How long since you read 1st Chronicles? What makes those first nine chapters worth putting in the Holy Bible? Those chapters are not full of sermon texts to say the least! I had a friend who told me she loved to read the OT names, that she pronounced each one because it was fun. Bless her. To each his (her) own. This certified reading teacher (me) suggests it is a good place to practice your scanning skills. But you might miss a few gems if you don’t slow down once in a while.
First I will note that this chronicle of names is very important to the Hebrew people. It is important to us Christians to see the lineage of Jesus. It also holds a lesson for me of the importance of family structure.
Here are some “human interest” items I’d like to point out.
- That fellow discussed in 4:8-10 is right interesting. I spent most of my life not knowing him, but he is worth thinking about. If you haven’t all ready, you might like researching some of the commentaries. (Don’t pay attention to the bullet. I was trying to find out how to use them. Couldn’t use, neither could I “un-use.”) 😀
1:19 “one was named Peleg because in his time the earth was divided.” Advocates of a young earth see this as quite important. I wonder why it was inserted in this chronicled account of Israel’s linage if it was not important. Interesting to me
Why does 2:21 point out that Hezron was 60 years old when he married his wife? Does it mean he was an old bachelor? If he was, why would that be that rare? Don’t know, but I’m curious.
2:35 Sheshan gave his daughter in marriage to his servant Jarha. Did that break down some “caste” system? Is it in the Bible because it is right or because it is wrong? Any ideas?
Interesting jobs – scribes (2:54), gatekeepers (8:22) and musicians in chap 9—okay with me; those sounds pretty “churchy.” And of course “bakers” in Chap 9—eating, that’s churchy. But why craftsmen (4:14), linen workers (4:21) and potters (4:23)? Why do they rate Bible mention?
Hey, the scripture sure gives sexism a kick with 7:24. Curious? Have a look. OK, I’ll give it to you: “His daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth Horon as well as Uzzen Sheerah.” How do you like that? I guess God is not as sexist as He is accused of being. This woman built two towns. She probably ordered some men around, don’t you think? And I love that one of the towns was named for her.
Then there is the following scripture jewel to carry with you as I am doing right now. When anxiety tries to creep in, I say, “the battle is the Lords. I’ve placed it at the cross. He is well able to handle my battles. And He will because I trust in Him.”
5:20-22 …because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him…because the battle was God’s.”
You got answers for my questions, please comment; you got questions for my answers, please comment>