2664.) 1 Chronicles 9

July 18, 2019

Chapter 9 shows that God’s plans, which are the plans for the whole world, were focused on Israel throughout its history and are now being taken forward with the unlikely-looking remnant that returned to Jerusalem. There is a glorious future!

1 Chronicles 9 (NLT)

About these genealogies:

The point at which the genealogies end is as important for our interpretation of them as the point at which they begin.  While 1 Chr. chapters 2-8 cover generations from the twelve patriarchs into the later monarchy period, ch. 9 rounds off the genealogical introduction to Chr. with lists drawn from the post-exilic period.  The exile itself is mentioned briefly in v. 1.  It is not recorded for its own sake, however,  No stress is laid upon its magnitude as a disaster for Judah.  Rather it serves merely as a prelude to the record of those who returned from exile, following the decree of Cyrus (cf. 2 Chr. 36:22f), to “dwell again in their possessions.”

The restoration community, being the successor of the southern kingdom, consisted, broadly speaking, of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.  There were also a number of priests and Levites, since they had always been scattered throughout the historic territory of Israel (cf. Josh. 21).  Some of these will always have been resident in Judah and Benjamin.  Others migrated there at the fall of the northern kingdom (2 Chr. 11:13).  It is for this reason that so much attention is devoted to these three tribes in the genealogies.  For practical purposes they now constitute “Israel.”

–J. G. McConville

1 So all Israel was listed in the genealogical records in The Book of the Kings of Israel.

The Returning Exiles

The people of Judah were exiled to Babylon because they were unfaithful to the Lord.

The cause of the fall of Judah was not Babylonian strength, or incompetent Israelite leadership, or unfriendly economic forces. Instead, the writer says, it was that the people were disobedient to the Lord. It was all in God’s hands, and God chose this way to get through to the people he had called to be his own.

2 The first of the exiles to return to their property in their former towns were priests, Levites, Temple servants, and other Israelites.

The Chronicler completely skips over the 70 years of captivity between verses 1 and 2. His interest is not only in the past (demonstrated by 8 previous chapters of genealogies), but also in the present and in the future. The Israelites were back in the land. No longer was there a kingdom of Judah and another kingdom of Israel; now they were all Israelites. “Called here by the general name of Israelites, which was given to them before that unhappy division of the two kingdoms, and now is restored to them when the Israelites are united with the Jews in one and the same commonwealth, so that all the names and signs of their former division might be blotted out.” (Poole)

–David Guzik

3Some of the people from the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh came and settled in Jerusalem.

4 One family that returned was that of Uthai son of Ammihud, son of Omri, son of Imri, son of Bani, a descendant of Perez son of Judah.
5 Others returned from the Shilonite clan, including Asaiah (the oldest) and his sons.
6 From the Zerahite clan, Jeuel returned with his relatives.
In all, 690 families from the tribe of Judah returned.

7 From the tribe of Benjamin came Sallu son of Meshullam, son of Hodaviah, son of Hassenuah; 8 Ibneiah son of Jeroham; Elah son of Uzzi, son of Micri; and Meshullam son of Shephatiah, son of Reuel, son of Ibnijah.
9 These men were all leaders of clans, and they were listed in their genealogical records. In all, 956 families from the tribe of Benjamin returned.

The Returning Priests

10 Among the priests who returned were Jedaiah, Jehoiarib, Jakin, 11 Azariah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub. Azariah was the chief officer of the house of God.
12 Other returning priests were Adaiah son of Jeroham, son of Pashhur, son of Malkijah, and Maasai son of Adiel, son of Jahzerah, son of Meshullam, son of Meshillemith, son of Immer.
13In all, 1,760 priests returned. They were heads of clans and very able men. They were responsible for ministering at the house of God.

They were very able men: This same phrase is translated mighty men of valor in many other Old Testament passages (Joshua 1:14; Judges 6:12; 1 Samuel 16:18, and many others). It shows that when it came to doing the work of the service of the house of God, it takes a man of strength and courage, the same qualities that are needed in a warrior.

–David Guzik

The Returning Levites

 “When the morning broke, it called to duty first the porters who opened the House of God; and then, after due ablution, each band of white-robed Levites began its special service. There was no running to and fro in disorder, no intrusion on one another’s office, no clashing in duty, no jealousy of each other’s ministry. It was enough to know that each had been appointed to his task, and was asked to be faithful to it. The right ordering of the whole depended on the punctuality, fidelity, and conscientiousness of each.”

–F. B. Meyer

14 The Levites who returned were Shemaiah son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah, a descendant of Merari; 15 Bakbakkar; Heresh; Galal; Mattaniah son of Mica, son of Zicri, son of Asaph; 16 Obadiah son of Shemaiah, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun; and Berekiah son of Asa, son of Elkanah, who lived in the area of Netophah.
17 The gatekeepers who returned were Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their relatives. Shallum was the chief gatekeeper. 18 Prior to this time, they were responsible for the King’s Gate on the east side. These men served as gatekeepers for the camps of the Levites. 19 Shallum was the son of Kore, a descendant of Abiasaph, from the clan of Korah. He and his relatives, the Korahites, were responsible for guarding the entrance to the sanctuary, just as their ancestors had guarded the Tabernacle in the camp of the Lord.
20 Phinehas son of Eleazar had been in charge of the gatekeepers in earlier times, and the Lord had been with him. 21And later Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was responsible for guarding the entrance to the Tabernacle.

22 In all, there were 212 gatekeepers in those days, and they were listed according to the genealogies in their villages. David and Samuel the seer had appointed their ancestors because they were reliable men. 23 These gatekeepers and their descendants, by their divisions, were responsible for guarding the entrance to the house of the Lord when that house was a tent. 24 The gatekeepers were stationed on all four sides—east, west, north, and south. 25 Their relatives in the villages came regularly to share their duties for seven-day periods.

The door of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (the eastern church calls it the Church of the Resurrection) in Jerusalem. It, too, is carefully guarded.

26 The four chief gatekeepers, all Levites, were trusted officials, for they were responsible for the rooms and treasuries at the house of God. 27 They would spend the night around the house of God, since it was their duty to guard it and to open the gates every morning.

28 Some of the gatekeepers were assigned to care for the various articles used in worship. They checked them in and out to avoid any loss. 29 Others were responsible for the furnishings, the items in the sanctuary, and the supplies, such as choice flour, wine, olive oil, frankincense, and spices. 30 But it was the priests who blended the spices. 31 Mattithiah, a Levite and the oldest son of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with baking the bread used in the offerings. 32 And some members of the clan of Kohath were in charge of preparing the bread to be set on the table each Sabbath day.

Traditional challah is a rich egg bread, carefully braided, part of the Ashkenazi Jewish culture.

33 The musicians, all prominent Levites, lived at the Temple. They were exempt from other responsibilities since they were on duty at all hours.

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Music:

With the return of the priests and the Levites, worship can be resumed!

“Here I Am to Worship”  sung  HERE  by Michael W. Smith.

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34 All these men lived in Jerusalem. They were the heads of Levite families and were listed as prominent leaders in their genealogical records.

King Saul’s Family Tree

35 Jeiel (the father of Gibeon) lived in the town of Gibeon. His wife’s name was Maacah, 36 and his oldest son was named Abdon. Jeiel’s other sons were Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, 37 Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah, and Mikloth. 38 Mikloth was the father of Shimeam. All these families lived near each other in Jerusalem.
39 Ner was the father of Kish.
Kish was the father of Saul.
Saul was the father of Jonathan, Malkishua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal.
40 Jonathan was the father of Merib-baal.
Merib-baal was the father of Micah.
41 The sons of Micah were Pithon, Melech, Tahrea, and Ahaz.

Oh, not this “pithon”? (OR, Why I liked living in Florida!)

42 Ahaz was the father of Jadah.
Jadah was the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri.
Zimri was the father of Moza.
43 Moza was the father of Binea.
Binea’s son was Rephaiah.
Rephaiah’s son was Eleasah.
Eleasah’s son was Azel.
44 Azel had six sons, whose names were Azrikam, Bokeru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. These were the sons of Azel.

Do the genealogies of Chronicles speak, therefore, to Christians today? 

Wherever the Church in modern times feels itself to be of little account in the world, to have a precarious existence, despised and without real hope, its situation is in all essential respects like that of the Chronicler’s Judah.  And in all essential respects God’s word to her is as it was then.  There is yet a glorious future for the people of God.  An abundance of blessing, strength and influence  (properly and spiritually understood) is available to them, to the extent that they truly seek their God.  And at the end stands the heavenly kingdom of Jesus Christ, an end which the Chronicler in his day could only dimly intuit through the special grandeur which he saw in David, and the Davidic shape which he gave to the hope he offered to his contemporaries.  We in our day, with an advantage even over the angels (1 Pet. 1:12), have seen that end more clearly, and it will obtain a greater clarity yet (1 Cor. 13:12).

–J. G. McConville

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You made it!!

Congratulations on surviving 1 Chronicles 1-9!

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New Living Translation (NLT)   Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
Welcome Home balloon.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/welcome-home.jpg
map of the captivity of Judah.     http://www.bible-history.com/map_babylonian_captivity/map_captivity_of_judah_babylon_shg.jpg
Psalm 113 sunrise.     https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/75409-praise_the_lord.jpg
Holy Sepulcher door.    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3210/2342011650_84b2009d4a.jpg
challah.     http://www.cjb-rv.de/Vortraege/Berger_2019.pdf
Burmese python captured in south Florida.    https://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/01/22/27-pythons-killed-so-far-in-floridas-python-challenge/
on top of Tanalian Mountain, Alaska.     http://micahness.com/wp-content/uploads/forGallery/topOfMountain.jpg

2663.) 1 Chronicles 8

July 17, 2019

Readers! I am so proud of you for sticking with it!!

