Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 1
Today we start a new book – the book of 1 Chronicles. The Hebrew title (dibre hayyamim) can be translated “the events (or annals) of the days (or years).” Most believe that Ezra wrote Chronicles in the later half of the 5th Century B.C.
A simple outline of the book would look like this:
▪ Genealogies (Creation through the Restoration of the Jews) – chapters 1-9
▪ Reign of David – chapters 10-29
What is the purpose for the lists of genealogy?
The burning issue in this book is a question for the Jews in captivity… Is God still interested in us? Has He forgotten us? Forgotten His covenant with us? It would be easy for them to lose perspective – given their current circumstances of exile.
1. Historical record
These valuable lists chronicle families from Adam (1:1) through the linage of Jacob’s sons and the returning exiles (chapter 9). They provide accurate information for historians and students of the Bible alike.
2. Valued legacy
Everyone values their legacy – but to the Jewish people it was beyond price. God created Adam and the journey began. It traveled through great men such as Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
3. Evidence of God’s Protection and Direction
Every time you read a list – such as the one in today’s reading – you see God’s sovereign hand of protection on His people. It’s impossible to read it without seeing purpose, plan, and direction. God is alive and well. This was a major encouragement to the exiles.
4. Shows a thread of His-story
Lists like this remind of us of the scarlet thread of redemption – that from the sin of Adam in Genesis 3, God began a plan to redeem mankind. He preserved life through Noah, He moved His people through Abraham, and through Jacob came the division of the 12 tribes.
God cares for you and I just as much! He loves us and has a plan for our lives. He’s writing our history through His providence today. Watch carefully and you’ll see it unfold right before your eyes.
I know reading the genealogies in the Bible can be tough – but I hope today’s understanding changes things for you. I hope you’ll never yawn through them again – but will see God’s power and providence in a new way.
* Some information gleaned from the NIV Study Bible
Posted by: Time Parsons