Week #56; Wed, Jan 23, 2019, 1 Chronicles 1:1-6:81

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. The genealogy of the descendants from Adam to the written proclamation by Cyrus, king of Persia, is documented in 1st and 2nd Chronicles.
2. Samuel and Kings are confirmed by Chronicles
3. Because of the high number of descendant relationships described in Chronicles from Adam through David, there is value in concentrating on just the names tied to the “Bloodline of Christ.” See: Alfred T. Eade, “The Expanded Panorama Bible Study Course: From the Creation of the Angels to the New Jerusalem.”
4. The Gospel also gains reinforcement through God’s creation of one man through one blood line for all nations; all being descended from Adam.
5. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogies_in_the_Bible and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogies_in_the_Bible#Family_tree_of_Abraham for useful charts and maps that highlight the genealogy of Christ from Adam (with notes on important connections).
6. The dwelling places, pasturelands, and settlements were given borders by tribe.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
1 Chronicles 1, Adam to Abram (Abraham); Abraham to Jacob
1. Adam’s descendants lead to Abraham and Jacob.
2. Abraham’s descendants (Israel and Ishmael) lead to wide divisions that give rise to conflict between the two lines that continues today.
3. The descendants of Israel lead to salvation through Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

1 Chronicles 2, Genealogy of David
1. Descendants of Joseph (Israel) lead to the ten tribes of Israel (Reuben, Simon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Gad, Asher, Dan, Naphtali, Joseph) and two tribes of Judah (Judah and Benjamin); twelve tribes total.
2. Jesse fathered seven sons including David
3. David’s descendants lead to Christ Jesus.

1 Chronicles 3, David’s Descendants
1. David’s descendants lead to Solomon (and the construction of the Temple of the Lord).

1 Chronicles 4, Descendants of Judah; Descendants of Simeon
1. Many descendants were grouped by the kind of work they performed (linen workers, potters, etc.)
2. Families were often large; often over 20.

1 Chronicles 5, Descendants of Reuben; Descendants of Gad; Descendants of the Half-Tribe of Manasseh
1. Reuben was the firstborn of Israel, but he defiled his father’s couch and his birthright was given to Joseph.
2. Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh were taken into exile by Assyria; they broke faith with the God of their fathers and whored after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them.

1 Chronicles 6, Descendants of Levi
1. Azariah served as priest in the house that Solomon built in Jerusalem.
2. Levites were appointed for all the service of the tabernacle of the house of God.

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