September 7, 2021
1 CHRONICLES 20-24
DAY 248: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Our journey through 1 Chronicles 20-24 takes us through the closing years of David as King of Israel, in failing health, ending with the transferring of power to his son Solomon in the works.
Seek the Lord’s understanding of 1 Chronicles 20-24. Read 1 Chronicles 20-24. 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 20-24: 1 Chronicles 20 tells of the defeat of Rabbah and war with the Philistines. War which decimated the Philistines. In chapter 21, David, against warnings from Joab, counted his fighting men. God punished David for this by sending a plague upon Israel. David chose the punishment which resulted in plague which ravaged all of Israel. David, upon seeing the consequences of his sin, asked the Lord to relent and focus the punishment on David and his family. The Lord relented. Chapters 22-24, show David helping Solomon prepare to build the temple and the organization of how the temple was to operate. (1 Chronicles 20:1-24:31)
After reading chapters 20 through 24, consider the following: Who is focused on in today’s reading? Keeping in mind who this book was written for, why would it have been important to know this history? How could it help provide hope for the future and God fulfilling His promise to Israel? What can we learn about God, His promises, and the future from studying this history?
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