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ISRAEL IS IN THEIR FIRST WAR IN 50 YEARS: Are we living in the End Times?
By Steven Garofalo, November 15, 2023 (Copyright, Steven Garofalo, 2023)
November 15, 2023


Israel is in the first all out war in 50 years. This is a big one, but is it the End Times and Tribulation Period? It depends on what you mean by End Times. We are definitely getting closer to the "Return of Christ" for sure, but in my estimation, I don’t that we are in the official or literal “End Times” meaning the “Tribulation”. Why do I believe that?

FIRST: We cannot be “IN” in Tribulation due to the fact that the church has not been Raptured. SECONDLY: as Thomas D. Ice, at Liberty University wrote in an article entitled, “WHY THE BIBLE STILL PROHIBITS DATE SETTING” published May of 2009, he writes that throughout church history there has been an amazing amount of date-setting. About every two years there is usually someone who makes headlines proclaiming that they know the date of the Second Coming or the Rapture. This often comes from an AMILLENNIAL COVENANT theology framework. 

Amillennialism is one of four views of the end times regarding the 1,000-year reign of Christ. Each of the four views differs in the placement, or the timing, of the 1,000-year reign mentioned in Revelation 20. In a nutshell, an amillennialist sees the 1,000 years as spiritual and non-literal, as opposed to a physical understanding of history. The millennium as “realized,” or better explained as “millennium now.” To simplify, amillennialism sees the first coming of Christ as the inauguration of the kingdom, and His return as the consummation of the kingdom. John’s mention of 1,000 years thus points to all things that would happen in the church age. Furthermore, the amil position sees the book of Revelation as having numerous “camera angle” approaches. For instance, chapter 19 ends with Christ returning to destroy His enemies, making chapter 20 difficult to understand in that enemies arise to attack Him again (what enemies are these, if they’ve already been destroyed?). However, if we see chapter 20 as a different “angle” for the end of the age, then the 1,000-year reign isn’t necessarily physical/earthly history, but symbolic. It speaks of the spiritual realm. John is giving a “replay” of what he saw.

Thomas Ice wrote that there are at least SIX PASSAGES (eight if parallel passages are included) specially warning believers against date-setting. Yet down through the ages, Christians are still fascinated by trying to predict the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The Verses Ice notes are: Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father Alone. Other verses include (Mark 13:32, Matthew 24:42; 44, Matthew 25:13, Mark 13:33-37, Acts 1:7 and 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2).

APPLICATION: All this being said, I believe there are a number of things we CAN and SHOULD do for Israel. We can and should pray for them, support them, and ask God for a hedge of protection for them while using this to lead the Jewish nation to Christ. That will for sure signal the End Times. Today, I want to focus on two simple things we ought not do in light of Israel and the war:

FIRST: Let’s not get wrapped up in trying to figure out when Jesus will return. The Bible tells us this is a distraction for what He called us to do “today” in Matthew 28. We are to be leading people to Christ, making disciples throughout the entire earth. We certainly can use this tragedy for the good in Christ to the lost world, including sharing Christ with our Jewish friends. If we are calling the events of old times like a ball-game, we are using our limited time and resources in efficiently-if not wrongly. Let’s focus our efforts and energy on leading others (especially our Jewish friends) to Christ and making Christ centered disciples instead of worrying about what God tell’s we cannot know.

SECOND: Let’s not get so gripped by fear and afraid that we become paralyzed. It’s just life in the temporal and this war is will also one day come to an end. As for when the official “End Times” are in motion and Jesus is ready to return, that’s the Father’s business. I don’t see us as believers in Christ living in or through the End Times from a biblical perspective at all. The preterits do this. What is Preterism? Full preterism teaches that ALL biblical prophecy has been fulfilled, including: The second coming of Christ, Satan and the Antichrist being thrown into the lake of fire, the resurrection of the dead, and the full arrival of the kingdom of God.