1 Chronicles 8 (NLT)

Descendants of Benjamin

The tribe was already mentioned in 1 Chronicles 7:6-12, but is given more attention here.

“Chronicles elaborates this material, not simply because of the significance of King Saul and his family, as it continued a dozen generations after him, but primarily because of the importance of Benjamin as a tribe, which ranked second only to Judah in postexilic society.”

–David F. Payne

Benjamin’s first son was Bela, the second was Ashbel, the third was Aharah, 2 the fourth was Nohah, and the fifth was Rapha.
3 The sons of Bela were Addar, Gera, Abihud, 4 Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah, 5 Gera, Shephuphan, and Huram.
6 The sons of Ehud, leaders of the clans living at Geba, were exiled to Manahath. 7 Ehud’s sons were Naaman, Ahijah, and Gera. Gera, who led them into exile, was the father of Uzza and Ahihud.
8 After Shaharaim divorced his wives Hushim and Baara, he had children in the land of Moab. 9 Hodesh, his new wife, gave birth to Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam, 10 Jeuz, Sakia, and Mirmah. These sons all became the leaders of clans.
11 Shaharaim’s wife Hushim had already given birth to Abitub and Elpaal. 12 The sons of Elpaal were Eber, Misham,

Oh, not this “Miss Ham”?

Shemed (who built the towns of Ono and Lod and their nearby villages), 13 Beriah, and Shema. They were the leaders of the clans living in Aijalon, and they drove out the inhabitants of Gath.
14 Ahio, Shashak, Jeremoth, 15 Zebadiah, Arad, Eder, 16 Michael, Ishpah, and Joha were the sons of Beriah.
17 Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Heber, 18 Ishmerai, Izliah, and Jobab were the sons of Elpaal.
19 Jakim, Zicri, Zabdi, 20 Elienai, Zillethai, Eliel, 21 Adaiah, Beraiah, and Shimrath were the sons of Shimei.
22 Ishpan, Eber, Eliel, 23 Abdon, Zicri, Hanan, 24 Hananiah, Elam, Anthothijah, 25 Iphdeiah, and Penuel were the sons of Shashak.
26 Shamsherai, Shehariah, Athaliah, 27 Jaareshiah, Elijah, and Zicri were the sons of Jeroham.
28These were the leaders of the ancestral clans; they were listed in their genealogical records, and they all lived in Jerusalem.

The Family of Saul

29 Jeiel (the father of Gibeon) lived in the town of Gibeon. His wife’s name was Maacah, 30 and his oldest son was named Abdon. Jeiel’s other sons were Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, 31 Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah, 32 and Mikloth, who was the father of Shimeam. All these families lived near each other in Jerusalem.
33 Ner was the father of Kish.
Kish was the father of Saul.


Saul — Israel’s first king was tall and handsome but also impulsive, jealous, and prone to do thing his own way (= disobedient). His mood swings almost cost young David his life on more than one occasion.

Saul was the father of Jonathan, Malkishua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal.

34 Jonathan was the father of Merib-baal.
Merib-baal was the father of Micah.
35 Micah was the father of Pithon, Melech, Tahrea, and Ahaz.
36 Ahaz was the father of Jadah.
Jadah was the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri.
Zimri was the father of Moza.
37 Moza was the father of Binea.
Binea was the father of Rephaiah.
Rephaiah was the father of Eleasah.
Eleasah was the father of Azel.
38 Azel had six sons: Azrikam, Bokeru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. These were the sons of Azel.
39 Azel’s brother Eshek had three sons: the first was Ulam, the second was Jeush, and the third was Eliphelet. 40Ulam’s sons were all mighty warriors and expert archers. They had many sons and grandsons—150 in all.

All these were descendants of Benjamin.

As well as St. Paul —

Romans 11:1 (ESV)

For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.

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Images courtesy of:
Boring.   https://meetinggodinthemargin.com/2017/07/01/first-reading-of-1chronicles-1-9-the-begats/
Miss Piggy.     https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/d1eb3-miss_piggy_in_pink_165218.gif
Saul tries to kill David.    http://beyondreadingthebible.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Saul-and-David.jpg
St. Paul.    http://jamesmcgahey.blogspot.com/2012/12/penal-substitution-part-6-pauls.html

2662.) 1 Chronicles 7

July 16, 2019

Interesting to think that all the names listed below are there in part to have prepared the world for “the fullness of time” when Jesus would come!

1 Chronicles 7 (NLT)

About these genealogies:

“How barren to us is this register, both of incident and interest! And yet, as barren rocks and sandy deserts make integral and necessary parts of the globe; so do these genealogical tables make necessary parts of the history of providence and grace in the maintenance of truth, and the establishment of the church of Christ. Therefore, no one that fears God will either despise or lightly esteem them.”

–Adam Clarke

As 1 Chronicles lays out the genealogies of each tribe of Israel one by one, we see Judah and Simeon (the southernmost tribes) in 1 Chronicles 4; Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh (the easternmost tribes) in 1 Chronicles 5; Levi in 1 Chronicles 6; and then Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, and Asher in 1 Chronicles 7. Curiously, the genealogies of the tribes of Zebulun and Dan are not included. What are we to make of this exclusion?

On the one hand, we don’t have much information to go on. Zebulun and Dan are both members of the northern kingdom of Israel that is eventually conquered by the Assyrians, but so are the tribes of Simeon, Reuben, Gad, Manasseh, Issachar, Naphtali, Ephraim, and Asher, and each of those tribes does receive a genealogy in these early chapters of Chronicles. Any hypothesis about what might be happening here should be held lightly because of our lack of information.

On the other hand, the exclusion of Dan in particular may have some precedent, since Dan is associated with an unusually large degree of idolatry in the stories we have read so far. For example, it is the tribe of Dan who hires the Levite named Jonathan away from Micah in Judges 18—one of the stories leading up to the wicked crime of the Benjaminite city of Gibeah in Judges 19. Furthermore, when the Danites eventually settle into the city of Laish and rename that city Dan, we read that they set up carved images for themselves to worship (Judg. 18:29–31). Then, when Jeroboam leads the ten northern tribes of Israel in rebellion against Rehoboam and the two southern tribes of Judah, the city of Dan becomes one of the places where Jeroboam sets up golden calves for the Israelites to worship (1 Kgs. 12:29–30). Additionally, the prophet Amos singles out the tribe of Dan to associate with “the Guilt of Samaria”—that is, with idolatry (Amos 8:14). Even more curiously, when the book of Revelation prophesies the sealing of groups of twelve thousand from each of the twelve tribes of Israel in Revelation 7, that list of tribes includes Zebulun but does not include Dan (Rev. 7:5–8).

What this suggests—and again, we must make our conclusions tentatively—is that Dan specifically is excluded from the list of tribes because of the tribe’s deep idolatry. Because the restoration of true worship is one of the main focuses of the Chronicles, excluding Dan may serve as a unique punishment for the most idolatrous tribe. On the whole, these written genealogies confront us with the necessity of repentance—even as we prepare to see how the new David will establish perfect worship among God’s people forever. Let us therefore seek Jesus, the Son of David, so that we may rejoice that our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20).

–Jacob D. Gerber

Descendants of Issachar

1 The four sons of Issachar were Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron.
2 The sons of Tola were Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam, and Shemuel. Each of them was the leader of an ancestral clan. At the time of King David, the total number of mighty warriors listed in the records of these clans was 22,600.
3 The son of Uzzi was Izrahiah. The sons of Izrahiah were Michael, Obadiah, Joel, and Isshiah. These five became the leaders of clans. 4 All of them had many wives and many sons, so the total number of men available for military service among their descendants was 36,000.
5The total number of mighty warriors from all the clans of the tribe of Issachar was 87,000. All of them were listed in their genealogical records.

Descendants of Benjamin

6 Three of Benjamin’s sons were Bela, Beker, and Jediael.
7 The five sons of Bela were Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth, and Iri. Each of them was the leader of an ancestral clan. The total number of mighty warriors from these clans was 22,034, as listed in their genealogical records.
8 The sons of Beker were Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth, and Alemeth. 9 Each of them was the leader of an ancestral clan. The total number of mighty warriors and leaders from these clans was 20,200, as listed in their genealogical records.
10 The son of Jediael was Bilhan. The sons of Bilhan were Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Kenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish, and Ahishahar.


Ehud — a left-handed judge of Israel and a brave man! He went to the king of Moab to deliver a secret message from the Lord, which turned out to be a foot-and-a-half long double-edged sword into the king’s belly. Then he calmly left the palace room, locking the doors behind him. The king’s guards thought the king had locked the door for privacy as he went to the bathroom! “They waited to the point of embarrassment,” Scripture says, before they broke into the room and found their king on the floor, dead. The whole priceless story is found in Judges 3:12-30.

11 Each of them was the leader of an ancestral clan. From these clans the total number of mighty warriors ready for war was 17,200.
12The sons of Ir were Shuppim and Huppim. Hushim was the son of Aher.

Descendants of Naphtali

13The sons of Naphtali were Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem. They were all descendants of Jacob’s concubine Bilhah.

Descendants of Manasseh

14 The descendants of Manasseh through his Aramean concubine included Asriel. She also bore Makir, the father of Gilead. 15 Makir found wives for Huppim and Shuppim. Makir had a sister named Maacah. One of his descendants was Zelophehad, who had only daughters.

“Five Sisters” by Paula DiLeo

Zelophehad is mentioned in Numbers 26:33, 27:1-11 and 36:1-12 when his five daughters come to Moses with a question about female inheritance rights.

