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