Many folks who get overly wrapped up in the effort of calling End Times risk becoming partial preterists. Some are even OK with that. This means they believe that either most if not all biblical prophesy has been fulfilled and that we are actually “at the start point” if not the “early stages” of the End Times. Let’s avoid being that and focus more on doing what God has called us to do in the present and leave the End Times to God. Christendom is in the condition it’s in today due to the fact that so many of us in America and the West have gotten off track with other distractions. We tend to gravitate towards distractions I believe because they keep us from God’s Word and commands-and we all know where those distractions come from.

WRAPPING UP: Ice writes that while date-setting is prohibited in God’s Word, he believes that it is valid to realize that God is setting the stage for His great end-time program. The RAPTURE is a sign less event, thus it is impossible to identify any signs that include the nearness of the Rapture. This is the reason as to why all attempts to date the Raptures have had to wrongly resort to an application of passages relating to God’s plan for Israel to the church. An example of a misuse of Scripture would be those who say Israel’s feasts (i.e. Rosy HaShannah) relate to dating the Rapture. However, since the Bible outlines a clear scenario of players, events and nations involved in the end-time tribulation, we can see God’s preparation for the final seven years of Daniel’s seventy weeks of Israel. 

In the end, we cannot know for certain that we are the last generation before the Raptures since God may choose to “stage set” for another 100 years or longer. Dr. John F. Walvoord correctly says, “THERE IS NO SCRIPTURAL GROUND FOR SETTING DATES FOR THE LORD’S RETURN OR TEH END OF THE WORLD…AS STUDENTS OF TEH BIBLE OBSERVE PROPER INTERPRETATION PRINCIPLES, THEY ARE BECOMING INCREASING AWARE OF A REMARKABLE CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE OBVIOUS TREND OF WORLD EVENTS AND WHAT THE BIBLE PREDICTED CENTURIES AGO” (He wrote that in his book, “ARMAGEDDON, Oil and the Middle Eat Crisis, by Zondervan, last printed 1990, pages 21-22.

IN CONCLUSION: TODAY, you and I can and should pray for and support Israel. We should be asking God for a hedge of protection for Israel while using this opportunity to help us lead our Jewish friends and the Jewish nation in whole to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That will for sure signal the End Times. WHERE CAN YOU AND START? Let’s stay in God’s Word TODAY and seek His will daily, and leave the End Times up to Him. Let’s remember er the words of Matthew 6:34 which says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. You have a mission to do for the Kingdom of God. I challenge you to focus on getting that mission completed and leave the Return of Christ and Great Tribulation timing to God.

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As human beings, we tend to want to demolish our enemies. This can be good or bad depending on who we deem our enemy.

Today I want to show you through 1 Peter how you can silence the secular enemy and authorities of this world by simply setting an good example through how you live your life, your speech and living out the Christian duty using Scripture. You and I can win the battle without engaging in verbal, informational or even physical warfare if we follow God’s formula so let’s get started.

The Book of 1 Peter, chapter 2:11 through chapter 4:11-12, sets forth the duties of the Christians in our secular world. In verse 11, Peter sets the theme, saying, “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation”.

In this short passage, Peter gives us God’s formula as to how you and I can silence the secular enemy and central authorities of this world by simply setting a good-godly example in how we live our life, our speech, and our Christian duty using Scripture. Let’s break down verse 11 and see exactly what Peter is telling us.

  1. Peter says that as followers of Jesus Christ, we are SOJOURNERS and EXILES: In other words, we as believers are not citizens of this world, but of God’s kingdom in heaven as followers of Jesus Christ. As such…
  2. We are to ABSTAIN from the worldly PASSIONS of the FLESH. This ranges from drugs to greed, an obsession with recreation to a love of materialistic things. From coveting one home to their wife or husband. And the list goes on.
  3. WHY ARE WE TO DENY OURSELVES SUCH PLEASURE? Because such passions of the flesh wage war against our souls. Once in Christ, our soul is in God’s hand through His word and Spirit and not the world.
  4. The END RESULT is that the Spirit of God will help us keep our conduct among the world honorable. God does grant us grace but we still have to be obedient to God in allowing the Spirit to help us keep our conduct pure. God’s Word the guide for us we are to use as our road map for what and how we are to live out the Christian duty-a life of purity and honor, often denying ourselves the sinful pleasures of this world.
  5. AS A RESULT of our doing this (however imperfect we may be), the non-believing, evil rulers of this world will be astounded if not silenced by our actions or lack thereof because of the “moral law” God put’s on all men and women’s hearts. We know that God put’s His laws on men and women’s hearts through Jeremiah 31 which says that “The LORD: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds” *speaking of His people). But the secular rulers are not God’s people? According to the Apostle Paul in Romans 2, God’s Moral Law is written on the hearts of all human beings, including non believers.

