The Family Promise of God: God and His People

1 Chronicles Bible Background

Old Testament: 1Ch 17.20–22

To read the Bible in a year, read First Chronicles 17–19 on May 26, In the year of our Lord 2020

By Don Ruhl

David wanted to build a house for God, but God said that he would build a house for David. That moved David deeply and he spoke to God of it. As David prayed he considered the history of Israel, saying:

“O LORD, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And who is like Your people Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people—to make for Yourself a name by great and awesome deeds, by driving out nations from before Your people whom You redeemed from Egypt? For You have made Your people Israel Your very own people forever; and You, LORD, have become their God.”

– 1 Chronicles 17.20–22

There are five elements of what I call, The Family Promise of God, and David mentioned two of them in this prayer. First, he noted the uniqueness of God and then the uniqueness of God’s people, and finally David declared that in redeeming Israel from Egypt, the Lord made, “Israel Your very own people forever; and You, LORD, have become their God.”

Christians have now become part of that family, for we are His people and He is our God.


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