16 Makir’s wife, Maacah, gave birth to a son whom she named Peresh. His brother’s name was Sheresh. The sons of Peresh were Ulam and Rakem. 17 The son of Ulam was Bedan. All these were considered Gileadites, descendants of Makir son of Manasseh.
18 Makir’s sister Hammoleketh gave birth to Ishhod, Abiezer, and Mahlah.
19The sons of Shemida were Ahian, Shechem, Likhi, and Aniam.

Descendants of Ephraim

20 The descendants of Ephraim were Shuthelah, Bered, Tahath, Eleadah, Tahath, 21 Zabad, Shuthelah, Ezer, and Elead. These two were killed trying to steal livestock from the local farmers near Gath.

“There are thieves out there eyeing your cattle. It’s time we keep a close eye on them to help reduce cattle theft once and for all. That’s why we have created CATTLE WATCH™ and http://www.cattlewatch.com, a national program to raise awareness of cattle rustling, help educate producers to prevent theft and fraud, and assist in putting offenders away.”

22 Their father, Ephraim, mourned for them a long time, and his relatives came to comfort him. 23 Afterward Ephraim slept with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Ephraim named him Beriah because of the tragedy his family had suffered. 24 He had a daughter named Sheerah. She built the towns of Lower and Upper Beth-horon and Uzzen-sheerah.
25 The descendants of Ephraim included Rephah, Resheph, Telah, Tahan, 26 Ladan, Ammihud, Elishama, 27Nun, and Joshua.


Joshua — one of the two faithful spies and after the death of Moses, the leader of the people and commander of the army of Israel. He led them across the Jordan and into the Promised Land by way of the city of Jericho. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” he said.

28 The descendants of Ephraim lived in the territory that included Bethel and its surrounding towns to the south, Naaran to the east, Gezer and its villages to the west, and Shechem and its surrounding villages to the north as far as Ayyah and its towns. 29 Along the border of Manasseh were the towns of Beth-shan, Taanach, Megiddo, Dor, and their surrounding villages. The descendants of Joseph son of Israel lived in these towns.

Descendants of Asher

30 The sons of Asher were Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, and Beriah. They had a sister named Serah.
31 The sons of Beriah were Heber and Malkiel (the father of Birzaith).
32 The sons of Heber were Japhlet, Shomer, and Hotham. They had a sister named Shua.
33 The sons of Japhlet were Pasach, Bimhal, and Ashvath.
34 The sons of Shomer were Ahi, Rohgah, Hubbah, and Aram.
35 The sons of his brother Helem were Zophah, Imna, Shelesh, and Amal.
36 The sons of Zophah were Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah,

Oh, not this “beri”?

37 Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran, and Beera.
38 The sons of Jether were Jephunneh, Pispah, and Ara.
39 The sons of Ulla were Arah, Hanniel, and Rizia.
40 Each of these descendants of Asher was the head of an ancestral clan. They were all select men—mighty warriors and outstanding leaders. The total number of men available for military service was 26,000, as listed in their genealogical records.

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Music:

Speaking of mighty men and outstanding leaders — One stands out! There is power in His name!  HERE  Chris Tomlin sings “Name of Jesus.”

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New Living Translation (NLT)   Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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Jesus name tag.    http://www.crossmyheartministry.com/2017/11/07/the-name-of-jesus/jesus-name/
map showing Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, Manasseh,  Ephraim, and Asher.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/32-12tribes_map.gif
Ehud kills the king of Moab.    https://nwbible.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/the-left-handed-benjamite-and-the-fat-king/
DiLeo.     https://dwellingintheword.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/1631-numbers-36/
CattleWatch.     http://www.cattle-watch.com/
Israelites marching around the walls of Jericho.     https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/jerichowalls1.jpg
strawberry.     http://www.winansdayton.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Chocolate-Covered-Strawberries-21.jpg

2661.) 1 Chronicles 6

July 15, 2019

1 Chronicles 6 (NLT)

About these genealogies:

One important study finds nine different functions that genealogies have in the Old Testament (M. D. Johnson, The Purpose of Biblical Genealogies, Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1969). In general, they can:  establish kinship between tribes or peoples; demonstrate the continuity of a people over long periods, supplementing historical narratives; confirm the legitimacy of a person in his office. The main function in Chronicles seems to be to show the continuity of the people of Israel from early times through to the period after the exile. In the case of Levi, they also support the legitimacy of the Levitical priests who served the second Jerusalem temple. They may also serve the theological purpose of asserting YHWH’s purposeful control of history.

It follows that biblical genealogies do not work like a visit to the Public Record Office.  They have a range of purposes according to the needs of those who use them. They may be changed and developed in accordance with their purpose. They are not necessarily historical sources in the sense that they might at first appear.

–Philip E. Satterthwaite and J. Gordan McConville, Exploring the Old Testament, 2007.

The Priestly Line

1 The sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
2 The descendants of Kohath included Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.
3 The children of Amram were Aaron, Moses, and Miriam.

Quite a set of siblings! — Moses the leader (I believe he is the one in the center), Aaron the priest (in priestly garments), and Miriam the prophet.

The sons of Aaron were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

Nadab and Abihu were killed for disobeying God.  Eleazar became the high priest after Aaron, and Ithamar was instrumental in organizing the worship services of the tabernacle.

4 Eleazar was the father of Phinehas.
Phinehas was the father of Abishua.
5 Abishua was the father of Bukki.
Bukki was the father of Uzzi.
6 Uzzi was the father of Zerahiah.
Zerahiah was the father of Meraioth.
7 Meraioth was the father of Amariah.
Amariah was the father of Ahitub.
8 Ahitub was the father of Zadok.
Zadok was the father of Ahimaaz.
9 Ahimaaz was the father of Azariah.
Azariah was the father of Johanan.
10 Johanan was the father of Azariah, the high priest at the Temple built by Solomon in Jerusalem.


The first temple, built by Solomon around 957 BCE, was destroyed by the Babylonian army at the time that Judah was taken into exile, 586 BCE.  Upon the return, Zerubbabel constructed a second (smaller) temple was built, about 516 BCE. Then during the time of Jesus, Herod embarked on a significant upgrade of the temple. That temple was destroyed when the Romans marched through in 70 CE. Now that spot is the location of the Dome of the Rock, built in 692. The picture above shows a closeup of the tile work on the mosque.

11 Azariah was the father of Amariah.
Amariah was the father of Ahitub.
12 Ahitub was the father of Zadok.
Zadok was the father of Shallum.
13 Shallum was the father of Hilkiah.
Hilkiah was the father of Azariah.
14 Azariah was the father of Seraiah.
Seraiah was the father of Jehozadak, 15who went into exile when the Lord sent the people of Judah and Jerusalem into captivity under Nebuchadnezzar.

According to pattern, the inspired historian saw the hand of God even in the great tragedy that still afflicted Judah at the time of writing Chronicles. It was not the Babylonian Empire that carried Judah and Jerusalem into captivity, but it was the LORD.

–David Guzik

The genealogy of Levi shows the priority of Aaron, for his descendants were priests, whereas the rest of the tribe of Levi took lesser roles in attending the sanctuary (Num. 3:5-10).  So all priests were Levites, but not all Levites were priests.

The Levite Clans

16 The sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
17 The descendants of Gershon included Libni and Shimei.
18 The descendants of Kohath included Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.
19The descendants of Merari included Mahli and Mushi.

The following were the Levite clans, listed according to their ancestral descent:

20 The descendants of Gershon included Libni, Jahath, Zimmah, 21 Joah, Iddo, Zerah, and Jeatherai.
22 The descendants of Kohath included Amminadab, Korah, Assir, 23 Elkanah, Abiasaph, Assir, 24 Tahath, Uriel, Uzziah, and Shaul.
25 The descendants of Elkanah included Amasai, Ahimoth, 26 Elkanah, Zophai, Nahath, 27 Eliab, Jeroham, Elkanah, and Samuel.

Samuel was the last judge of Israel and with the reigns of Saul and David, the first prophet.

28 The sons of Samuel were Joel (the older) and Abijah (the second).
29 The descendants of Merari included Mahli, Libni, Shimei, Uzzah, 30 Shimea, Haggiah, and Asaiah.

The Temple Musicians

31 David assigned the following men to lead the music at the house of the Lord after the Ark was placed there. 32 They ministered with music at the Tabernacle until Solomon built the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. They carried out their work, following all the regulations handed down to them. 33These are the men who served, along with their sons:

Heman the musician was from the clan of Kohath.

This man is mentioned several times in connection with temple worship in the days of David and Solomon (1 Chronicles 15:17-19, 16:41-42, 25:1-7, 2 Chronicles 5:12-13). He was an important part of the ceremonies connected with bringing the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem and the dedication of the temple.

Psalm 88 is attributed to Heman: A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. To the Chief Musician. Set to “Mahalath Leannoth.” A Contemplation [Maschil] of Heman the Ezrahite.

–David Guzik

His genealogy was traced back through Joel, Samuel, 34 Elkanah, Jeroham, Eliel, Toah, 35 Zuph, Elkanah, Mahath, Amasai, 36 Elkanah, Joel, Azariah, Zephaniah, 37 Tahath, Assir, Abiasaph, Korah, 38 Izhar, Kohath, Levi, and Israel.
39 Heman’s first assistant was Asaph from the clan of Gershon. Asaph’s genealogy was traced back through Berekiah, Shimea, 40 Michael, Baaseiah, Malkijah, 41 Ethni, Zerah, Adaiah, 42 Ethan, Zimmah, Shimei, 43 Jahath, Gershon, and Levi.
44 Heman’s second assistant was Ethan from the clan of Merari. Ethan’s genealogy was traced back through Kishi, Abdi, Malluch, 45 Hashabiah, Amaziah, Hilkiah, 46 Amzi, Bani, Shemer, 47 Mahli, Mushi, Merari, and Levi.