“For it is not the HEARERS of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles who do not have the law, by nature, do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secretes of men by Christ Jesus” (Romans 2:13-16 ESV).

So who are righteous before God? It’s the DOERS of the law. Anyone can be hearers of the law, but the doers are those who actually believe what they hear! When the evil world and secular leaders speak out against us, when we respond in a godly fashion they are often perplexed and sometimes silenced. WHY? Because they will “SEE” our good deeds which go against the grain of the secular culture, and in return “PUT TO SILENCE” (Vs.15) their very attack. Our actions and words should make our accusers speechless. Doing so can cause a muzzle effect to come over their mouths. This clarified true freedom-freedom from a sinful world. Peter goes on to say in 1 Peter...

"For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God” (1 Peter 2:15-16).

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HOW you and I ACT or REACT to the world and world leaders can shock the “IGNORANCE OF FOOLISH MEN”. 1 Peter 2:9 tells us that the world is totally in the dark (v.9) when it comes to recognizing the hand of God at work. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may be proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of the DARKNESS into his marvelous light”.

As a result, we, as human beings can and will spiritually demolish our enemies with the strength of Christ through the Holy Spirit. And this is how we can silence the secular enemy and authorities of this world-by simply setting an good example through how you live our life, guide our speech, act and react to the world, and simply live out the Christian duty using Scripture. You and I can win the battles God allows to come our way without engaging in verbal, informational or even physical warfare if we follow God’s formula. And this is God’s formula for silencing the enemy.


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By Steven Garofalo, December 4, 2023 (Copyright 2023)

Living in America, I find it very interesting how many Christians decide to support or not support a presidential candidate. Today, I am gong to make a few independent observations and look to 1 Samuel to shed some biblical wisdom for Christians on choosing their political leaders. Before we get started, ask that you ponder the question as to what the Bible says about choosing a human leader (President, king, Prime Minister and the like). Looking to the Bible, in 1 Samuel 10, we find God handing His people (the Israelites) what they asked for; a flawed, human king to rule them as opposed to God as King Himself being their King and Leader. God tells Samuel the prophet that the Israelites rejected Him (God) not Samuel personally in choosing a human king over King-God (1 Samuel 8:7). What really happened is that Israel chose to reject a “THEOCRACY” and instead, demanded that God give them a human king. We will look at 1 Samuel shortly, but first I want to share some of my own contemporary thoughts in relation to past and present:

FIRST: Like the Israelites, we (the church today) keep looking for a president/leader with unrealistic standards to be our earthly “king-provider” and "caretaker". To illustrate this, let’s rewind 1 Samuel, back to chapter 8 where we find the people refusing to select God himself as their King, and instead, demanding a “human” person to be their flawed, human king in 1 Samuel chapter 8, verse five to seven.

“...Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them” (1 Samuel 8:5b-7).

Zooming out in an effort to get the bigger picture we find sinful human beings (Israelites in this case) demanding flawed governmental leadership as opposed to God. But, in the 21st Century, we don’t live in a “THEOCRACY”? This begs the question in my eyes as to how we as Christians choose our leaders. It seems to me that we equate the demeander of a "statesman" with godliness. This is why many Christians would rather vote for a Mormon stateman who is relative in their morality but who denies the deity of Jesus Christ.

The answer is multi-faceted in that our sinful, human nature tends to lead us to want to be “taken care” of by their government instead of trusting God for our provision (daily bread). This is Christianity 101 in that Jesus Himself taught His disciples and all of us today how to pray, including praying to God for our daily provisions, “Give us this day our daily bread…” (Matthew 6:11).   This is a big deal in that Jesus himself is telling us to live this life which is full of needs challenges with a daily dependence on God for their needs. We see the same thing in the Old Testament with God providing the Israelites their daily food.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions (Exodus 16:4).

