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1 & 2 Chronicles

CREATION TO EZRA RECAP

These books are not to be missed. They are not just a repeat of the stories we have in Kings, the author of Chronicles shows us the faithfulness of God from creation to the time of the Book of Ezra, and how He keeps His covenant promise to David. Focusing on the Davidic dynasty, the building of the Temple, worship, prayer and the speeches, you are going to love having a front row seat throughout the history of Israel. These first two books lead straight into the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, so get ready for a journey that will take you from the beginning, into exile and out again.

PART ONE | PART TWO

 
 

 

Part One

I WILL SET HIM OVER MY HOUSE AND MY KINGDOM FOREVER; HIS THRONE WILL BE ESTABLISHED FOREVER.

1C 17:14


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IT’S EASY. YOU JUST CHIP AWAY THE STONE THAT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE DAVID.

Our title this week is what Michelangelo supposedly said when asked how he sculpted the infamous statue of David. Whether Michelangelo said this or not, this is exactly what the author of Chronicles has done with the history of Israel. 1 and 2 Chronicles occasionally feel like a re-run of the Samuel and Kings texts and, at times, are an exact extraction. However, the author of Chronicles has removed the sections that are not necessary to his goal and added parts from other sources. And what is the author’s goal? To show you the lineage from Adam to the current time in history, the focused history of the lineage of David and the southern kingdom of Judah. He removes anything unrelated, just like Michelangelo, revealing a concentrated historic look at the line of Judah. He focuses in on David and Solomon, the promise that God gave them and the building of the Temple.



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Part Two

NOW, LORD GOD, LET YOUR PROMISE TO MY FATHER DAVID BE CONFIRMED.

2c 1:9


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THE GOLDEN THREAD OF JESUS THROUGH CHRONICLES

As I read 1 and 2 Chronicles as someone this side of the New Testament, I cannot help but see a beautiful thread of the promise of God to David and Solomon, and his faithfulness to his people. This beautiful golden thread that the author is portraying shows how God was faithful even when the people and kings of Judah were not. Time and time again when the new king of Judah is introduced just like in the story of the book of Kings you hold your breath in hope that this one will do right in the eyes of the LORD. This beautiful golden thread is not stopped by the formula of what constitutes a right king and what constitutes an evil one because even when the kings do the wrong thing God is still faithful to his promise and his remnant still prevail.

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