God is Setting All Things Right. So I am Blogging Through the Bible in a Year.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April 23 - 1 Chronicles 1-2: Genealogies of the Jews, Part 1 of 4

Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 1-2

The Message

English Standard Version

The books of the Chronicles are retellings of the books of Samuel and Kings. The audience for these is most likely post-exile (we will get to that in a few weeks). Even though these books were written much later than Samuel and Kings they deal with similar events, so we will read them now. We will now have days with narratives from two books instead going through one book at a time. We will jump around between 2 Samuel (then both books of Kings) and 1-2 Chronicles. If you find this confusing, using the link at the top of each post to read that day's section.

The first 9 chapters of 1 Chronicles give the genealogy of the Israelites. There is little to no narrative today, so I won't bother putting together a summary or thought to guide your reading. If you are behind, today is a day to skip (don't even bother scanning). If not, use this day to reflect on what else you have read. Today's blog post will be short.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

The genealogy of Israel is very important—they must trace their lineage back to Abraham to be consider a Chosen Person.

This reason is why this section is in our scripture. It would have been important for the people of the day to have their tie back to God's Promise to Abraham. Since we are the spiritual ancestors of Abraham, this section is not as important to us.

What do you think of the inclusion of so many women?

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