Today’s Reading – I Chronicles Chapters 1-2
The genealogies in 1 Chronicles served to remind the returned exiles of their connection to the past through a careful reporting of their ancestors.
But their main purpose was to remind them of the continuing redemptive purposes and work of God.
The genealogies will eventually bring the line of David into view … and it was from this royal family that the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Messiah, Jesus the Christ, would come.
Starting with Adam, the great family of our Lord begins to unfold: Adam, to Noah’s sons (1:1-4), the Japhethites (1:5-7), the Hamites (1:8-16), the Semites (1:17-27).
The family of Abraham, the descendants of Hagar, Keturah, Sarah, Esau. The people of Seir in Edom, rulers of Edom (1:28-54). The sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher (2:1) followed by Judah, Hezron, Caleb, Jerahmeel, Caleb (2:3-55).
Chapter 3 lists the sons of David and the royal line after the exile. Although the earthly kingdom of David was gone, the people are reminded that his descendants live on … so hope lives for the coming of the Righteous King.
God’s plan is still at work in the people’s lives … always caring for … always loving … always providing … always working.
This is easy to see for those of us who read it in the rear view of history.
For those that read this and were still waiting for the Messiah it was a welcome reminder. We need reminders today … and to think they can be found in a list of names!
Tomorrow’s Reading – Psalms 46-45, 49, 84-85, and 87