O. T. #929 "A Diary, Journal, or Minutes"
Feb. 20, 2017
1 Chronicles Summary
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root ad the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. Revelation 22:16
Have you ever kept a diary, journal, or minutes of a meeting? During my teenage years, I kept a detailed diary, which was destroyed later so no one would read it. Ezra found it important to keep information for his people, the Jews, the nation chosen and beloved of God.
That is what the word Chronicles means in the Hebrew language. Did you know that First and Second Chronicles are of a four-book series that includes Ezra and Nehemiah? (Holman)
This book was written by the Prophet and Priest Ezra. It covers the same time period of 1 and 2 Kings. What previously happened to Judah and Israel was their capture by the Babylonian Empire for 70 years. Cyrus, king of Persia, allowed Jews to return to their homeland and repair it.
As the Jews returned to their desolate homeland, that new generation needed a history lesson, which included their genealogy with the Patriarchs. Ezra's purpose for writing this book was for Israel to be reminded of their history, as well as teach them doctrinal and moral truth. King David emphasized the Jewish covenant with God, His worship and the priesthood restored. The Ark, the Temple, the devotion of Judah's kings, the Levites service, and Temple singers were significant in Israel's religion.
Rebuilding Jerusalem after the exile must have been quite a task. There were over 30,000 who returned with Zerubbabel on the first trip. What was the first thing the Jews did? In Ezra 3, it tells us the men built an altar for burnt offerings to God, as was written in the law of Moses, the man of God.
Now that is starting out on the right foot!
God would keep His part of the Davidic Covenant, in that one of David's descendants would remain as Israel's king. Jesus was and is one of those. He is now and will be forever sitting on the right hand of God, serving as the Eternal King interceding for you and me and His believing Jews. Glory!
We know that every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.
Are you prepared, friend?