• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 30, 2021

Daily Reading: I Chronicles 1-2

I Chronicles 1:1 Adam, Sheth, Enosh,

The book of I Chronicles begins with the name Adam setting forth the tone of the entire book which is to chronicle the genealogy and history of Israel. Compiled after the return from Babylonian captivity this book sets forth the official order of the Levitical priesthood and confirms the borders of the various lots of the promise land. This was important for the resettlement of the land of Israel according to the historical record and the reestablishment of temple worship rites. While the two books of the Chronicles review much of that which has already been read in Samuel and Kings, these books are unique in scope and purpose.

Why the repetition? God has a purpose. The books of Samuel and Kings deal with the history of the Jews prior to their captivity by Nebuchadnezzar. Chronicles deals with the history of the nation after the captivity. Repetition in the Bible is important, for a reason that is mostly beyond human understanding Almighty God desired us to have and read these books just as He gave them.

I Chronicles begins with an interesting man, Adam. The only man without a mother or father, the only man who could have seen God's creative ability, the only man to live in the Garden of Eden and the man who brought forth death upon all men and women. Adam is where it all started proving once again that God made all men from a common ancestor. This fact is proven in Acts 17:26: And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;.

This simple beginning of this book reminds the reader that Adam was the beginning of the human race. Adam of whom we all sprung. Adam who made a choice that continues to affect every person today. Adam whose testimony is both a reminder of God's love and sacrifice as well as His judgment and authority.

Today we begin a new book. The book of I Chronicles. To me, beginning a new book of the Bible is better than wearing a new suit for the first time. Oh, the things we will read in its pages. Stay tuned!

Until tomorrow, live for Christ (the last Adam [I Corinthians 15:45]) today.

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