The wayyyyyy too brief overview of 1 Chronicles
Back in the olden days, DNA tests, Ancestry.com, and even the Maury Povich show were nonexistent. So what did scholars and citizens of Israel do to check their family histories and royal bloodlines? Why they read 1 Chronicles of course!
This book mainly focuses on all the family trees of the first man, Adam, with his wife, Eve. It also gives a summary of everything that’s happened in Israelite history up to King David. So if you needed a refresher on previous events so far, let’s take a dive through history with this brief overview:
The first half of Chronicles is split into 2 main ideas:
Adam to David’s Family Lineage
The beginning of this book tells us about the long lines of the family born of Adam.
Countless names are listed to give you an idea of blessed lineages that would bring future salvation to the land of Israel (Ruth and Boaz being David’s great-grandparents…leading up to Jesus, King of Kings, being a descendant of David.) Here’s a reminder of the 12 tribes of Israel:
Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Gad, Naphtali, and Asher
David’s Reign As King
1 Chronicles goes into pretty big detail reminiscing on the Lord’s best king of the Old Testament. From his struggles against Saul to his complete anointing over Israel, David has had a blessed rollercoaster of a ride as the king. Some of the greatest accomplishments were:
– Defeating the Philistines (toughest army to beat at the time)
– Making Plans to Build the Temple of God
– Bringing the Ark of the Covenant Back to Jerusalem
– Writing Many Famous Psalms and Prayers to God
And that’s a super short recap of 1 Chronicles. You can also check out Overview Bible, which has a bunch of info on every book of the Bible.
Find out how themes in this chapter have significance to our everyday lives as young adults!
Big Takeaway #1- God can give you a back door or a secret path to success.
1 Chronicles 14:13-15 – “Once more the Philistines raided the valley. So David inquired of God again and God answered him, “Do not go directly after them, but circle around them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move out to battle, because that will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine Army.”
Soon after David becomes anointed as the king over Israel, the Philistines come in full force to challenge him. They raid a valley near David’s kingdom to pose a threat to the new ruler.
But king David doesn’t let the intimidation bother him. He simply runs to the Lord and asks what his next moves should be. The Lord gives him a brilliant plan that guarantees his success against the Philistines. And the rest is history for David’s reign as the greatest king of his time.
The big takeaway for us young adults from 1 Chronicles 14:13-15
Not only does God lead the battle lines, fighting our battles for us; He is our spiritual commander-in-chief ready to map out strategies to defeat our problems.
Praying to Him for counsel and consulting as we make large decisions in our life can lead to new enlightenment with a backdoor to success that we never could have thought of.
This is what made the clear divide of difference between Saul and David. Saul (like many of us) doesn’t consult God before his actions. He doesn’t have time to wait on His word and convinced himself that he held all the answers.
Instead, Saul took ownership in the moment of his actions and hoped that God would bless his direction, his plans, and his leadership. Despite not giving the Lord credit for even crowning him a king in the first place.
Ultimately, due to his human imperfection, he committed wrongs in the eyes of the Lord by trusting in himself rather than the Lord. Which tragically lead to him losing his kingdom and life.
On the other hand, David ultimately was blessed, multiplied, and lived a long glorious life. Why? It’s simply because before every step he took, he consulted God. David truly and selflessly let God lead his path. A path that was graced with blessings, success, and victory. Start consulting with God before big decisions before putting all your trust in your judgment. The difference in outcomes will be like night and day.
Big Takeaway #2 – God will only do work that you can’t do.
1 Chronicles 28:20 “… Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”
David develops this master plan with the help of God to build a magnificent holy temple. The Lord refuses to let David build it though. Instead, He declares David’s son Solomon will be the one to make this vision a reality.
David relays all this heavy information to Solomon so he’ll be fully equipped to fulfill God’s will during his reign as new king.
The big takeaway for us young adults from 1 Chronicles 28:20
Just because God has an amazing plan to bless you, this does guarantee that it’s going to be easy! We still have to put the work in ourselves in order for God to bless the work we complete. God can’t bless something if there’s nothing there (progress, efforts, etc.) to bless!
A great saying is, “God will only do the work that you can’t do.” God will not touch things that you are fully capable of doing. Mainly to see if you truly believe and have faith in the vision He sends you. But once you max out your ability to finish your work, that’s when God comes in as relief and takes over to see your dreams and His will fulfilled.
Up Next – 2 Chronicles
With Adam to David’s recap complete, jump on over to the second half of Israel’s history starting with King Solomon in 2 Chronicles!