CNN wrote on November 7th of 2023 in an article titled, “MrBeast builds 100 wells in Africa, attracting praise - and some criticism” by Issy Ronald and Stephanie Basari. Who in their right mind would criticize MrBeast (the world’s most downloaded YouTuber) for helping provide clean water to 500,000 Africans with no access clean water? The article says, “…has spotlighted the failures of the Kenyan government…”. Darn Kaba Jones, founder and CEO of FACE Africa, an organization working to improve water infrastructure and sanitation in sub-Sharan Africa, told CNN: “I’ve been doing this for 15 years, but we’ve been struggling to continue the work because funding, awareness, and advocacy all take work”. And then she added, “overnight this person comes along, who happens to be a WHITE MALE future with a huge platform, and all of a sudden, he gets all the attention. IT’s kind of frustrating, but it’s also understanding the nature of how the world is”. Aspiring KENYAN POLITICIAN Francis Gasthof criticized MrBeast (Donald’s) video, saying on X that  it perpetuated the stereotype that Africa is “dependent on handouts…and philanthropic intervention”. The point is simple in that our leaders today, see themselves as gods who can dispense their favor, resources and provisions at will. Notice that the non-profit and the political leaders mentioned in this article are fairly well to do, well fed, and all have clean water themselves. A YouTube star comes in and all they can do is criticize what he did out of his own money and resources what they failed to do as their job and own responsibility. This is the flawed nature of human king over God King.

SECOND: Christians in our modern world (as was in biblical times) almost always have an unrealistic view of what a president “SHOULD”, “CAN and WILL BE”. This is the main issue for Americans in 2023 in my opinion. In REALITY, In order to reach the position of running for president, a candidate must be a person who is exceedingly cunning, shrewd, cut-throat, competitive, and willing to do things most Christians cannot stomach. While I agree that there are limits as to what a Christian ought to allow in their vote for president, the average Christian seems to support or not support a presidential candidate based on biblical standards that are unrealistic to running for the office of President; often according to their own made up likings or standards.

CASE AND POINT: The next time you sit around a table in your Bible study or with your friends in general, ask them who ought to be president and make a list as to WHY and WHY NOT. I can guarantee you that few if any will agree 100% on all points both good and bad. So, what is the standard? What is the expectation? That’s my point. It’s interesting that so many people are hung up on the fact that President Trump’s mouth disqualifies him from president. What is the clear/sharp biblical violation in how he speaks that is so egregious, that he ought not run for president? Most don’t understand that the media created that narrative as a mantra against President Trump. It’s clear to me that this is more of an emotional irritant than it is a biblical violation.

The point is that Americans in general, but Christians especially seem to have a dreamed up or unrealistic picture of who will make a good president/leader rather than what a presidential candidate’s track record. I submit that all Christians should look at a candidate’s track record and not depend on their campaign promises which are rarely if ever fulfilled properly if at all.

President Clinton had sex with his intern Monica Lewinsky and then lied about it in Federal Court. So, what is the standard of a good president? Is it Ronald Reagan? He was divorced and remarried. Ronald Reagan signed America’s first “No Fault Divorce” law in 1969 which enabled one spouse to get a divorce without the consent of-and over the objections of their partner. As a result, divorce exploded in America. That was a clear track record for all to see. To be clear, Ronald Reagan was an incredibly effective, conservative leader. He was one of the greatest leaders in America’s history and he was the first president that I voted for at 18 years of age. I didn’t know that he was for no-fault divorce at the time, but I most likely would have voted for him anyhow. Was his approach to divorce a major biblical issue? Yes. Did his approach to divorce cause me not to vote for him? No. Ronald Reagan was an imperfect man, as are all human leaders are.