48 Their fellow Levites were appointed to various other tasks in the Tabernacle, the house of God.

The Levites served God in almost every conceivable way, both practical and spiritual in appearance. Every kind of service is important and precious to God.

–David Guzik

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Music:

I have been a church musician for decades. And I love working with talented, dedicated people who want to give God glory and praise, with excellence, Sunday after Sunday! Thank you to all true-hearted church musicians out there! So in their honor —  HERE  is Psalm 147 sung as from the Scottish Psalter of 1620 — one of the famous metrical psalms. Sung by Jason Coghill. (How he got started:  The church he attended, Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia, had a tradition of singing unaccompanied psalms in public worship.)

Who knows how this psalm was sung originally in the temple — but this is a beautiful rendition.

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Aaron’s Descendants

49Only Aaron and his descendants served as priests. They presented the offerings on the altar of burnt offering and the altar of incense, and they performed all the other duties related to the Most Holy Place. They made atonement for Israel by doing everything that Moses, the servant of God, had commanded them.

Jesus is a priest of a higher order, as Hebrews 7 clearly explains:

Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed. And the psalmist pointed this out when he prophesied, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” . . .

There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office. But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever. Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.

He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven.  Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins.  The law appointed high priests who were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever.

(verses 16-17, 23-28)

50 The descendants of Aaron were Eleazar, Phinehas, Abishua, 51 Bukki, Uzzi, Zerahiah, 52 Meraioth, Amariah, Ahitub, 53 Zadok, and Ahimaaz.

Territory for the Levites

The tribe of Levi was not granted a single province of the land, as the other tribes received. Rather, they lived in settlements allocated to them in the territories of the other tribes throughout the land—towns and pasturelands. This arrangement allowed them to lead and assist all the people in their worship of the Lord God.

54 This is a record of the towns and territory assigned by means of sacred lots to the descendants of Aaron, who were from the clan of Kohath. 55 This territory included Hebron and its surrounding pasturelands in Judah, 56 but the fields and outlying areas belonging to the city were given to Caleb son of Jephunneh. 57 So the descendants of Aaron were given the following towns, each with its pasturelands: Hebron (a city of refuge), Libnah, Jattir, Eshtemoa, 58 Holon, Debir, 59 Ain, Juttah, and Beth-shemesh. 60 And from the territory of Benjamin they were given Gibeon, Geba, Alemeth, and Anathoth, each with its pasturelands. So thirteen towns were given to the descendants of Aaron. 61The remaining descendants of Kohath received ten towns from the territory of the half-tribe of Manasseh by means of sacred lots.

62 The descendants of Gershon received by sacred lots thirteen towns from the territories of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and from the Bashan area of Manasseh, east of the Jordan.

63 The descendants of Merari received by sacred lots twelve towns from the territories of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun.

64 So the people of Israel assigned all these towns and pasturelands to the Levites. 65 The towns in the territories of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin, mentioned above, were assigned to them by means of sacred lots.

66 The descendants of Kohath were given the following towns from the territory of Ephraim, each with its pasturelands: 67 Shechem (a city of refuge in the hill country of Ephraim), Gezer, 68 Jokmeam, Beth-horon, 69 Aijalon, and Gath-rimmon. 70 The remaining descendants of Kohath were assigned the towns of Aner and Bileam from the territory of the half-tribe of Manasseh, each with its pasturelands.

71 The descendants of Gershon received the towns of Golan (in Bashan) and Ashtaroth from the territory of the half-tribe of Manasseh, each with its pasturelands. 72 From the territory of Issachar, they were given Kedesh, Daberath, 73 Ramoth, and Anem, each with its pasturelands. 74 From the territory of Asher, they received Mashal, Abdon, 75 Hukok, and Rehob, each with its pasturelands. 76 From the territory of Naphtali, they were given Kedesh in Galilee, Hammon, and Kiriathaim, each with its pasturelands.

77 The remaining descendants of Merari received the towns of Jokneam, Kartah, Rimmon, and Tabor from the territory of Zebulun, each with its pasturelands. 78 From the territory of Reuben, east of the Jordan River opposite Jericho, they received Bezer (a desert town), Jahaz, 79 Kedemoth, and Mephaath, each with its pasturelands. 80 And from the territory of Gad, they received Ramoth in Gilead, Mahanaim, 81 Heshbon, and Jazer, each with its pasturelands.

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New Living Translation (NLT)   Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
family tree template.   https://genealogy.lovetoknow.com/image/204405~familytree_crop.jpg
Amram’s children.   https://twitter.com/israelunite/status/454988123953717248
tiles of the Dome of the rock.    http://www.linearconcepts.com/photos/2007-Israel/DSC_4262_tilework.JPG
Aaron as High Priest.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/highpriest.jpg
Jesus as High Priest.     https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/jesus-high-priest.jpg?w=450
pasture (in Australia).    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/21-pasture-australia.jpg?w=438&h=290

2660.) 1 Chronicles 5

July 12, 2019

1 Chronicles 5 (NLT)

The tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh belong together, as they are the tribes who first possessed the land, allotted to them on the east side of the Jordan, by Moses (Deut. 3:12-17; Josh. 13:15-33). Their record here contains reports of wars fought to control their territory, as well as information about their fall when Israel was conquered by the king of Assyria.

Descendants of Reuben

Oh, not this Reuben.

1 The oldest son of Israel was Reuben. But since he dishonored his father by sleeping with one of his father’s concubines, his birthright was given to the sons of his brother Joseph. For this reason, Reuben is not listed in the genealogical records as the firstborn son. 2The descendants of Judah became the most powerful tribe and provided a ruler for the nation, but the birthright belonged to Joseph.

3 The sons of Reuben, the oldest son of Israel, were Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.
4 The descendants of Joel were Shemaiah, Gog, Shimei, 5 Micah, Reaiah, Baal, 6 and Beerah. Beerah was the leader of the Reubenites when they were taken into captivity by King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria.
7 Beerah’s relatives are listed in their genealogical records by their clans: Jeiel (the leader), Zechariah, 8 and Bela son of Azaz, son of Shema, son of Joel.
The Reubenites lived in the area that stretches from Aroer to Nebo and Baal-meon. 9 And since they had so many livestock in the land of Gilead, they spread east toward the edge of the desert that stretches to the Euphrates River.
10 During the reign of Saul, the Reubenites defeated the Hagrites in battle. Then they moved into the Hagrite settlements all along the eastern edge of Gilead.

Descendants of Gad

Oh, not this GAD.

11 Next to the Reubenites, the descendants of Gad lived in the land of Bashan as far east as Salecah. 12 Joel was the leader in the land of Bashan, and Shapham was second-in-command, followed by Janai and Shaphat.
13 Their relatives, the leaders of seven other clans, were Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jacan, Zia, and Eber. 14 These were all descendants of Abihail son of Huri, son of Jaroah, son of Gilead, son of Michael, son of Jeshishai, son of Jahdo, son of Buz. 15Ahi son of Abdiel, son of Guni, was the leader of their clans.

16 The Gadites lived in the land of Gilead, in Bashan and its villages, and throughout all the pasturelands of Sharon. 17 All of these were listed in the genealogical records during the days of King Jotham of Judah and King Jeroboam of Israel.

The Tribes East of the Jordan

18 There were 44,760 capable warriors in the armies of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. They were all skilled in combat and armed with shields, swords, and bows. 19 They waged war against the Hagrites, the Jeturites, the Naphishites, and the Nodabites. 20 They cried out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayer because they trusted in him. So the Hagrites and all their allies were defeated. 21 The plunder taken from the Hagrites included 50,000 camels, 250,000 sheep and goats, 2,000 donkeys, and 100,000 captives. 22Many of the Hagrites were killed in the battle because God was fighting against them. The people of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh lived in their land until they were taken into exile.

Note that although the warriors are “all skilled in combat” and well armed, the Chronicler gives the credit for the victory to God, to whom they had prayed. As Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

23 The half-tribe of Manasseh was very large and spread through the land from Bashan to Baal-hermon, Senir, and Mount Hermon. 24 These were the leaders of their clans: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel. These men had a great reputation as mighty warriors and leaders of their clans.

25 But these tribes were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors. They worshiped the gods of the nations that God had destroyed. 26 So the God of Israel caused King Pul of Assyria (also known as Tiglath-pileser) to invade the land and take away the people of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh as captives. The Assyrians exiled them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the Gozan River, where they remain to this day.

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Music:

HERE  is Esther Mui singing Isaiah 43:1-3 — “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.” In all these lists of names, the Lord knows who are his own!

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New Living Translation (NLT)   Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
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map showing Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/32-12tribes_map.gif
reuben sandwich.    https://dunnsfamousrockland.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/DUNNS-ROCKLAND-FRENCH-MENU-MAR18.compressed.pdf
Generalized anxiety Disorder.   https://theskillcollective.com/worry-or-gad
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2659.) 1 Chronicles 4

July 11, 2019

1 Chronicles 4 (NLT)

Other Descendants of Judah

About these genealogies:

The first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles contain genealogies from Adam to the time of Ezra, or the postexilic period.

Why record these in such detail?

Halley’s Bible Handbook notes: “The most important and precious of all promises was that the World’s Saviour would come in David’s family. The central interest of these genealogies is their tracing the descent of David’s line (see Matthew 1:1-17). Most of the genealogies are incomplete, with many breaks in the lists. But the main line is there. These nine chapters of genealogies form the generation-to-generation tie-up of all preceding Biblical history. These … are the skeleton framework of the Old Testament, the thing that binds the whole Bible together, and gives it unity, and makes it look like real HISTORY, not legend.”

