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Each person is significant!

Scripture reading for April 17th: 1st Chronicles 1-9

The first nine chapters of 1st Chronicles offers a challenge as to what we might learn from pronouncing hundreds of names, many that are unfamiliar to us.  Chronicles was written from the view of the priesthood and some think that Ezra helped compile this record.  The geneaology begins with Adam and gives a record of descendants up to the exile in 586 BC.  This record is repeated again, with additions, right up to the time of Christ in Luke’s Gospel.  (Luke 3:23-37)

God considers individuals important.  He knows our name and listed all these people by name.  He also recorded information about certain individuals who were noteworthy.  Of the sons of Judah, Er, the first-born, was noted as being wicked and the Lord put him to death. (2nd Chronicles 2:3)  Hezron married at 60 years of age and had a son, Segub.  (2nd Chronicles 2:21)  It may have been unusual to marry so late!  In 2nd Chronicles 4:9-10, Jabez cried out to the Lord for his blessing and an enlarged territory.  Jabez asked to have God’s hand with him and to be free from pain.  God answered his prayer!

In the last section of this genealogy, there is a record of the sons of Levi.  The Levite families had assigned jobs in the temple.  The house of Merari was assigned to be musicians ministering before the tabernacle.  (2nd Chronicles 6:31-32)  Aaron and his descendants offered the sacrifices in the most holy place.  (2nd Chronicles 6:49)  A later record in 2nd Chronicles 9:17-27 described Levites who returned from captivity in Babylon and were gatekeepers in the house of the Lord.  A single man, Mattithiah, was a Levite who was put in charge of baking bread for the tabernacle.

God is a God of order.  He assigns jobs to His people according to their abilities and His needs.  He knows each by name and makes note of those who do well and those who mess up!  Each person is important and the job they are assigned is significant.  Take time today to thank God for the gifts He has given you.  Ask Him to show you the significance of your work and offer your gifts to Him to use for His glory!  God is keeping a record for Heaven!

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Individuals are important!

Scripture reading for April 17th: 1st Chronicles 1-9

Chronicles is written from the view of the priesthood and some think that Ezra helped compile this record.  One thing that we might note is that Chronicles begins with Adam and gives a record of descendants right up to the exile in 586 BC.  This record is basically repeated again with additions right up to the time of Christ in Luke’s Gospel.  (Luke 3:23-37)  God seems to be reminding us that we can trace our history back to Adam and Eve!

Another thing to note is that God considers individuals important.  He knows our name and lists all these people by name.  Of the sons of Judah, Er, the first-born, is noted as being wicked and the Lord put him to death. (2Chronicles 2:3)  Another man, Hezron, married at 60 years of age and had a son, Segub.  (2nd Chronicles 2:21)  Evidently it was unusual to marry so late!  In 2nd Chronicles 4:9-10, Jabez cried out to the Lord for his blessing and an enlarged territory.  Jabez asked to have God’s hand with him and to be free from pain.  God answered his prayer!  That’s a good thing to note and an encouragement to us.

In the last section of this genealogy, there is a record of the sons of Levi.  The Levite families had assigned jobs to do in the temple and for the ministry to the Lord.  The house of Merari, for instance, were assigned to be musicians ministering before the tabernacle from the time of David.  (2nd Chronicles 6:31-32)  Aaron and his descendants offered the sacrifices in the most holy place.  (2nd Chronicles 6:49)  A later record in 2nd Chronicles 9:17-27 describes Levites who returned from captivity in Babylon as gatekeepers in the house of the Lord.  A single man, Mattithiah, was a Levite who was put in charge of baking bread for the tabernacle.

God is a God of order.  He assigns jobs to His people according to their abilities and His needs.  He knows each by name and makes note of those who do well as well as those who mess up.  Each person is important and the job they are assigned is significant.  Take time today to thank God for the gifts He has given you.  Ask Him to show you the significance of your work and offer your gifts to Him to use for His glory!  God is keeping a record for Heaven!

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A People, a King, and a Kingdom!