Fast forward to our present time: President Trump was married twice before his current marriage-racking up being married three times. So what is the standard? Is one divorce to be allowed to vote for a person as our president? How about two divorces or even ten? Where in the Bible does it differentiate between the two, or state that being President mandates that one never have been divorced at all? Was King Solomon disqualified for having over 800 wives? Don’t get me wrong-we should hold all leaders, especially the president of the United States to biblical standards, but understand that all of them are fraud with sin. As Christians, we are left with voting for the candidate that best reflects and stand up for Christian values. President Trump ran against Hillary Clinton. Line each of them up side by side, listing the pros and cons as compared to their support of Christianity and living according to the Word of God. Neither are perfect for sure. Which one would say even supports Christianity to begin with? I will leave that for yourself to decide for yourself. Keep in mind that one’s track record on major (not minor issues) is an indicator of what a leader stands for.

Bill Clinton and Barack Obama gave us some of the most liberal judges we have on the U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Benches and the like. Herbert Walker Bush gave us Justice Clarence Thomas, one of if not the most conservative Justice on the Supreme Court day. I’m not making a case for Republicans over Democrats but simply pointing the fact that their track record(s) reflect their beliefs on such major decisions. President Trump appointed a record number of conservative judges that have supported Christian rights and the U.S. Constitution. That’s a fact whether one likes or dislike President Trump. He put so many conservative Christian judges that it changed the entire make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court back to conservative after 50 years of being liberal. Was that right of him? Absolutely yes. To think it is not is to support being ruled by the atheist, Muslim, transgender and non-God fearing people of this world. Also, as a result of President Trump’s appointees, Roe v. Wade was over turned. That made a major statement. Also, President Trumpt had the U.S. Embassy in Israel moved to Jerusalem after every president in recent history promised to do so, but never did. That was another major action. His track record reflects his personal convictions and U.S. Constitution (despite his being a flawed human being).

Lastly, I am amazed by how many Christians supporter Mitt Romney who is a Mormon. If you didn’t know, Mormonism is a Christian cult that flat out DENIES Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That’s a very serious violation for any Christian to support. I can easily make multiple biblical argument using the Old and New Testaments as to why a Mormon cult member ought not be President of the United States. Mitt is a good looking, distinguished statesman, much like “Saul” in 1 Samuel. Mitt didn’t hold many if any biblical convictions at all as he is part of the political establishment as being over God judging from his track record as the Governor of the state of Massachusetts, the most liberate, godless state in the union. It’s not like he was Governor of Alabama; we are talking about Massachusetts here. Under Mitt, like any other political leader, including the late John McCain, America and Americans Christians would have faced even more persecution and anti-Christian laws with higher taxes, making the Christians and the general public servants of the state. Don’t take my word for it; go back and look at both of Mitt Romney’s and John McCain’s track record and you will see that they did not support Christian values and in many cases human values outside of those with greater means. The same was true for Israel per-Samuel’s warning.

In 1 Samuel, God warned Israel that as a result of demanding a human king, their daughters and sons would be drafted into the kings service and their field and livelihood (crops and cattle) would be taxed to the max by the king for his selfish gain (1 Samuel 8:10-18). Specific verses include (14-15, 17a). And this ladies and gentleman is where American and much of the West is at today as a result of our demanding a charasmatic king who speaks smoothly and tells us what we want to hear.

IN CLOSING: I want you to think about 1 Samuel 10:24-27 in light of how you will choose your leaders. I am not here to tell you how to vote or who to vote for. If a Democrat will show serious support for Christianity over Islam and stand firm on biblical values, I will probably vote for that person if their opponent, albeit Republican or Independent is weaker in those areas. I’m certainly not making a case for any one candidate. As believers in Jesus Christ, let’s use our minds as directed by God’s Word in choosing our leaders. It’s the best we have to work for in light of our very flawed and broken world. In the end, the choice is yours and the fate of the country has been laid at our feet by God to choose for ourselves. There is no room for mistakes here forward. I pray that we as the body of Christ and the Church in general will choose wisely.

“And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen? There is none like him among all the people.” And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!” Then Samuel told the people the rights and duties of the kingship, and he wrote them in a book and laid it up before the Lord. Then Samuel sent all the people away, each one to his home. Saul also went to his home at Gibeah, and with him went men of valor whose hearts God had touched. But some worthless fellows said, “How can this man save us?” And they despised him and brought him no present. But he held his peace” (1 Samuel 10:24-27)

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By Steven Garofalo, December 1, 2023 (Copyright 2023)

Each day that God gives us in our life is a day with choices. Each day starts with the singular choice how “HOW” we start that day.

