(54 verses, 5:00 to read)
What I am about to READ
A lot of names!
MARK and LEARN
- The book of 1 Chronicles was most likely written by Ezra, the priest who served the people of Judah after they returned from the Babylonian exile. This information helps us understand the nature of the book and will present a unifying theme to this study.
- If there was ever a time in their history when God’s people needed encouragement, it was after the exile had ended. The Jews were a small nation, living in a small and vulnerable country. The nations surrounding them could cause them a good deal of trouble. The new temple they erected was nothing compared with the old temple.
- Ezra traced the history of God’s people down to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
- The book of Chronicles is more than a list of names. That list comprises a sort of shorthand. The mention of a name brought back memories of history—Israel’s history. It reminded the people of the glory of their past, the promises they had inherited, and the sins that caused their exile and present humble condition. This is the story Ezra wanted to tell, often through lists of people. This story would encourage the Jews and warn them not to commit the sins of their fathers.
We are children of Abraham by faith. The history of his people is our spiritual history also.
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.