1 The descendants of Judah were Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur, and Shobal.
2 Shobal’s son Reaiah was the father of Jahath. Jahath was the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These were the families of the Zorathites.
3 The descendants of Etam were Jezreel, Ishma, Idbash, their sister Hazzelelponi, 4 Penuel (the father of Gedor), and Ezer (the father of Hushah). These were the descendants of Hur (the firstborn of Ephrathah), the ancestor of Bethlehem.
5 Ashhur (the father of Tekoa) had two wives, named Helah and Naarah. 6 Naarah gave birth to Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari. 7 Helah gave birth to Zereth, Izhar, Ethnan, 8 and Koz, who became the ancestor of Anub, Zobebah, and all the families of Aharhel son of Harum.

“The Prayer of Jabez” by Michael Dudash

9 There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. 10 He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request.

from The Prayer of Jabez,
by Bruce Wilkinson

“Oh, that you would bless me indeed”

To bless in the biblical sense means to ask for or to impart supernatural favor. When we ask for God’s blessing, we’re not asking for more of what we could get for ourselves. We’re crying out for the wonderful, unlimited goodness that only God has the power to know about or give to us. This kind of richness is what the writer was referring to in Proverbs:  “The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth; all our work adds nothing to it” (Proverbs 10:22, TLB).

Notice a radical aspect of Jabez’s request for blessing:  He left it entirely up to God to decide what the blessings would be and where, when, and how Jabez would receive them. This kind of radical trust in God’s good intentions toward us has nothing in common with the popular gospel that you should ask God for a Cadillac, a six-figure income, or some other material sign that you have found a way to cash in on your connection with Him. Instead, the Jabez blessing focuses like a laser on our wanting for ourselves nothing more and nothing less that what God wants for us.

“and enlarge my territory”

Whatever our gifts, education, or vocation night be, our calling is to do God’s work on earth. If you want, you can call it living out your faith for others. You can call it ministry. You can call it every Christian’s day job. But whatever you call it, God is looking for people who want to do more of it, because sadly, most believers seem to shrink from living at this level of blessing and influence. 

For most of us, our reluctance comes from getting our numbers right, but our arithmetic completely wrong. For example, when we’re deciding what size territory God has in mind for us, we keep an equation in our heart that adds up something like this:

My abilities + experience + training
+ my personality and appearance
+ my past +  the expectation of others
= my assigned territory.

But God says, “Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6). Our God specializes in working through normal people who believe in a super-normal God who will do His work through them. What He’s waiting for is the invitation. That means God’s math would look more like this:

My willingness and weakness
+ God’s will and supernatural power
= my expanding territory.

When you start asking in earnest—begging—for more influence and responsibility with which to honor Him, God will bring opportunities and people into your path.

“that your hand would be with me”

It’s a frightening and utterly exhilarating truth that as God’s chosen, blessed sons and daughters, we are expected to attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed . . . unless God steps in. Take a minute to prayerfully try to comprehend how contrary that truth is to everything you would humanly choose:

  • It goes against common sense.
  • It contradicts your previous life experience.
  • It seems to disregard your feelings, training, and need for security.
  • It sets you up to look like a fool and a loser.

With that, we are forced into dependence on God. And God’s hand upon you will be “the touch of greatness.” You do not become great; you become dependent on the strong hand of God. Your surrendered need turns into His unlimited opportunity. And He becomes great through you.

“and keep me from evil”

Without a temptation, we would not sin. Most of us face too many temptations—and therefore sin too often—because we don’t ask God to lead us away from temptation. We make a huge spiritual leap forward, therefore, when we begin to focus less on beating temptation and more on avoiding it.

In the model prayer Jesus gave his followers, nearly a quarter of its fifty words ask for deliverance:  “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13). Nothing about spiritual insight or special powers. Not a word about confrontation.

Do you believe that a supernatural God is going to show up to keep you from evil and protect your spiritual investment? Jabez did believe, and he acted on his belief. Thereafter his life was spared from the grief and pain that evil brings.

Paul told the Colossians that God had made them “alive together with [Christ]” and that having “disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in [the cross]” (Colossians 2:13, 15).

What an amazing declaration of victory! Through Christ, we can live in triumph—not in temptation or defeat.

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Music:

I like the prayer of Jabez. But even more, I like the prayer of Jesus. “The Lord’s Prayer” is performed  HERE  by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Andrea Bocelli.

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11 Kelub (the brother of Shuhah) was the father of Mehir. Mehir was the father of Eshton. 12 Eshton was the father of Beth-rapha, Paseah, and Tehinnah. Tehinnah was the father of Ir-nahash. These were the descendants of Recah.
13 The sons of Kenaz were Othniel and Seraiah. Othniel’s sons were Hathath and Meonothai. 14 Meonothai was the father of Ophrah. Seraiah was the father of Joab, the founder of the Valley of Craftsmen, so called because they were craftsmen.
15 The sons of Caleb son of Jephunneh were Iru, Elah, and Naam. The son of Elah was Kenaz.


Caleb was one of the twelve spies sent into the Promised Land by Moses. He and Joshua returned with faith that the Lord would enable them to conquer Canaan; the other ten spies were negative. His encouraging story is found in Numbers 13-14 and Joshua 14-15.

16 The sons of Jehallelel were Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel.
17 The sons of Ezrah were Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. One of Mered’s wives became the mother of Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah (the father of Eshtemoa). 18 He married a woman from Judah, who became the mother of Jered (the father of Gedor), Heber (the father of Soco), and Jekuthiel (the father of Zanoah). Mered also married Bithia, a daughter of Pharaoh, and she bore him children.
19 Hodiah’s wife was the sister of Naham. One of her sons was the father of Keilah the Garmite, and another was the father of Eshtemoa the Maacathite.
20 The sons of Shimon were Amnon, Rinnah, Ben-hanan, and Tilon.
The descendants of Ishi were Zoheth and Ben-zoheth.

Descendants of Judah’s Son Shelah

21 Shelah was one of Judah’s sons. The descendants of Shelah were Er (the father of Lecah); Laadah (the father of Mareshah); the families of linen workers at Beth-ashbea; 22 Jokim; the men of Cozeba; and Joash and Saraph, who ruled over Moab and Jashubi-lehem. These names all come from ancient records. 23They were the pottery makers who lived in Netaim and Gederah. They lived there and worked for the king.

Since the broad focus of these chapters is to point to the tribe of Judah and especially to the family of David, these receive special mention because they worked for the king and lived with the king. Charles Spurgeon preached a wonderful sermon on this verse, with four points under the title With the King for His Work!

Our King has many kinds of servants. He has soldiers, watchmen, heralds, scribes, musicians, house servants, gardeners, servants for the children. We should therefore value the different servants and understand and value our own place of service.

All who live with our King must work. “They did not live on the king’s bounty and dwell on the king’s country estates to do nothing, but they dwelt there for his work. I do not know whether all that call my Master ‘Lord’ have caught this idea. I have thought that some of our church members imagine that the cause of Christ was a coach, and that they were to ride on it, and that they would prefer the box seat.”

Those that work for the King ought to live with Him. “Now, those that live with Jesus Christ have a sort of secret alphabet between themselves and him. Oftentimes when a Christian man does the right thing . . . Do you know why he had that knack? He lived with his Master, so he knew what you knew not. He knew the meaning of his Master’s eye, and it guided him.”

We are working for the King. “And after you have received Christ then you shall go forth and serve him. Put out an empty hand and receive Christ into it by a little faith, and then go and serve him, and the Lord bless you henceforth and for ever.”

–David Guzik

Descendants of Simeon

24 The sons of Simeon were Jemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zohar, and Shaul.
25 The descendants of Shaul were Shallum, Mibsam, and Mishma.
26 The descendants of Mishma were Hammuel, Zaccur, and Shimei.
27 Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters, but none of his brothers had large families. So Simeon’s tribe never grew as large as the tribe of Judah.
28 They lived in Beersheba, Moladah, Hazar-shual, 29 Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad, 30 Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag, 31 Beth-marcaboth, Hazar-susim, Beth-biri, and Shaaraim. These towns were under their control until the time of King David. 32 Their descendants also lived in Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Token, and Ashan—five towns 33 and their surrounding villages as far away as Baalath. This was their territory, and these names are listed in their genealogical records.
34 Other descendants of Simeon included Meshobab, Jamlech, Joshah son of Amaziah, 35 Joel, Jehu son of Joshibiah, son of Seraiah, son of Asiel, 36 Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah, 37and Ziza son of Shiphi, son of Allon, son of Jedaiah, son of Shimri, son of Shemaiah.

38 These were the names of some of the leaders of Simeon’s wealthy clans. Their families grew, 39 and they traveled to the region of Gerar, in the east part of the valley, seeking pastureland for their flocks. 40 They found lush pastures there, and the land was quiet and peaceful.

Some of Ham’s descendants had been living in that region. 41 But during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah, these leaders of Simeon invaded the region and completely destroyed the homes of the descendants of Ham and of the Meunites. No trace of them remains today. They killed everyone who lived there and took the land for themselves, because they wanted its good pastureland for their flocks. 42 Five hundred of these invaders from the tribe of Simeon went to Mount Seir, led by Pelatiah, Neari-ah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel—all sons of Ishi. 43 They destroyed the few Amalekites who had survived, and they have lived there ever since.

