1 Chronicles 1-2
Right now family reunions look a little different as we face our current situation with Covid-19 and all that brings. Yet there is still great joy in hearing that familiar voice on the phone or interacting with your family on Zoom or facetime. Remember those family reunions with multiple generations where the old dusty photo albums are brought out to celebrate and learn about those who have gone before?
As we read the Chronicles we are reading a family reunion.
In our chronological Bible reading plan we have just begun the book of 2nd Samuel to read of David as king. And, at the same time, we are reading various Psalms, many of which were written by David. And, now, we are going to begin yet another book, 1st Chronicles, which will include several of the same stories as 2nd Samuel, and later 1st & 2nd Kings.
Why the overlap?
They were written for different people at different times, but both are still relevant to us. The books of Samuel (originally one book) were written shortly after David’s son, Solomon’s, death, at a time when the kingdom of Israel was going to be fractured and face the tragedy of many evil kings which would ultimately lead to the downfall of their nation(s). It was important at that time to preserve a record of how Israel became a nation with a king – and thus the book(s) of Samuel.
Many years later, after the Israelites had been conquered and in foreign captivity for generations, they would be preparing to return to Jerusalem and their homeland. This was now a totally different people in a totally different situation. They needed to be taught that they were indeed the people of God, and what that means. They needed to be reminded of their roots. They needed a good old family reunion.
Break out the photo albums, or – in this case – the genealogies!
I know, it’s not very exciting for us to read long lists of names, many of whom we have NO clue who they are or what they did or even how to pronounce their name. But, if you count yourself among the people of God – this is your family tree, too! And, you know what they say – every family tree has a few nuts. So, indeed, this family tree has the good, the bad and the ugly. They don’t have time or space to write of the stories for everyone, but several names bring to mind a picture of righteousness (Noah, Abraham, Joseph and David). Other times the writer takes the time to remind his family reunion participants of the sad lessons learned from those who had strayed:
1st Chronicles 2:3 – “Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death.”
1st Chronicles 2:7 – “The son of Carmi: Achar, who brought trouble on Israel by violating the ban on taking devoted things.”
So, dig in – enjoy your little trip down the Israelite memory lane today – there will be more on Friday. And, pause to think, just how do you fit into God’s family tree?
Also – now is a good time to reconnect with your more immediate family too (maybe 3-4 current generations, what about your church family, too) Check in on them and share how God is blessing you today. See what God is teaching them today.
Today’s Bible reading can be found at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+1-2&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s reading will be back in the Psalms (43-45, 49, 84-85, 87) – we will save more of the genealogies for Friday. Continue on the journey with us by printing your own copy of our 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan – and keep reading His Word to you.