Monday, June 30, 2008

JOURNEY THROUGH 1 CHRONICLES

Here are some takeaways from my recent read through 1 Chronicles (each number relates to that particular chapter). Chronicles actually tells the same story as Samuel-Kings. It is told 100+ years later and from a different perspective. One of the major things I noticed is that the book reminds us of the primary place worship should hold in our lives.

  1. The list of names reminds us of the importance of individual people in the community of faith.
  2. Names and more names
  3. Little wonder David's family was always in a mess. While living in Hebron for 7 1/2 years, he had six sons. Each of the six had a different mother.
  4. Lately, I've heard preachers make fun of the "Prayer of Jabez" craze. I see nothing wrong with making the prayer my personal prayer if I so choose. The verses DO standout in the midst of long lists of names.
  5. Another gem tucked away amongst the scores of names: "God answered their prayers because they trusted Him." (5:20)
  6. Worship leaders and ministers of music are not a modern phenomenon. Roots go back at least to King David.
  7. How would you like to be named Beriah which means "unlucky"?
  8. The Bible has teachings throughout on divorce, but I don't recall reading of specific names of people who divorced. But here it is. In 8:8, Shaharaim divorced his wives Hushin and Baara.
  9. Verse 1 states the reason the people of God were sent into exile--unbelief and disobedience.
  10. How do I want to finish my life? King Saul provides a negative example. He died in disobedience to God.
  11. Mark Batterson, pastor in D.C., has written a popular book based on 11:22--In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. I'm reading it right now--great read!
  12. I love the words of Amasai who was moved by the Holy Spirit--words that any leader loves to hear: "We're on your side....we're committed."
  13. The falling ark is a classic story that sometimes the best of motives will backfire on us.
  14. When believers obey God, non-believers begin to fear God.

(part 2 of 1 Chronicles next time)

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