Thursday, November 18, 2010

1 Chronicles

 "And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.~             1 Chronicles 28:9

A godly king makes a nation strong.
The books of 1 and 2 chronicles were originally one large volume. Later divided by the translator of the Septuagint (the Greek Old Testament) into separate books, the two volumes portray the history of Israel before the time of the exile. The book of 1 chronicles helps the returning Jewish exiles rediscover their godly heritage as they rebuild their homeland. Emphasizing the need for obedience to God’s commands, 1 Chronicles highlights the importance of true worship, the positive aspects of David’s reign and the continuation of his family line.
While the opening chapters of 1 chronicles seem like an endless list of nondescript names, they are actually much more than that. The lengthy genealogy asserts God’s love for individuals. He knows each by name and never forgets even one. In addition, when we look more closely we see that the genealogies unveil familiar women. We meet Keturah, the joy of Abrahams’s life after Sarah’s death (1Ch 1:32-33). We recognize Abigail and Acsah, women whose resourcefulness brings blessing to their families (1Ch 2:16-17; 49). We find Tamar and Bathsheba, women who suffer the consequences of sexual sin (1Ch 3:5-9). And we find Miriam, who learns the importance of following god’s leaders (1 Ch 6:3).
Studying the positive aspects of David’s reign helps us to understand the importance of doing things God’s way rather than forcing his way onto the throne, David waits for God’s timing and unifies the nation (1 Ch 10-12). Instead of bemoaning his inability to build the temple, David energetically assembles the materials for its construction (1 Ch 22). David’s choice to follow God’s plan and God’s timing instead of his own brings blessing to Israel.

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