1 Chronicles – The Family of David

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Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general.

1 Chronicles: The Spiritual Life of David (about 40 years)

In this section of the history of the Bible you can get a bit confused if you don’t realize that each pair of books – Samuel, Kings and Chronicles – were “stand alone” histories in their own right. When they were added to the Bible, they covered similar sections of history just as much as they revealed new material. 1 Chronicles takes us back to King David and shows us his spiritual life.

In this book we see the victories of King David. Missing are most of the failures we are more familiar with. Clearly the author intended for the reader to comprehend the cause-and-effect relationships between David’s spiritual lifestyle and his successes. We can break the book into six sections. Let’s look at section one today …

The Family of David (1-9)

In this section we can see:

  • The family traced from Adam to Jacob. (1)
  • The family traced from Jacob to David. (2)
  • The family traced from David to the captivity. (3)
  • The families of Israel traced. (4-8)
  • The families of the remnant from captivity traced. (9)

Remember the lesson of this section of God’s Word is similar to the end of 2 Kings, but with a different application: You are free to choose to follow God with all the passion of your life; and you are going to enjoy the rewards and blessings of a God who loves and lives in and through His people on Earth.

It is our hope that this background information helps a bit as you read on in the Bible.

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