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!