Not by Ourselves

READ : 1 Chronicles 10-12 The writer of Chronicles now tells us the same story we studied in 2 Samuel, adding some details and omitting others. Here he tells us of all the people who helped David. Even David could not do what needed to be done by himself. So also, we need to work as a team with others in the church of Jesus Christ. The New Testament makes it clear that all Christians are part of the body …

Sorrowing and Serving

READ : 1 Chronicles 7-9 Mention is made in the midst of the genealogies that Ephraim lost two sons and people came to comfort him. We are reminded that, although we have here a long list of names, all of them were human beings with the same kinds of joys and sorrows that we have. The world today is full of billions of people who are having similar experiences. We become so absorbed in our own concerns and those of …

Prayer and Service

READ : 1 Chronicles 4-6 Here and there in the genealogical records we have a note about an individual. Jabez is called “more honorable than his brothers.” He was a man of prayer who desired God’s blessing and His protection and “God granted what he asked” (4:10). Mention is made of expert soldiers “ready for service” (5:20). While they were carrying out their responsibilities they were also praying and God “granted their entreaty because they trusted in him.” We must …

From Generation to Generation

READ : 1 Chronicles 1-3 If you only skimmed through these chapters, I do not blame you. This probably is the best way to handle the material before us. Until now the narrative from Genesis to 2 Kings has been pretty much in chronological order. Here, however, another author covers basically the same material as 2 Samuel, the reign of David. Tradition has it that the author was Ezra, who continues the story through his own time. These genealogies often …

The End Comes

READ : 2 Kings 24,25 Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, now crushes Judah. This Scripture says he did it at God’s command because of sin. It says further that God would not pardon. Why? Because God only pardons those who repent and put their trust in His promises. The leaders and those with technological skills are taken into exile in Babylon. Only the poor who had no means of resistance remain. Babylon places Zedekiah on the throne of Judah and when …

Parents and Children

READ : 2 Kings 21-23 Why do some godly people have children who are ungodly? We do not understand. All we can do is seek to be faithful in raising our children in the ways of the Lord. Hezekiah, who had been such a good man, had a son, Manasseh, who was one of the worst kings of Judah. Amon, son of Manasseh, was also evil. But Amon’s son Josiah was a very good man, carrying out a most extensive …