Bible in 90 Days 13: 1 CHRONICLES

Today is Day 33 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days.

It’s normal, while reading through 1 Chronicles, to feel like you’re suffering from some major déjà vu. It’s understandable. I’ve been there too. I’ve even double-checked the page I was on to make sure I wasn’t in 2 Samuel or 1 Kings.

In fact, because of that, I’ll keep this blog pretty short and refer you back to my blog on 2 Samuel (which is real similar to 1 Chronicles).

However, there are a few important things to note about 1 Chronicles…

One is that most commentators agree that Chronicles were written much later than Samuel and Kings, probably under Ezra’s leadership, after the return from captivity. So although Chronicles is fully of names, family lines, and history, it stands as a firm reminder to never forsake God. By the time it was written, they spoke from experience about the dangers of idolatry and turning from the Lord.

We can learn a lot from that. Every once in a while, it can be very beneficial to take a look back. Not that you should dwell in the past or beat yourself up over things you’ve already repented of, but it’s good to remind yourself of where you came from. After all, like Peter wrote, we’ve “lived enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles.”

How long did you lived in sin before you came to Christ? However long it was, was too much.

Another thing that stands about about 1 Chronicles is the prominence of worship and the Temple. In 2 Samuel and 1 Kings, war was very prominent, but the author of 1 Chronicles seemed to go out of his way to mention and highlight the importance of worship the way God prescribed it. Why the highlight? Again, they had learned the hard way.

2 Chronicles is next and continues right where 1 Chronicles left off. Ezra comes next and many people believe all 3 books were originally written by Ezra as one book – you’ll notice how they fit together well.

We’re past the 1/3 mark! Keep going!


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