1 Chronicles 3:5 (NIV) 5 and these were the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon. These four were by Bathsheba daughter of Ammiel.
On verses 1-9: In these verses the Chronicler lists the names of David’s sons. Notice that Solomon was the youngest of the sons born to Bathsheba, who originally became romantically involved with David in an extramarital affair. Yet God still chose Solomon to be the next king of Judah. Once again it goes to show that God does not discount you because of your background.
Notice also that the third son that Bathsheba bore to David was called Nathan. This is interesting, given that it was the prophet Nathan who rebuked David for murdering Bathsheba’s first husband Uriah and committing adultery with Bathsheba. Apparently David so appreciated Nathan’s courage to speak the hard truth into David’s life that he named his third son with Bathsheba after him.
What can we learn from this? True friends are not afraid to speak the truth in love to you, including the hard truth that you don’t want to hear. So be open to hearing the hard truth from those who sincerely care about you. Also, if you want to make your mark as a true friend, learn to speak the truth in loving ways. As Proverbs 27:6 says, “Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”
On verses 10-16: Here the Chronicler lists the kings of Judah after David and Solomon, all of whom we have looked at in detail during our study of 1 and 2 Kings.
On verses 17-24: Here the Chronicler lists the kings and leaders who led Judah after Judah was exiled to Babylon in approximately 580 B.C., as well as their descendants.
Whether you know all these names in 1 Chronicles 4 or not, it appears that the one thing all of them have in common is that they all have royal blood. No matter when or where they lived, they were royalty. Praise God that because Jesus’ royal blood covers our sin and we are now children of God, we are also royalty. No matter what part of the world or what time in history you live in, you are part of God’s royal family if you have placed your trust in the King of kings.
(Just for fun, if you want to feel more royal and give yourself a royally sounding name, take the street name that you live on and put a royal title in front of it like Prince, Princess, Lord, or Lady! For example, you can be Lord Cedarbridge, Lady Francis, Prince Willingdon or Princess Katsura. It works for most streets in Vancouver, unless you live on No. 2 Road.)
Heavenly Father, thank You for true friends who courageously speak the truth in love to me, including the hard truths that I don’t always want to hear. May I have a teachable spirit and also be a true friend who speaks the truth in love and with wisdom to others. Thank You that because of Jesus’ blood I am also a part of Your royal family. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!