Scripture reading for April 17: 1st Chronicles 1-9

The Book of Chronicles was originally the last book in the Hebrew Scriptures.  It begins with a listing of names starting with Adam and going through Noah. (1st Chronicles 1:1-4) From there it takes the three sons of Noah and tells of their descendants.  From Shem, the genealogy follows Abraham’s line through Isaac and Ishmael.  Then the line is continued through Isaac to Jacob (Israel).  (1st Chronicles 2:1)  Jacob’s line is traced to Jesse, the father of David and then picks up David’s family as well.  (1st Chronicles 3:1-9) The last chapters of today’s reading cover the children of each of the twelve sons of Israel and their offspring.

What can we gain from this somewhat boring portion of Hebrew history?  Is there any good to come from this repetition of people, offspring, and historical tidbits?

We actually can gain confidence and insight into the heart of God from this passage of Scripture.  First, God keeps good books!  He cares about names and people as well as what they did!  This gives us confidence about the Book of Genesis as a source book for God’s people throughout their history.  God knows each person by name and knows and remembers their children as well as their faith. He also has a plan to bring forth a King, His Son, through a specific line of people.

One example of a remembrance concerns Reuben, the firstborn son of Israel (Jacob).  He is noted for defiling his father’s marriage bed and losing his rights as firstborn because of this.  (1st Chronicles 5:1-3)  Another note concerns the sons of Levi and his descendant, Merari.  His sons were put into service by King David to minster with music before the tabernacle and Tent of  Meeting until Solomon built the temple.  (1st Chronicles 6:29-32)  The people of Judah were noted for being taken captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness and then being the first to resettle on their own property afterward.  (1st Chronicles 9:1-2)

We would do well to realize today that God has a plan.  He gives each person a name and holds each one responsible for how they respond to what they know.  By grace He chooses people to fulfill His purposes.  He will have a people who will rule His Kingdom under the rule of His Son Jesus Christ who came through the lineage of David!  Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!

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Individuals are important!

Scripture reading for April 17th: 1st Chronicles 1-9

The first nine chapters of 1st Chronicles offers a challenge as to what we might learn from pronouncing hundreds of names, many that are unfamiliar to us.  Chronicles is written from the view of the priesthood and some think that Ezra helped compile this record.  One thing that we might note is that Chronicles begins with Adam and gives a record of descendants right up to the exile in 586 BC.  This record is basically repeated again with additions right up to the time of Christ in Luke’s Gospel.  (Luke 3:23-37)  God seems to be reminding us of our genealogy.  We can trace it back to Adam and Eve!

Another thing to note is that God considers individuals important.  He knows our name and lists all these people by name.  He also recorded some comments about certain individuals who were noteworthy.  Of the sons of Judah, Er, the first-born, is noted as being wicked and the Lord put him to death. (2Chronicles 2:3)  Another man, Hezron, married at 60 years of age and had a son, Segub.  (2nd Chronicles 2:21)  Evidently it was unusual to marry so late!  In 2nd Chronicles 4:9-10, Jabez cried out to the Lord for his blessing and an enlarged territory.  Jabez asked to have God’s hand with him and to be free from pain.  God answered his prayer!  That’s a good thing to note and an encouragement to us.

In the last section of this genealogy, there is a record of the sons of Levi.  The Levite families had assigned jobs to do in the temple and for the ministry to the Lord.  The house of Merari, for instance, was assigned to be musicians ministering before the tabernacle from the time of David.  (2nd Chronicles 6:31-32)  Aaron and his descendants offered the sacrifices in the most holy place.  (2nd Chronicles 6:49)  A later record in 2nd Chronicles 9:17-27 describes Levites who returned from captivity in Babylon to be gatekeepers in Jerusalem and the house of the Lord.  A single man, Mattithiah, was a Levite who was put in charge of baking bread for the tabernacle.  That was his primary job.

What do we learn from all this detail?  God is a God of order.  He assigns jobs to His people according to their abilities and His needs.  He knows each by name and makes note of those who do well as well as those who mess up.  Each person is important and the job they are assigned is significant.  Take time today to thank God for the gifts He has given you.  Ask Him to show you the significance of your work and offer your gifts to Him to use for His glory!  God is keeping a record for Heaven!

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