1 Chronicles 1
-This book was written Jewish tradition tells us by Ezra to unify God’s people in the post exile period of the Southern Kingdom of Israel in approximately 430 BC. Therefore, it is a general summary of the history of Israel primarily concerned with tracing the Davidic line of authority in an attempt to unify the people of God by emphasizing true and genuine worship of the LORD for individual and national life. 1 Chronicles parallels 2 Samuel in many respects, but it serves as more of a commentary from a priestly point of view emphasizing the religious history of Judah with some involvement with the Northern Kingdom of Israel. It is general in terms and gives a overarching picture of the LORD’s work in the nation of Israel for our knowledge and understanding. It, along with 2 Chronicles, could possibly be the last work chronologically in the Old Testament, which increases its value and importance.
-The book begins with a detailed genealogy of mankind and eventually traces through to the Davidic line. Adam is recorded and the line of Seth is followed up through Noah and his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. From here we note that Canaan comes from the cursed line of Ham (Genesis 9:20-27). We also can note from where the Philistines came out of this line, along with the Jebusites, Amorities, and others of biblical significance. Next, the line of Shem are delineated, from which Abraham came with his sons being Isaac and Ishmael. From here we get a recounting of Isaac’s sons Esau and Israel with the focus at the end of chapter one being on Esau’s side of the lineage.
-*Application* It is important to get a sense from where you came from. This helps define who you are, but it is not the determining factor in your destiny. God can turn any lineage into a positive one by the act of your faith and obedience to His commands. If you have a checkered past, break any generational strongholds and conform to the image of Christ. He wants to bless you and your future generations (Exodus 20:3-6).
Verse to Memorize: 1 Chronicles 1:28