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.