are gone, and we fly away.
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