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New Living Translation (NLT)   Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
prayer of Jabez.     https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/prayer_jabez1.gif
Dudash.    https://groundedbygrace.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/jabez-by-micahel-dudash.jpg
spies.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/tenspiespicture.jpg
pottery making.    https://osakachurch.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/pottery3.jpg

2658.) 1 Chronicles 3

July 10, 2019

1 Chronicles 3 (NLT)

Descendants of David

About these genealogies:

The book of Chronicles was written soon after the exile in order to help those returning to Israel understand how to worship God. It was written after the destruction of Jerusalem, posing the question, “Why did God choose to punish His people in such a way?” The answer is found in history, and it is beneficial to learn from others’ mistakes so that we will not repeat them.

As we go through the initial chapters of 1 Chronicles, the following thoughts come to mind:

  • God knows every person who has ever lived in this earth. He knows each of us by name, and we are not just a faceless number to him. He is intimately concerned with our welfare and we should never feel insignificant. As the Psalmist has exclaimed: “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand…” (Psalms 139:17-18)
  • God records all our activities in His book of remembrance. “Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name.” (Malachi 3:16). We have to be very careful how we act, and speak every day.
  • God is working on a plan throughout history. As we see the names of people recorded for each generation in Chronicles, there is a distinct pattern that can be traced:  from Adam to Abraham through Seth, and thereafter on to David through Israel. It is obvious that God is creating a family tree for His Son Jesus Christ to be born in due time.

–Shibu Cherian

1These are the sons of David who were born in Hebron:

The oldest was Amnon, whose mother was Ahinoam from Jezreel.
The second was Daniel, whose mother was Abigail from Carmel.

“The Meeting of David and Abigail” by Peter Paul Rubens, 1630 (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)

Abigail — a gracious and capable woman who won David’s heart. Read her story in 1 Samuel 25.

2 The third was Absalom, whose mother was Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur.


Absalom — whereas David’s sins brought him back to God, Absalom sinned and kept on sinning, rebelling against his father the king. His story is told is 2 Samuel 3:3, 13-19.

The fourth was Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith.
3 The fifth was Shephatiah, whose mother was Abital.
The sixth was Ithream, whose mother was Eglah, David’s wife.
4 These six sons were born to David in Hebron, where he reigned seven and a half years.

Then David reigned another thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 5 The sons born to David in Jerusalem included Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon. Their mother was Bathsheba, the daughter of Ammiel.

“Deliberately” by Henri Lindegaard, 2003

Bathsheba — a close connection to Israel’s two greatest kings, as the lover/wife of King David (see Psalm 51 for David’s cry of repentance) and the mother of King Solomon. Her story is found in 2 Samuel 11-12 and 1 Kings 1-2.

6 David also had nine other sons: Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 7 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 8 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.

9 These were the sons of David, not including his sons born to his concubines. Their sister was named Tamar.

Tamar’s tragic story is found in 2 Samuel 13-14. Her half-brother, Amnon, raped her, her full-brother, Absalom, told her to keep it secret, and her father, David, did not defend her.

Descendants of Solomon

Many of Solomon’s descendants were kings of Judah.

10 The descendants of Solomon were Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa, Jehoshaphat, 11 Jehoram, Ahaziah, Joash, 12 Amaziah, Uzziah, Jotham, 13 Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, 14 Amon, and Josiah.
15 The sons of Josiah were Johanan (the oldest), Jehoiakim (the second), Zedekiah (the third), and Jehoahaz (the fourth).
16The successors of Jehoiakim were his son Jehoiachin and his brother Zedekiah.

Descendants of Jehoiachin

17 The sons of Jehoiachin, who was taken prisoner by the Babylonians, were Shealtiel, 18 Malkiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah.
19 The sons of Pedaiah were Zerubbabel and Shimei.


Zerubbabel led the first exiles to return to Jerusalem from Babylon. He oversaw the rebuilding of the temple, since the Babylonians had burned Solomon’s temple.

The sons of Zerubbabel were Meshullam and Hananiah. (Their sister was Shelomith.) 20 His five other sons were Hashubah, Ohel, Berekiah, Hasadiah, and Jushab-hesed.
21 The sons of Hananiah were Pelatiah and Jeshaiah. Jeshaiah’s son was Rephaiah. Rephaiah’s son was Arnan. Arnan’s son was Obadiah. Obadiah’s son was Shecaniah.
22 The descendants of Shecaniah were Shemaiah and his sons, Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neari-ah, and Shaphat—six in all.
23 The sons of Neari-ah were Elioenai, Hizkiah, and Azrikam—three in all.
24 The sons of Elioenai were Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah, and Anani—seven in all.

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Music:

When we think of what King David left behind as a legacy (besides his descendants), we cannot help but think of his poetic and musical abilities, his many wonderful psalms for us to use in our own life’s journey all these years later. For many people, David’s Psalm 23 is a favorite.  HERE  it is, sung by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, beautifully done.

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New Living Translation (NLT)   Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
the family of David.   https://jesuslovesyoutoday.org/bible_study_pictures_and_notes/1_chronicles_1-3
Rubens.     http://static.artbible.info/large/rubens_david_abigail_nga.jpg
Absalom caught in a tree by his long hair.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/absalom.jpg
Lindegaard.     https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/20-lindegaard-avec-premeditation-02.jpg
Tamar runs from Amnon’s room.    http://www.free-stories.net/images/storyofamnonandtamar.jpg
Zerubbabel rebuilding the temple.     http://www.templeinstitute.org/gallery_images/building_altar_gallery.jpg

2657.) 1 Chronicles 2

July 9, 2019

Each name is a real person.

1 Chronicles 2 (New Living Translation)

Descendants of Israel

About these genealogies:

There are three general areas in which genealogies function: the familial or domestic, the legal-political, and the religious. In the domestic area an individual’s social status, privileges and obligations may be reflected in his placement in the lineage (see 7:14-19); the rights of the firstborn son and the secondary status of the children of concubines are examples from the Bible. In the political sphere genealogies substantiate claims to hereditary office or settle competing claims when the office is contested. Land organization and territorial groupings of social units may also be determined by genealogical reckoning—e.g., the division of the land among the 12 tribes. In Israel military levies also proceeded along genealogical lines; several of the genealogies in Chronicles reflect military conscription (5:1-26; 7:1-12, 30-40; 8:1-40). Genealogies function in the religious sphere primarily by establishing membership among the priests and Levites (6:1-30; 9:10-34; Nehemiah 7:61-65). 

–biblica.com — intro to 1st Chronicles

1 The sons of Israel were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, 2Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

These twelve sons of Jacob/Israel became the Twelve Tribes of Israel, with some rearrangement. Joseph’s descendants became two tribes, Ephraim and Manasseh. And the descendants of Levi were called out from among the other tribes to be the caretakers of God’s tabernacle and temple. Although all twelve tribes are listed, the focus quickly turns to Judah:  King David (and Jesus Christ) will come from the tribe of Judah. The genealogy of Judah is the subject of 1 Chronicles 2:3 – 4:23. Click  HERE  to see another representation of the tribes which continue with honor.  

Descendants of Judah

3 Judah had three sons from Bathshua, a Canaanite woman. Their names were Er, Onan, and Shelah. But the Lord saw that the oldest son, Er, was a wicked man, so he killed him. 4 Later Judah had twin sons from Tamar, his widowed daughter-in-law. Their names were Perez and Zerah. So Judah had five sons in all.
5 The sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul.

The genealogies are highly selective. None of them attempts to name every individual who ever lived (although it may seem like that when we read them), nor even to represent every generation within a given time (hence the uselessness of genealogies for attempting to establish the age of humanity). It is possible that Chronicles drew the names from official records, including military census lists. The form in which we have the genealogies now has probably been determined partly by the availability of material, and partly by the balance which the Chronicler wished to achieve. Be that as it may, the individuals whose names appear in succession before our eyes have little historical significance. About the great majority of them we know practically nothing. Thus in a curious way the greatness and the littleness of humanity are conveyed together, intimately bound up:  the greatness, because each individual belongs to the march of mankind towards a glorious destiny, and the littleness because he is nevertheless but a small link in the huge chain.

It matters little to the modern reader that the sons of Perez were Henron and Hamul (1 Chron. 2:5). What does matter is the total picture, whose chief impact is to demonstrate God’s care for people, not in any generalized way, but in a distinguishing and comprehensive way. It matters to God that the sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul, even if they are mentioned in a context which draws the reader’s attention to goals which transcend the lives of individuals.

–J. G. McConville

6 The sons of Zerah were Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Darda—five in all.
7 The son of Carmi (a descendant of Zimri) was Achan, who brought disaster on Israel by taking plunder that had been set apart for the Lord.
8The son of Ethan was Azariah.

These obscure names connected with the tribe of Judah are listed for an important general reason. Most of the returning exiles in the general time Chronicles was written were connected to the tribe of Judah. The land that was occupied by the Jews who had returned from the Babylonian exile consisted primarily of the tribal territories of Judah and Benjamin. Also, the people who make up Ezra’s community were largely from these same two tribes (Ezra 1:5; 10:9).

–David Guzik

From Judah’s Grandson Hezron to David

9 The sons of Hezron were Jerahmeel, Ram, and Caleb.
10 Ram was the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab was the father of Nahshon, a leader of Judah.
11 Nahshon was the father of Salmon.

Oh, not this salmon?

Salmon was the father of Boaz.
12 Boaz was the father of Obed.
Obed was the father of Jesse.
13 Jesse’s first son was Eliab, his second was Abinadab, his third was Shimea, 14 his fourth was Nethanel, his fifth was Raddai, 15 his sixth was Ozem, and his seventh was David.

While still a youth, David went up against the giant Goliath with little more than the name of the Lord. But that was enough!

16 Their sisters were named Zeruiah and Abigail. Zeruiah had three sons named Abishai, Joab, and Asahel. 17Abigail married a man named Jether, an Ishmaelite, and they had a son named Amasa.

