Before you freak out about reading 9 chapters of genealogy, I would encourage you to watch the video below and read chapter 9 if you aren’t able to read the whole thing. The reason we are tackling this big chunk in one day is not because we think these lists are less inspired than other portions of Scripture—it would simply be a challenge to spend over a week looking at each chapter day after day! (For more information on why biblical genealogies are important, check out this article).
So today will be where we set the foundation for the rest of our time in this great book.
As you know from watching the video, 1 Chronicles will talk about the coming Messiah and the restoration of the temple. It will also highlight the reign of David, while simultaneously showing how the Messiah will be a new or greater David.
The reason that the genealogy section in chapters 1-9 are so important is that it is retelling the history of the Old Testament by showcasing its main characters. The key themes of this books are shown in these chapters,
“Israel’s history of unfaithfulness (Hb. ma‘al), leading to exile (5:25–26; 9:1); the persistence of the Davidic line after the exile as the bearer of God’s promise to his people (3:17–24); and the central role of the Levites and the Aaronic priests in offering worship and making atonement for Israel (6:1–81).” (ESV Study Bible)
So, in summary, as we walk through 1 Chronicles, we will read a lot about David, the coming Messiah and the temple. As we read this great Old Testament book we should constantly be looking for Christ! We should take the posture of the great English preacher, Charles Spurgeon: “From every town, village, and little hamlet in England, wherever it may be, there is a road to London… and so from every text in Scripture there is a road to the metropolis of the Scriptures, that is Christ. Your business is, when you get to a text, to say, ‘Now, what is the road to Christ?”
What are some questions that you have about the book of 1 Chronicles? Comment below, and our staff will seek to answer them as we walk through the book together.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice