Intro to 1 Chronicles
Intro to 1 Chronicles

Alexander Galvez • May 24, 2019

Then all Israel gathered together to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2 In times past, even when Saul was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord your God said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over my people Israel.’ ” 

1 Chronicles 11:1-2


If you are up to date on your Bible in a year plan you are probably celebrating. Celebrating that you have been keeping pace for nearly 50% of the year, but also probably due to the fact that you have completed the first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles. Possibly you are questioning what the point was to record the genealogies of the Israelites to the extent that the book does. One thing to keep in mind is that the chapters you have just read is that they are telling us the history of the people of God. It is incredibly important for them to know who was and who was not from the seed of Abraham and, therefore, not an inheritor of the promises. Those who were on the outside looking in, would not be able to participate in all the aspects of the Jewish law as well. 


But more importantly, the genealogies help us to trace the ancestral line that leads to the Messiah. An ancestry that Jesus is a part of which further reinforces the fact that God is a covenant making God and a covenant keeping God! But lest we think that Chronicles is all about tracing this promised seed, we see a turning point in the 10th chapter, when we switch from historical genealogies to historical narrative. It provides us with another perspective of events which can be found in some of the other Old Testament book. In fact, the books of Genesis, Samuel, and Kings, when combined, account for about 50% of the Chronicles. So, we get further clarity on many of the events in the history of Israel. 


One final point I would like to make on our survey of 1 Chronicles, is that purity and holiness is stressed throughout the book. For example, the genealogies are not found in the other Old Testament writings and they highlight the need for the Israelites to maintain religious and racial purity. They were not to intermarry, nor were they to forget their calling. This is further underlined when we start to read about the temple and how the people were to worship God. This is a unique relationship that God’s people have with Him and they were to maintain purity in approaching Him as they adhered to the Mosaic laws. Lastly, with the anointing of David to be king and all of the victories he had would have encouraged the original readers, Israelites who were returning from Babylonian captivity, to have faith in God to help them resettle the land He had given to them. I pray that as we read this book, we can rejoice with the original readers on the faithfulness of God and respond by walking in obedience to His Word just as they were called to return to holiness, faith, and worship.


Grace and Peace, 

Alex Galvez 


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Songs of Trust
Songs of Trust

Alexander Galvez • May 22, 2019

For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

Psalm 11:7


My dog, Mittens, and I go on some pretty long runs and no matter how far away from home we go, she faithfully follows. She does not have any fear that I am going to leave her or abandon her on our route because she trusts me. But not only in moments where she is enjoying the freedom of the outdoors but also when we take her on a car ride to the veterinarian. She may not like going to the vet, and she definitely does not like it, but she will follow us inside knowing that she will be dropped off for a very unpleasant appointment. 


In Psalm 11, we read of David in a situation where he is clearly in turmoil. He describes his situation as one where evil is ruling, the wicked are aiming their weapons in ambush on him, and the very foundations of society were crumbling. And yet, in this time of darkness and despair, David is praising God. David praises God because He is still in the presence of His worshippers. David praises God because He is still sovereign over all and sees all. David praises God because just as the Lord sends the rain and blesses His people, He also brings tests and trials upon His people. This testing proves our fidelity to Him, grows us to be more like Him, and reveals our trust in Him. 


And David puts on full display that despite his current circumstance, he will continue to trust in Him. Someone once quipped, “to be heavenly minded, is to be of no earthly good”. And in an extreme sense, that could be true. However, in the most natural and common sense this is how we should live. We should live Coram Deo, before the face of God, in everything that we do, say, think. We should continue to see the world and all of the experiences in our lives with an understanding that the sovereign Lord of all things is guiding whatsoever may come to pass for His glory and for good. Therefore, we can live our lives with peace in all seasons of our lives because God is the one we trust. We do not trust persons, powers, prestige, or self. We trust our heavenly Father, who is “righteous” and loves “righteous deeds” (Ps 11:7).


Grace and Peace, 

Alex Galvez


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If you would like to read the previous articles in the series, you may find them below: 

1. Psalms 

2. Hymns 

3. Community complaints 

4. Individual complaints 

5. Individual songs of thanksgiving 

6. Royal psalms 

7. Torah psalms 

8. Oracle psalms 

9. Blessing psalms 

10. Taunt Songs 

11. Songs of trust 

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Pastoral Epistles: Godly Examples (Part 2 of 3)
Pastoral Epistles: Godly Examples (Part 2 of 3)

Alexander Galvez • May 20, 2019

Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus 


2 Timothy 1:13 


The story is told of a T.V. repairman who didn’t like to think about his job when he came home. As a result, he never bothered to properly install the T.V. antenna on the top of his house or fix it when one arm broke in a windstorm. One day a new family moved in next door, and the owner went up on his roof to install an antenna. Knowing that his neighbor was a T.V. repairman, he put his up exactly the same way and turned his antenna to face in the same direction as his neighbor’s. Then, after studying his neighbor’s antenna for a while, he reached up and broke one arm off his new antenna! 


