February 13, 2015

Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 3

God promised that a king would come from David’s lineage that would one day rule forever. In today’s passage we see David’s descendants down through Solomon and Jehoiachin and on down to the sons of Elioenai. When you read this ancestry at first it doesn’t seem like much of a big deal but then, when we look at Matthew 1 we see its significance.

1 This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac.
Isaac was the father of Jacob.
Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers.
3 Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah (whose mother was Tamar).
Perez was the father of Hezron.
Hezron was the father of Ram.[b]
4 Ram was the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab was the father of Nahshon.
Nahshon was the father of Salmon.
5 Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab).
Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth).
Obed was the father of Jesse.
6 Jesse was the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon (whose mother was Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah).
7 Solomon was the father of Rehoboam.
Rehoboam was the father of Abijah.
Abijah was the father of Asa.[c]
8 Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat.
Jehoshaphat was the father of Jehoram.[d]
Jehoram was the father[e] of Uzziah.
9 Uzziah was the father of Jotham.
Jotham was the father of Ahaz.
Ahaz was the father of Hezekiah.
10 Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh.
Manasseh was the father of Amon.[f]
Amon was the father of Josiah.
11 Josiah was the father of Jehoiachin[g] and his brothers (born at the time of the exile to Babylon).
12 After the Babylonian exile:
Jehoiachin was the father of Shealtiel.
Shealtiel was the father of Zerubbabel.
13 Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud.
Abiud was the father of Eliakim.
Eliakim was the father of Azor.
14 Azor was the father of Zadok.
Zadok was the father of Akim.
Akim was the father of Eliud.
15 Eliud was the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar was the father of Matthan.
Matthan was the father of Jacob.
16 Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called the Messiah.

Our passage today takes us nearly through all of the genealogy of Jesus stopping just a few generations short. I used to get so bored reading genealogies in the Bible until one day I heard a message on this one in Matthew 1 and how the genealogies in the Bible are a beautiful picture of God’s faithfulness and are more about the timeline of God’s story of redemption than about a family tree. So next time you read a genealogy in the Bible Remember it as a testament to God’s grace and a mile marker in the journey that is God’s story.

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

February 12, 2015

Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 2

I was sitting at home a couple weeks ago in a semi-depressed mental state and I posted this on a social media site: “Sometimes you come to that hard reality of who you are and who you are not.”

I wrote that as I was reflecting on some of the things at which I do well and some of the things I do not do so well. I was semi-depressed because I was realizing the things I wish I was better at doing. I was thinking about who I am, who I was made to be, and what the things are that break my heart. Sometimes, it’s good to sit and reflect on the reality of who we are and who we are not, even when it isn’t real fun. In those times of reflection, it’s not only important to know who you are but also WHOSE you are.

While reading through another chapter of genealogy, you can’t help but wonder why the author deemed it important to include all these names in his writings. Honestly, it’s not a very exciting read for us. But, for a nation that was rebuilding having been ransacked by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians, I imagine seeing this list of names was a great reminder of who they are, where they had come from, and WHOSE they are. It had to be encouraging to them.

As we go through our lives, we need those reminders of who we are and where we’ve come from. This is especially true during the difficult times/days when it seems like we forget who we are, where we’ve come from, and WHOSE we are. We need to stop sometimes and just be reminded of what is true about ourselves so we can move forward with confidence and encouragement.

I don’t know what your state of mind is today, or what life is throwing at you, but I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt to just stop and remember who you are, where you’ve came from, and WHOSE you are. I bet you’ll be able to see the Divine Design of who you are, which helps to give encouragement to keep moving forward.

May we all be moved to worship today as we recognize God’s sovereignty in our lives and the path and lineage that He designed in order to bring us to a place of soul-saving repentance and rescue through Jesus Christ.

Posted by: Rich Duffield

February 11, 2015

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