Other Descendants of Hezron

18 Hezron’s son Caleb had sons from his wife Azubah and from Jerioth. Her sons were named Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon. 19 After Azubah died, Caleb married Ephrathah, and they had a son named Hur. 20 Hur was the father of Uri. Uri was the father of Bezalel.
21 When Hezron was sixty years old, he married Gilead’s sister, the daughter of Makir. They had a son named Segub. 22 Segub was the father of Jair, who ruled twenty-three towns in the land of Gilead. 23 (But Geshur and Aram captured the Towns of Jair and also took Kenath and its sixty surrounding villages.) All these were descendants of Makir, the father of Gilead.
24Soon after Hezron died in the town of Caleb-ephrathah, his wife Abijah gave birth to a son named Ashhur (the father of Tekoa).

Descendants of Hezron’s Son Jerahmeel

25 The sons of Jerahmeel, the oldest son of Hezron, were Ram (the firstborn), Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah.

Oh, not this ram?

26 Jerahmeel had a second wife named Atarah. She was the mother of Onam.
27 The sons of Ram, the oldest son of Jerahmeel, were Maaz, Jamin, and Eker.
28 The sons of Onam were Shammai and Jada.
The sons of Shammai were Nadab and Abishur.
29 The sons of Abishur and his wife Abihail were Ahban and Molid.
30 The sons of Nadab were Seled and Appaim. Seled died without children, 31 but Appaim had a son named Ishi. The son of Ishi was Sheshan. Sheshan had a descendant named Ahlai.
32 The sons of Jada, Shammai’s brother, were Jether and Jonathan. Jether died without children, 33 but Jonathan had two sons named Peleth and Zaza.
These were all descendants of Jerahmeel.
34 Sheshan had no sons, though he did have daughters. He also had an Egyptian servant named Jarha. 35 Sheshan gave one of his daughters to be the wife of Jarha, and they had a son named Attai.
36 Attai was the father of Nathan.
Nathan was the father of Zabad.
37 Zabad was the father of Ephlal.
Ephlal was the father of Obed.
38 Obed was the father of Jehu.
Jehu was the father of Azariah.
39 Azariah was the father of Helez.
Helez was the father of Eleasah.
40 Eleasah was the father of Sismai.
Sismai was the father of Shallum.
41 Shallum was the father of Jekamiah.
Jekamiah was the father of Elishama.

Descendants of Hezron’s Son Caleb

42 The descendants of Caleb, the brother of Jerahmeel, included Mesha (the firstborn), who became the father of Ziph. Caleb’s descendants also included the sons of Mareshah, the father of Hebron.
43 The sons of Hebron were Korah, Tappuah, Rekem, and Shema. 44 Shema was the father of Raham. Raham was the father of Jorkeam. Rekem was the father of Shammai. 45 The son of Shammai was Maon. Maon was the father of Beth-zur.
46 Caleb’s concubine Ephah gave birth to Haran, Moza, and Gazez. Haran was the father of Gazez.
47 The sons of Jahdai were Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph.
48 Another of Caleb’s concubines, Maacah, gave birth to Sheber and Tirhanah. 49 She also gave birth to Shaaph (the father of Madmannah) and Sheva (the father of Macbenah and Gibea). Caleb also had a daughter named Acsah.
50These were all descendants of Caleb.

Just an encouraging reminder:  although most of these names mean nothing to us, these people are dear to the heart of God. They are part of His family. And in a couple hundred years, when our names mean very little to people living in 2211, we will still be dear to the heart of God. Every so often as I am reading these chapters I substitute my grandparents’ names (John and Sarah, Galy and Mabel), or my children’s names (Sean, Maureen, Devlin). Suddenly the list is not so boring, for there is a personality with each name, a face and a story.

Descendants of Caleb’s Son Hur

The sons of Hur, the oldest son of Caleb’s wife Ephrathah, were Shobal (the founder of Kiriath-jearim), 51 Salma (the founder of Bethlehem), and Hareph (the founder of Beth-gader).
52 The descendants of Shobal (the founder of Kiriath-jearim) were Haroeh, half the Manahathites, 53 and the families of Kiriath-jearim—the Ithrites, Puthites, Shumathites, and Mishraites, from whom came the people of Zorah and Eshtaol.
54 The descendants of Salma were the people of Bethlehem, the Netophathites, Atroth-beth-joab, the other half of the Manahathites, the Zorites, 55 and the families of scribes living at Jabez—the Tirathites, Shimeathites, and Sucathites. All these were Kenites who descended from Hammath, the father of the family of Recab.

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Music:

Speaking of names . . . HERE  is “I’ve Just Met a Girl Named Maria” from West Side Story.

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New Living Translation (NLT)   Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
Family tree.   http://scripture-for-today.blogspot.com/2014/08/1-chronicles-2-zaza.html
Jacob’s sons.    https://stmarymysticalrose.org/twelve-tribes-of-israel
God knows my name.     http://www.mindandmouth.com/there-was-a-man-sent-from-god-whose-name-is/
salmon.    https://patch.com/virginia/reston/fit-at-fifty
David and Goliath.     http://eaglesinleadership.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/David-and-Goliath.gif
ram skull.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/ram_skull1.jpg
I love my family.    http://goldenfish7744.blogspot.com/2013/01/i-love-my-family.html

2656.) 1 Chronicles 1

July 8, 2019

Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start — Adam is the first human being in the Bible.  God’s plan begins with him.

1 Chronicles 1 (NLT)

From Adam to Noah’s Sons

About these genealogies:

The Chronicler wrote for the restored community, back from exile and intent (especially the scribes) on serving God. The burning issue was the question of continuity with the past: Is God still interested in us? Are his covenants still in force? The genealogies demonstrate continuity with the past, generation by generation. To the question “Is God still interested in us?” the Chronicler answers, “He has always been.” God’s grace and love for the restored community did not begin with David or the conquest or the exodus—but with creation (1:1).

–biblica.com — intro to 1st Chronicles

1 The descendants of Adam were Seth,

No mention of first-born Cain, who killed his brother Abel, because the line continued from Adam through Seth.

Enosh, 2 Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, 3 Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, 4 and Noah.
The sons of Noah were Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

“Noah and his sons building the ark” by Raphael. These four men were obedient to God and became the basis of the nations of the world.

Descendants of Japheth

5 The descendants of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.

Oh, not this Gomer?

6 The descendants of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah.
7The descendants of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.

Descendants of Ham

Oh, not this ham?

8 The descendants of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.
9 The descendants of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The descendants of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan. 10 Cush was also the ancestor of Nimrod, who was the first heroic warrior on earth.
11 Mizraim was the ancestor of the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites, 12 Pathrusites, Casluhites, and the Caphtorites, from whom the Philistines came.
13 Canaan’s oldest son was Sidon, the ancestor of the Sidonians. Canaan was also the ancestor of the Hittites, 14 Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, 15 Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, 16Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites.

Descendants of Shem

Although the sons of Noah are known always in the order of “Shem, Ham, and Japeth,” the writer of Chronicles here reverses their order in the explanation of their descendants, so that the final descendant of Noah will be listed as Abraham.

Traditionally, the sons of Japeth were deemed the ancestors of the nations of Europe and northern Asia, the descendants of Ham populated Africa and the Far East, and the sons of Shem became the people of Persia and Asia Minor.

17 The descendants of Shem were Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, and Aram.
The descendants of Aram were Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash.

Oh, not this Mash?

18 Arphaxad was the father of Shelah.
Shelah was the father of Eber.
19 Eber had two sons. The first was named Peleg (which means “division”), for during his lifetime the people of the world were divided into different language groups. His brother’s name was Joktan.
20 Joktan was the ancestor of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 21 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 22 Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 23 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. All these were descendants of Joktan.
24 So this is the family line descended from Shem: Arphaxad, Shelah, 25 Eber, Peleg, Reu, 26 Serug, Nahor, Terah, 27and Abram, later known as Abraham.

Descendants of Abraham

God had promised Abraham that he would have as many descendants as there are stars in the sky.

28 The sons of Abraham were Isaac and Ishmael. 29 These are their genealogical records:
The sons of Ishmael were Nebaioth (the oldest), Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 30 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, 31Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. These were the sons of Ishmael.

Isaac was the son of the covenant, but God promised to bless Ishmael, too. His descendants are the Arab peoples. Thus Abraham is considered the father of three major religions:  Judaism by way of Isaac and Jacob; Islam by way of Ishmael; and Christianity by way of Jesus.

32 The sons of Keturah, Abraham’s concubine, were Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.
The sons of Jokshan were Sheba and Dedan.
33 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah.
All these were descendants of Abraham through his concubine Keturah.

Keturah was Abraham’s second wife, after the death of Sarah.

Descendants of Isaac

34Abraham was the father of Isaac. The sons of Isaac were Esau and Israel.

Esau was Isaac’s favorite, an outdoors man, a hunter. Jacob (later called Israel) was a homebody, good in the kitchen, dear to his mother. Jacob will carry on God’s promise of land, descendants, and blessing.

Descendants of Esau

35 The sons of Esau were Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jalam, and Korah.
36 The sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, Kenaz, and Amalek, who was born to Timna.
37The sons of Reuel were Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.

Original Peoples of Edom

The inhabitants of the land of Edom (shown in red on the map above) were the descendants of Esau. As the first son of Isaac and the first grandson of Abraham, Esau owns a certain place in the history of the Jews.

38 The sons of Seir were Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan.
39 The sons of Lotan were Hori and Heman. Lotan’s sister was named Timna.
40 The sons of Shobal were Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.
The sons of Zibeon were Aiah and Anah.
41 The son of Anah was Dishon.
The sons of Dishon were Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and Keran.
42 The sons of Ezer were Bilhan, Zaavan, and Akan.
The sons of Dishan were Uz and Aran.

