Sunday, October 09, 2011

1 Chronicles

Chapter 1
Gives a genealogy that starts with Adam and ends with Jacob/Israel.

Chapter 2
Genealogy that begins with Israel and ends with the father of the house of Rechab.

Chapter 3
Genealogy of David recounted past the time of the Babylonian captivity.

Chapter 4
Lists genealogies originating with Judah and Simeon, two of Israel's sons.

Chapter 5
Tells the genelogy of Reuben, Jacob's eldest son. It also recounts the unfaithfulness of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh who settled east of the Jordan River.

Chapter 6
Gives the genealogy of Levi. The priestly lineage is found within Levi and is focused on along with the specific lands given to the Levites.

Chapter 7
Gives genealogies of the tribes of Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, and Asher.

Chapter 8
Revisits genealogy of Benjamin leading up to King Saul. It also lists generations that came from King Saul.

Chapter 9
Lists prominent people and their positions within Israel. Focuses on Saul and his family as the chapter closes.

Chapter 10
Tells the story of the death of Saul and his sons in battle. The courage of the men of Jabesh-Gilead is mentioned regarding their willingness to honor Saul, and the judgment of God regarding Saul is made clear.

Chapter 11
This tells of David's appointment as king and his arrival in Jerusalem. It also lists David's "mighty men." These are great warriors known for their amazing victories and exploits.

Chapter 12
This tells of those who joined David while he was still in exile from Saul, and it speaks of those who came to him in Hebron after Saul's death but before David was king over all Israel from Jerusalem.

Chapter 13
Tells the story of David's early attempt to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem. He experiences anger because God puts a man to death for touching the ark of the covenant in transit.

Chapter 14
David becomes prominent and marries more wives and enlarges his family once his throne is established. David battles the Philistines and calls upon God's help and guidance in the midst of the battles. He is victorious, and God causes the nations to fear him.

Chapter 15
After building himself houses, David seeks to bring the ark to Jerusalem again. This time he does so in the way that is proscribed by God. They make sacrifices and make it a joyous event. In the midst of the celebration, David dances in a way that causes his wife, Michal, to have disdain for David.

Chapter 16
They bring the ark into the tent, and the celebration continues. David appoints Levites to minister AND to "officially" celebrate, thank and praise the Lord. David assigns Asaph and his relatives to give thanks for the first time that day.(I believe this is the same Asaph seen regularly as an author of many Psalms.) A specific psalm of thanks is recorded. After much praise, thanks, and celebration, the people and David returned to their homes.

Chapter 17
David believes it is wrong for himself to dwell in a large mansion while the ark is housed in a tent. God tells David that he will not build him a house, but God will bless and honor him and protect and prosper Israel under him. God said a descendant of David would build Him a house, and God would establish his kingdom. David expresses humility and awe at God's promises. He is deeply moved and expresses thanks and praise to God.

Chapter 18
The victories of David are recounted, and the individuals he had serving in his administration are mentioned by name. (18:5 "...the Lord gave David victory everywhere he went.)

Chapter 19
After the death of King Nahash, David seeks to send messengers to the Ammonites and the son of Nahash(the new king) to express kindness and friendship. The new king's counselors convince him that David is using these men as a pretense. According to the counselors, they were sent to spy. The new king believes them, and he chooses to disgrace the men. This gradually escalates and becomes a major battle between Israel and the Ammonites and the Arameans. It becomes a major victory for Israel.

Chapter 20
Joab leads the army and accomplishes many victories for David. The Ammonites and Philistines are defeated.

Chapter 21
Satan incites David to take a census which they knew to be a sin. David acknolwedges his guilt and pleads for mercy. God gives him three choices of potential judgments. David chooses the one most directly in God's control and trusts in the mercy of God. David offers a sacrifice, and God stops judging and has mercy on the people.

Chapter 22
David begins preparing the materials for the temple. He charges Solomon to build it.

Chapter 23
David states Solomon will be king. David appoints people to carry out various tasks. David shifts Levite responsibility to assisting the priests because the tabernacle will become the temple which is permanent.

Chapter 24
Tells of priestly lineage.

Chapter 25
David sets aside sons of Asaph, sons of Heman, and sons of Jeduthun. They are to serve as musicians for God at the temple.

Chapter 26
The various guards/gatekeepers are listed. The keeper of the temple treasures are also listed. Leaders are appointed for all Israel on the other side of the Jordan River.

Chapter 27
Various army leaders, tribal leaders, overseers, teachers, and counselors are named.

Chapter 28
David gives a speech to the people. He announces Solomon as king and builder of the temple. He publicly charges him to embrace and not forsake God. He warns him. A general list of materials is given to Solomon along with the specific plans for the temple.

Chapter 29
David continues to speak publicly. He tells of the preparations made so far, and he gives of his own wealth also. He invites others to give voluntarily and many do. David blesses God and prays. He acknowledges that everything is God's, and he cries out for his son. He encourages the people to bless God. They offer many sacrifices with gladness. Solomon is made king, and he is highly exalted by God. David dies full of riches and honor.