January 5, 2024

1 and 2 Chronicles – Commentary

The history of Judah and, especially, David and his descendants was the focus
of these Books. The Books were probably compiled during Judah's captivity
and written after the return from the captivity. The writer was unknown, but it
had been conjectured that Ezra, “a ready scribe”, probably wrote the Books
(Ezra 7:6). The Books were written with a view to preserving the divine records
of the David's family and dynasty in respect of the Kingdom. They also record
the religious order as established in Jerusalem by the directives of the king;
and attended to by the priests and Levites. The records of the Books attempted
to “draw all lines of redemptive history to their focal point in David” (Scofield
Reference Bible; Introduction to 1 Chronicles). David was the King, God
enthroned to “pioneer the Kingdom” as God would want, and his Seed would
later confirm and establish. David was also the King that had the honourof
receiving the divine vision and guidelines for a modified ecclesiastical order,
pattern for temple construction and services, for Israel (1 Chronicles 16:8-12;
22:5-13). The 1 Chronicles has (1) the genealogies from Adam to the twelve
tribes of Israel (Chapters 1 to 9). (2) The last days of King Saul and his death
(Chapter 10). (3) The reign of David, re-arrangement of the ecclesiastical order
and temple construction preparations (Chapters 11 to 29). The 2 Chronicles
contains (1) the reign of Solomon and account of the building and dedication of
the temple (Chapters 1-9). (2) The division of the Kingdom and history of Judah
from the time of Rehoboam to the destruction of Jerusalem, the captivity and
return from it (Chapters 10 to 36). Wishing you good understanding in the study
of the lessons, you are blessed in His name. Amen.

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