Today, I am going to give you three simple but connected action points as to how to start each day-starting today forward. If you do this, your day will be more focused on the hope of God and less on the depressed state of the world in the present. Let’s get started.

The unlisted author thought to be King David said, “Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!” (1 Chronicles 16:8). If we look carefully, God gives us three actions points through this very short verse. Let’s break this down and apply it to our life today forward.

  1. FIRST: GIVE WE SHOULD START EACH DAY BY GIVING THANKS TO THE LORD: We live in a crazy world that seems relentless in tearing the faith from every believer. The evil one and his demonic crew seeks to do this to any and all Christians that he can get a hold of. Yet we stand strong in our faith-so let’s give thanks to God for that. We need not stop there. Think about all that God has done for you personally. How He has protected, provided and blessed you and your family. We can give thanks for our health and/or the years of health the Lord has given us over our life time. It’s all perspective which can be and ought to be turned into ACTION. And our first action point for today is to give THANKS to the Lord.
  2. SECOND: LET’S START EACH DAY BY CALLING UPON THE NAME OF GOD: Let’s make sure to rise early each day and call upon His name. This is an important one because it moves the needle up a bit from saying thank you to expending greater energy in CALLING upon His name. This is an act of worship whereby we ask God to come closer to us this day. Within the context of the vers and 1 Chronicles 16, this connotes the idea of calling upon Yahweh and not upon the idols and false gods of the nations. Yahweh, the biblical God (alone) deserves to be called to praise and is the only God that we are to rely upon.
  3. THIRD: We are to “Make known his deeds among the peoples”. This speaks to David who will recount the amazing deeds God has done in the sight of all peoples, and he encouraged all who heard him to do the same. In return, God’s people should talk of all His wonderful works! This is just as true for us today as it was back when David uttered these words. Let’s take a closer look at 1 Chronicles 16:8 to get a more biblical perspective of what God is telling us in this passage.

"Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!” (1 Chronicles 16:8).

CONTEXT: To give some context to 1 Chronicles 16:8, we must zoom out to get the bigger picture. In a nutshell, this is recorded as King David’s Song of Thanks after they had brought the Ark of God back to Jerusalem and set it inside the tent David had pitched for it and had offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God.

The fact that this psalm (through vs. 36) consists, with slight variations, of Psalm 105:115; 96; and 106:1, 47-48, perhaps indicating that David in fact was their author (though listed anonymously in the Psalter which is a copy of the biblical Psalms used  for liturgical use in Church worship).

WHAT IS GOING ON? In 1 Chronicles 13:1-14 David brings the Ark to Childon re: Uzza’s death. David’s fame and victory over the Philistines are outlined in 14:1-17. David then brings the ark to Jerusalem in 15:1-29. And finally, in 1 Chronicles 16:1-43 we have David’s celebration and arrangements for the ark.

IN SUMMARY AND SO WHAT! Today, we looked at 1 Chronicles 16:1-43 which outlines David’s celebration and arrangements for the ark. In Chronicles 16:8, the Psalmist gives the call to praise, employing several imperatives: First, to “GIVE THANKS”. Second, to “CALL UPON HIS NAME”. And Third, to “MAKE KNOWN HIS DEEDS AMONG THE PEOPLES”. The latter can be expressed through song. As for you and I-we can sing, speak, glorify God, seek, and remember Him rightly (16:8-13). For the Chronicler the keynote of this praise is found in 16:11 in the imperative to “SEEK THE LORD AND HIS STRENGTH’ SEEK HIS FACE CONTINUALLY”. And continually means just that-continually; meaning that we never stop seeking God’s face, praising Him, and making Him known among all peoples He brings us in contact with; showing His great deeds from the biblical text and perhaps our personal life in an effort to lead some if not many to Him and salvation through Jesus Christ.

Each day that God gives us in our life is a day with choices. Each day starts with the singular choice how “HOW” we start that day. And these three biblical action points can serve us well in starting each day well for God and those He brings into our lives daily.

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