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1 Chronicles 7–8

archie1Well guys, we are coming to the end of the genealogies.  I’ll admit, I feel like I’ve said all I have to say about these genealogies.  I’ve looked at several commentaries for today’s reading and they all pretty much say what has already been shared.  With that said, I did find a text that had some thoughts on a couple of issues related to today’s reading.  I’ll simply share that with you as today’s post:

The Bible Reader’s Companion(Richards, L. O., Wheaton: Victor Books. 1991)

Why are Dan and Zebulun left out? (4:1–7:40) Write down the tribes whose genealogies are listed, and you discover that two tribes are not mentioned. It is not because these tribes disappear from history. Rather the author has included Levi and counted the half–tribe of Manasseh (5:23–24) as a complete clan. So he has reached the number 12 without any mention of Dan and Zebulun. His purpose is to show that God has faithfully preserved the descendants of Abraham, and the number 12 symbolizes the whole people, so there is no need to include genealogies of the other 2 tribes.

Why mention cities and districts? The genealogies in these chapters frequently specify districts and cities within Palestine that were originally given to families within the tribes. This is an important reminder that God’s commitment to Israel was not only spiritual, but temporal as well. God promised His people a land, and though most tribes were dispossessed at the time the Chronicler wrote, they still retain the title deed to the land God originally granted them. It may be hard for us to realize that we too possess blessings we are not currently experiencing. God grants us the title deed, and we rejoice at the certain prospect of what most surely will be ours.

Gibeon vs. Jerusalem (8:1–9:44). The passage is designed to contrast the inhabitants of Gibeon, who are associated with Israel’s failed king, Saul, with those who live in Jerusalem, the city of David. While both cities were important centers, God had not chosen Gibeon. But He did choose Jerusalem, not as Israel’s political capital but as the location for His temple. It was in Jerusalem, where the ark rested, that God met with His people. It was Jerusalem where the priests offered sacrifices for sin. It was Jerusalem where the Levites led in worship. Thus the repopulation of Jerusalem was evidence that God still poured out salvation and blessing on His people, and a promise that one day the promised Deliverer of Messiah’s line would appear. As long as Jerusalem stood ready, and God’s people worshiped the Lord there, history would move toward God’s appointed and blessed end.”

Things will get a little more interesting tomorrow so keep reading!  Don’t forget your purpose: Glorify God!

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

(Originally posted 5/6/10)

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