Rulers of Edom

43These are the kings who ruled in Edom before there were kings in Israel:

Bela son of Beor, who ruled from his city of Dinhabah.
44 When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah became king.
45 When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites became king.
46 When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad became king and ruled from the city of Avith. He was the one who destroyed the Midianite army in the land of Moab.
47 When Hadad died, Samlah from the city of Masrekah became king.
48 When Samlah died, Shaul from the city of Rehoboth on the river became king.
49 When Shaul died, Baal-hanan son of Acbor became king.
50 When Baal-hanan died, Hadad became king and ruled from the city of Pau. His wife was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred and granddaughter of Me-zahab. 51 Then Hadad died.

The clan leaders of Edom were Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, 52 Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, 53 Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, 54 Magdiel, and Iram. These were the clan leaders of Edom.

You have read through the first chapter with not much but long and boring lists of names! Now let me break it to you gently:  the next several chapters are quite similar! But don’t falter — stick with me here!

The modern reader, if he approaches biblical genealogies at all, does so with some bewilderment. If he is accustomed to think of the Bible as “profitable for teaching” (2 Tim. 3:16), they may leave him feeling untaught. Despite their formidable character, however, the genealogies afford important insights into the character of biblical religion. Their function, broadly speaking, is to show that the promises and purposes of God continue. The genealogies of Gen. 5, for example, convey at once the ideas of the filling of the earth which belongs to the original commission to mankind (Gen. 1:28), and of the entry of death (in the refrain “and he died”) following the first rebellion against God (Gen. 3). The genealogies of Matt. 1 place the birth of Jesus in succession to the promise to Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3) and to the Israelite royal line. 

In these places, as in First Chronicles, genealogies are much more than a succession of dry “begats.” They affirm a divine place for creation, within which mankind enjoys a special place (Gen. 1:26ff). They show at once how Israel’s present arises out of its past, and how God’s initial purposes for mankind are fulfilled in her. They show how God’s plans for Israel are ultimately brought to fruition by Jesus Christ.

–J. G. McConville

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Music:

Speaking of names . . .  My sister a teacher, recently told me that she once had a female student whose first name was Cigarette.  I guess that is even worse than having “A Boy Named Sue”!   (Thank you, Johnny Cash!)  HERE.

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New Living Translation (NLT)   Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
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Raphael.     http://www.clt.astate.edu/wnarey/religious%20studies%20program/Noah%20and%20His%20Sons%20Building%20the%20Ark%20by%20Raphael.jpg
Gomer Pyle.    https://seattle98.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/150.jpg
ham.     https://www.shonaskitchen.co.za/recipes-GLAZED-HAM-713.html
M*A*S*H*.     https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/mash-tv-show-15.jpeg
Abraham and the stars.     https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/abraham-stars1.jpg
star of David, cross, and crescent and star.     http://rlv.zcache.com/jewish_christian_islamic_tshirt-d2352492133479505472c63n_210.jpg
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map of Edom.    https://alsowritten.wordpress.com/2018/11/26/the-elijah-message-of-malachi-%D7%90%D7%9C%D7%99%D7%94%D7%95/
congratulations!    http://exceptionalnurse.blogspot.com/2015/03/high-school-students-to-graduate-as.html

1836.) 1 Chronicles 29

May 16, 2016

A 1962 Israeli gold coin shows King David.  This coin is a collector’s item; it has no legal tender value.

1 Chronicles 29 (New Living Translation)

Gifts for Building the Temple

1 Then King David turned to the entire assembly and said, “My son Solomon, whom God has clearly chosen as the next king of Israel, is still young and inexperienced. The work ahead of him is enormous, for the Temple he will build is not for mere mortals—it is for the Lord God himself! 2Using every resource at my command, I have gathered as much as I could for building the Temple of my God. Now there is enough gold, silver, bronze, iron, and wood, as well as great quantities of onyx, other precious stones, costly jewels, and all kinds of fine stone and marble.

3 “And now, because of my devotion to the Temple of my God, I am giving all of my own private treasures of gold and silver to help in the construction. This is in addition to the building materials I have already collected for his holy Temple. 4 I am donating more than 112 tons of gold from Ophir and 262 tons of refined silver to be used for overlaying the walls of the buildings 5 and for the other gold and silver work to be done by the craftsmen. Now then, who will follow my example and give offerings to the Lord today?”

from The Hungry Heart:  Daily Devotions from the Old Testament
by Jan Carlberg

King David poured his resources—wealth, wisdom, relationships, and experience—into building God’s house. Then love overtook zealous planning and giving, and David dug into his personal treasuries. Nothing was too good for his God! Gold and silver spilled out to overlay the walls of the temple. Having led by example, King David turned to his people and asked, “Now, who is willing to consecrate himself today to the Lord?” David could ask the question because he had answered with his life.

How have your personal treasures been affected by your love for God?

6 Then the family leaders, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, the generals and captains of the army, and the king’s administrative officers all gave willingly. 7 For the construction of the Temple of God, they gave about 188 tons of gold, 10,000 gold coins, 375 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze, and 3,750 tons of iron. 8 They also contributed numerous precious stones, which were deposited in the treasury of the house of the Lord under the care of Jehiel, a descendant of Gershon. 9 The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord, and King David was filled with joy.

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2 Corinthians 9:7 (ESV)

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

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David’s gift is more than simply a gesture of great generosity. It amounts to a forfeit of an important visible guarantee of his personal security. In an age when many people channel large proportions of their substance into safeguarding their future David’s example here is salutary. Jesus too took up the theme of voluntary vulnerability in a number of his sayings — Matthew 16:24-26, for example:

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.  What good will it be for you to gain the whole world, yet forfeit your soul? Or what can you give in exchange for your soul?”

And his Incarnation left us with the supreme example of faithfulness to the challenge. The gospel calls into jeopardy not only the “fringe benefits” or the “little luxuries” of life, but its centre and substance. Often the extent to which we are prepared to put at risk our material well-being is a measure of the seriousness with which we take our discipleship.

–J. G. McConville

David’s Prayer of Praise

10Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly:

“O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.

Did Jesus have these verses in the back of his mind when he gave the disciples the Lord’s Prayer? For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.

13 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! 14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! 15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.

Hebrews 11:13-16   (CEB)

All of these people died in faith without receiving the promises, but they saw the promises from a distance and welcomed them. They confessed that they were strangers and immigrants on earth.  People who say this kind of thing make it clear that they are looking for a homeland.  If they had been thinking about the country that they had left, they would have had the opportunity to return to it.  But at this point in time, they are longing for a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God isn’t ashamed to be called their God—he has prepared a city for them.

16 “O Lord our God, even this material we have gathered to build a Temple to honor your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you! 17 I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously.
18 “O Lord, the God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, make your people always want to obey you. See to it that their love for you never changes. 19 Give my son Solomon the wholehearted desire to obey all your commands, laws, and decrees, and to do everything necessary to build this Temple, for which I have made these preparations.”

20 Then David said to the whole assembly, “Give praise to the Lord your God!” And the entire assembly praised the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and they bowed low and knelt before the Lord and the king.

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Music:

“See to it that our love for you, Lord, never changes.”  HERE  is Chris Rice’s beautiful hymn, “Come to Jesus.”  A fitting song as we read the last chapter of the book of 1 Chronicles!

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden’s lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby
Don’t be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we fall…so
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can’t contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory’s side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!

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Solomon Named as King

Solomon became king around 970 BCE.

21 The next day they brought 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, and 1,000 male lambs as burnt offerings to the Lord. They also brought liquid offerings and many other sacrifices on behalf of all Israel. 22They feasted and drank in the Lord’s presence with great joy that day.

And again they crowned David’s son Solomon as their new king. They anointed him before the Lord as their leader, and they anointed Zadok as priest. 23 So Solomon took the throne of the Lord in place of his father, David, and he succeeded in everything, and all Israel obeyed him. 24 All the officials, the warriors, and the sons of King David pledged their loyalty to King Solomon. 25 And the Lord exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel, and he gave Solomon greater royal splendor than any king in Israel before him.

The major difference of the Chronicles account from the Samuel-Kings account of the transition from David to Solomon is the strong focus on the temple. Everything else is subordinated to this. We hear nothing of the tussle between David’s sons over the succession, nor of the moral weakness of David, nor of Solomon’s own brutal suppression of his enemies. The transition is clean and the issues are clear.

–Philip E. Satterthwaite and J. Gordan McConville

Summary of David’s Reign

26 So David son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. 27 He reigned over Israel for forty years, seven of them in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. 28He died at a ripe old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth, and honor. Then his son Solomon ruled in his place.

29 All the events of King David’s reign, from beginning to end, are written in The Record of Samuel the Seer, The Record of Nathan the Prophet, and The Record of Gad the Seer. 30 These accounts include the mighty deeds of his reign and everything that happened to him and to Israel and to all the surrounding kingdoms.

from the Life Application Bible:

First Chronicles vividly illustrates the importance of maintaining a relationship with God, particularly as illustrated by the life of David. Few men or women in the Bible were as close to God as David was. His daily contact with God increased his capacity to worship and strengthened his desire to build God’s temple. David’s life shows us the importance of staying close to God—through studying and obeying his Word and communicating with him daily. Second Chronicles, on the other hand, reveals how quickly our lives can deteriorate (spiritually, mentally, and socially) when we fail to stay well grounded in God.

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We will get to Second Chronicles in a few days.  Until then, we shall spend some time in the Psalms and the New Testament.  Something cheerful before we head toward division and exile!

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New Living Translation (NLT)   Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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