“The Sin Unto Death” – One Year Bible Reading – July 10

Old Testament:  1 Chronicles 9:1-10:14

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1 Chronicles 9:1-10:14   Goin’ Back

Chapter nine begins, “So all Israel was enrolled by genealogies; and behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel. And Judah was carried away into exile to Babylon for their unfaithfulness.”  McGee believes the genealogies hung in the Temple for all to see.  When the Israelites went into captivity they took them with them and posted them again when they got back.  McGee believes the genealogies were on display in the days of Christ so the scribes or anyone else would have been able to check out Jesus’ family.  No one ever took exception with his pedigree as man.  They certainly had problems with His pedigree as God!  

After the Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 by the Romans, the genealogies were destroyed.  They were no longer necessary.  Paul points out, as we’ll see in the book of Romans (chap. 15), that all men have their origin in the first man, Adam.  Only those in Christ are related to the second man, Jesus.  So though we all theoretically could have our lineage traced through one of Noah’s three sons, the only genealogy that really counts is the one that traces back to Jesus.  That genealogy is entered into by faith in Christ.  Those that are of that line go to Heaven.  Those that trace themselves only to Adam, do not.

1 Chronicles 10:1-14  The Sin Unto Death

Since Chronicles fills in what is missing in Kings and the Samuels, after the genealogies, we are told about the death of Saul.  All the rest of the Chronicles are about David or his family.  The reason is that Chronicles tell Israel’s history from God’s point of view.  Apparently, the main event in Saul’s life was his death.

In the beginning of chapter ten we find out who killed Saul.  It appeared that Saul committed suicide after being fatally wounded from the account in Kings (1 Sam. 31:1-5).  There was a contrary account from an Amalekite soldier who claimed to have killed Saul (2 Sam. 1:1-16).  The account in Chronicles tells us definitively who killed Saul.  It was Yahweh.  Verse 14 states that He, Yahweh, killed him because he was disobedient (v. 13) and asked advice of a witch instead of  the Lord (v. 14).

Perhaps, we take things like ouija boards, astrology, palm-reading, Wiccanism and the like, too lightly in our day.  God took the life of Israel’s first king for consulting a witch.  The penalty in the Old Testament was death (Lev. 20:27).  Of course, God reserves the right to take a Christian today who is not walking in His ways.  It is called “the sin unto death” or “sin that leads to death” (1 John 5:16, 17; James 5:19, 20; 1 Cor. 11:30).

New Testament:  Acts 27:21-44

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Acts 27:21-44    No Jumping Ship

Paul begins his voyage as a prisoner-passenger but now he looks to be their principal.  He knows that they will all be saved from the storm because an angel appeared to him and told him.

After the fourteenth night, they made some measurements and ascertained they may be running aground, destroying the ship.  Some of the men, were going to steal a lifeboat and try to get away.  Paul told the centurion to make sure the men stayed onboard or they wouldn’t be saved.

Paul tried to get everyone to eat saying they’d need their energy for what lay ahead.  Paul said “grace” and distributed some lunch for everyone which lifted their spirits.  There were 276 people on the boat.  After lunch, they threw the wheat out into the sea to lighten the ship.

The sun came up but they still couldn’t recognize any land but they did observe a beach and decided to head for it.  They ran the boat aground so the soldiers were going to kill the prisoners but the commander wouldn’t allow it since he wanted to save Paul.  So all swam ashore and not one died just as Paul had prophesied.

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