This may very well be the beginning of the most difficult reading so far in our Read the Bible through Series. The difficulty is the result of the repetition of much of the same material and same lessons as Samuel and Kings. But hangeth thou in there and persevere. There is something that God wants us to learn. For me, that something that He wants us to learn is summed up in one word: perspective.
Chronicles cannot be understood properly without reading it from the right perspective. Scholars have traditionally attributed the writing of Chronicles to Ezra. If this is correct, then we can begin to see the perspective of his writing. Ezra’s passion was to rebuild the temple and resurrect right worship after the exile. What better way to call people to action than to remind them of the glorious ancestry and the glory of the former temple. For us, Chronicles provides an historical perspective of the temple, but for the original readers, the Chronicles were a call to action.
For some, chapters 1-9 might seem pointless, but if you have ever worked on your family genealogy, your opinion might be somewhat different. For these post-exilic Jews, most who had never lived in the
Again, the purpose of Chronicles is to show the returning exiles of the plan that God has always had for them. Maybe today we need to be reminded that God has a special plan for our lives. Maybe you feel like you have been living in spiritual exile. If so, take heart, God has a plan for your life.