READING THE BOOK OF First Chronicles CHAPTER one.
The sons of Noah: Shem, Ham and Japheth. (1 Chronicles 1:4 NIV)
Historical background of the books of Chronicles.
- To the modern reader the nine chapters of 1 Chronicles may feel like an impenetrable wall and exhausting experience of reading name after name. Even more when some of them are completely unknown. This readings not only look very tiring for some, but they are missing the reason for such a lists of names. These genealogies emphasize the predecessors of King David.
- When reading the book of Chronicles one should remember that Ezra, the author of a book, is not repeating historical events recounted in Samuel and Kings, but wants to emphasize God’s faithfulness to the covenant made with David, and encourages readers to be obedient to God.
- In this first chapter we see that since the fall of Adam and Eve, God has always had a remnant apart from all the inhabitants of the earth. First were the descendants of Seth, then the descendants of Shem, and finally the descendants of Abraham. They became the flag bearers of truth and faithfulness for God.
Dear Father of the world. We praise you because you always have deigned to preserve a remnant people to maintain the truth, doctrine and worship for you as you deserve it. We pray for your love and kindness, and for our names to be written in the book of life, we want to rejoice with you for all eternity. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios, Translated and adapted by Pablo J. Rios.