As disciples, we teach by example, whether we intend to or not! And while this may apply in greater measure for those who are in leadership positions, it applies universally to all people because we are all teaching. In writing his second letter, Paul is not rebuking any negligence on Timothy’s part, but fortifying and encouraging Timothy to remain steadfast in his ministry should anything happen to him during his “vacation” in a dungeon. And the call to follow a pattern is truly a call for Timothy set an example by holding fast to sound doctrine because a godly leader cannot be a one if he does not hold fast to the truth. 


As the saying goes, Orthodoxy, right teaching, will always lead to orthopraxy, right living. It is not some sort of intellectual ascent that Paul is commending towards Timothy, but rather that the truth should be expressed in his own life. As disciples of Christ we should treasure the word of God, but it should be evident by the way that we live that we are not living according to our will, but that of the will of the Father. Paul expressed this same truth in his first letter and to Titus to “set the believers an example” and “to be a model of good works” (1 Tim 4:11; Titus 2:7). A special handling of God’s Word will ultimately impact their teaching and godly living which could result in the salvation of themselves and their hearers (1 Tim 4:16). 


And this charge is not exclusive to Timothy and Titus, but for all believers. Every generation is charged with the responsibility to guard sound doctrine and to live according to it, through the help of the Holy Spirit. Each person is called to live in such a way that others will see our good works, and give God the glory (Matthew 5:16). And so, I encourage you to continue to follow the pattern of sound words that you have heard and to set a godly example to your fellow believers and to the world.


Grace and Peace, 

Alex Galvez 


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Pastoral Epistles: Guarding Sound Doctrine (Part 1 of 3)
Pastoral Epistles: Guarding Sound Doctrine (Part 1 of 3)

Alexander Galvez • May 17, 2019

20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. 

1 Timothy 6:20-21 


First Timothy is the first of three Pastoral Epistles which also include Paul’s second letter to Timothy and one to Titus. The main purpose of the Pastoral Letters is to address areas of pastoral oversight and while these letters are of great relevance for pastors, it does not mean that they do not possess any wisdom or instruction for all believers. These letters contain shared concerns for things such as: rebuking false doctrines and holding firm sound teaching (1 Tim. 1:8–11; 2 Tim. 1:13–14; Titus 2:1), exhortations for godly living in being an example to the flock (1 Tim. 1:3–7; 2:8–10; 2 Tim. 1:3–12; 2:14–19; Titus 3:1–11), and matters of church polity (1 Tim. 3:1–15; 2 Tim. 2:22–26; Titus 1:5–9). While there are many other shared concerns in the pastoral epistles, we will focus on each of the mentioned items and this article will consider the first, guarding sound doctrine. 


One evening on my way home from a wonderful dinner date with my wife, I got lost. My wonderfully, intuitive wife picked up on that fact and gracefully asked if I wanted her to GPS us home. But I’m a man and I have lived in Houston for most of my life, so I had this! I did not. We ended up driving in the opposite direction and added another 30 minutes to our drive. The sad truth is that there are many pastors who are like this. They are going astray and they refuse to admit it. They reject any admonish or rebuke from Scripture or other pastors, denying that they had lost their ways, and refusing to admit that they are in a dilemma. There are many reasons why a person may do this, but none of them justify such carelessness to their life and doctrine. 


In the Pastoral Epistles, Paul exhorts Timothy and Titus to guard their lives and their doctrine. In 1 Timothy 4, Paul provides a reason for why this is so important by telling him that “by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers”. Paul impresses upon the heart of all ministers of the Gospel the gravity for holding fast and guarding good doctrine; it is the difference between eternity in Heaven or eternity in Hell for both yourself and your flock. And Paul does not just touch on this, considering only his first letter he implores Timothy to guard the doctrine and to refute false teachers in 25 of the 112 verses; that’s over 22% (1:3-4,7,18-20, 4:1-5, 6, 11, 13,16, 5:21, 6:2-5, 12-14, 20-21)! The authoritative source for truth is not found in our own intellect, opinions, or feelings. The authoritative source for truth is found in the Scriptures and Paul instructs them to take great care over it. 


We hold fast to it so that we may bring many sons to glory. We take great care over our lives and guard sound doctrine because those who teach differently “understands nothing” and the consequence is eternally damning (1 Timothy 6:4). And step one is to, with humility and sincerity, immerse yourself in the Scriptures to have it expose the lie you have told yourself. Submit to the Scriptures where it tells you that you are lost, for then you may be found.


Grace and Peace,

Alex Galvez


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