August 10, 2021
1 CHRONICLES 1-4
Day 220: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today we begin our journey through the book of 1 Chronicles.
Before starting today’s journey, take some time to pray, asking God to reveal His wisdom for 1 Chronicles 1-4. Read 1 Chronicles 1-4. Let’s journey!
The Books of First and Second Chronicles, which were originally written as one book and later divided due to length, chronicles the entire history of Israel up to that point, beginning with Adam, and ending with the return of the Israelites from exile. Its author is unknown, although clues in the text reveal that it was written several hundred years after the return from exile. In the Jewish order of Scriptures, this book comes after the Ezra and Nehemiah, both of which chronicle the return of the Israelites to Jerusalem. This book was written to provide hope for the promised Messiah, and hope for the new temple.
1 Chronicles 1-4: The Israelites, after being in captivity for 70 years, have been released by the Persians. Those who return to Jerusalem and find a city destroyed by the Babylonians, without a familiar landmark. Those who returned, most likely, never set eyes on Jerusalem at its glory. In the first chapters of 1 Chronicles the chronicler is using genealogy to connect the returning captives to who they are. Notice the chronicler starts his genealogy with Adam, God’s first created. (1 Chronicles 1:1-4:43)
After reading chapters 1 through 4, consider the following: how does today’s reading help show God’s promise for the future of Israel? What is the importance of genealogy and why has the author included such a detailed genealogy?
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