Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17 / Romans 9:22-10:4 / Psalm 89:14-18
The book of Chronicles is usually not high on a person’s devotional reading list. People get overwhelmed with the large amount of genealogies, ancestry, and history. It is difficult to connect all the names, let alone pronounce them! If you skip over the names…you are not alone.
Chronicles is very important to the Jewish nation as it traces their history as well as the promises and faithfulness of God. Genealogies were not only important to Israel, they were also important to God. Historical records were often lost but God validates and places them in His Word for us to read today. In these divine pages, we see the redemptive work and purpose of God unfolded.
God promised The Messiah would come through Abraham’s descendants and through the line of David. From one generation to another, God systematically worked His purpose out through that promised line, despite man’s frailty and sin.
We are reminded of one such example when we read of Judah’s sons, “Er, Onan and Shelah. These three were born to him by a Canaanite woman, the daughter of Shua. Er, Judah’s firstborn was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death. Tamar, Judah’s daughter-in-law, bore him Perez and Zerah. Judah had five sons in all.” (1 Chronicles 2:3,4)
The Messiah was to come through Judah’s line but God brought the judgment of death upon his wicked sons Er and Onan. Through a series of twisted events, Judah unknowingly fathered a child with his spurned and deceitful daughter-in-law Tamar. (Genesis 38) Twins were born to Tamar and God chose The Messianic line to come through Perez.
God’s law stated, “No one born of a forbidden marriage (or illegitimate birth) nor any of his descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, even down to the tenth generation.” (Dt. 23:2) This restriction (curse) was not lifted until the Perez’s 10th generation…David! God’s promise of the scepter not departing from Judah was fulfilled despite man’s disobedience and interference. God amazingly reaffirms His plan again by promising David an established throne to The Messiah and beyond. Allow God to stir your heart and faith as you read His Word including Chronicles…He had a divine plan/purpose for every name listed and for us as well!