Saturday, April 27, 2013

April 27 – 1 Chronicles 6

Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from 1 Chronicles 6. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.

I think we are about done reading through the listing of names, at least here in Chronicles. I have admitted, and I will admit today that sometimes it is hard to read these lists. They certainly serve a purpose. One of the greatest things they show is how the nation of Israel was exactly as God promised it would be … all descendants of Abraham. Each Israelite can trace their heritage back through their tribal clan. It is then through there they go back through to their fathers Jacob, Isaac and to Abraham.

God has certainly fulfilled part of the promise he made to Abraham. His decedents are as numerous as the sand on the sea shore. Now while that part of the promise has found fulfillment God is still working out the larger promise … to bless all peoples on earth through him. That will come in partiality when Solomon is king. It will be during his day that Israel will rise to its greatest power. They are placed as a nation in the Promised Land at the cross roads of the ancient world. They will bless all people on earth. However, the greatest fulfillment of that promise is yet to come. At this point in our narrative we are nearly one thousand years away from the birth of Jesus.

Let me ask you a few questions as you read these names … is it interesting to you to see how God has worked in the life of the Israelites? Do you find the chronological reading plan of the Bible helping you to understand the entirety of the story of God? I hope so. I hope you have enjoyed doing it this way even if it seems very scattered.

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