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1 Chronicles

Random thoughts on 1 & 2 Chronicles

As I’ve worked my way through all of 1 Chronicles and most of 2 Chronicles so far this year with my reading plan, some things have stood out to me that I thought I would share. Although 1-2 Chronicles covers events previously recorded in the books of Samuel and Kings, Chronicles focuses more on the meaning of the historical events rather than on the events themselves. Specifically, the book focuses on the transition from Mosaic covenant to royal covenant and from the law and prophets to the kingship and temple. The Israelites are reminded of God’s promise to secure the kingdom of Israel for David and his descendents forever. This is a strong reminder of their future hope.

Secondly, Chronicles marks a move from the law and sacrifice to obedience, repentance and grace. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God offers to forgive the truly repentant.

if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV)

Rather than just being a place to fulfill ritualistic worship practices, the temple was now becoming a monument to the grace of God where the repentant could find forgiveness.

I’m not sure if there are any theologians that would validate these thoughts, but these are just some themes that I have seen as I’ve walked through these books in the last couple of months.

A public commendation

In the 28th chapter of 1st Chronicles, David is essentially passing the batton to his son Solomon. David is taking advantage of the opportunity to publicly charge and exhort Solomon to know God and to follow Him whole heartedly and with a willing mind. He also hands off the plans for the temple that Solomon is to build for God.

There is one sentence in particular that jumps out at me. In verse 20 David says to Solomon, “Be strong and courageous and do it.” I like that. Short and to the point. And in an effort to follow suit, I’ll skip all my observations and interpretations surrounding the context of David’s commendation of Solomon and get straight to the application that I take away from that one sentence. Too bad Nike has already coined the term but really, the application is to “Just Do It”.

If God has called you to something, do not be afriad, do not be dismayed, for the Lord God is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. If God has called you to do something, He will equip you with everything you need in order to be odedient to His calling. Notice, I didn’t say that He will necessarily equip you with everything you need in order to be successful. But He will equip you to respond in obedience. And that is all we are responsible for–to respond in faithful obedience which oftentimes requires strength and courage. Strenght and courage to reject passivity and inaction. Strength and courage to not ask, “what if”. Strength and courage to leave the results to God. Strength and courage to reject the wisdom of the world and instead, listen to the quiet voice of our Lord.

Lord, grant me the strength and courage necessary to respond in obedience to that which you have already called me. Be glorified!

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