CHRONICLES-1 TOTAL CHAPTERS: 29
CHRONICLES-1 TOTAL VERSES: 942
TOTAL WORDS: 20,369
DATE WRITTEN: 450 – 425 BC
Israel’s Spiritual History, History Of Judah Through David
God, David, Solomon, and Kings of Judah
BOOK OF CHRONICLES-1 KEY VERSES:
11:1-2: All Israel came together to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, even while Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the LORD your God said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.
21:13: David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men.
29:11: Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.
According to Jewish traditions, same like the book of Kings, Chronicles were originally one book. The translators of the Greek Version gave them the title, Paralipomena, meaning things left over or things added in a supplement. Implying their use as a continuation to Samuel and Kings. But Chronicles are not merely a repeat of the history already recorded in the books of Samuel and Kings. It contains more detail on the organization of public worship, religious ceremonies and of the relationship of kings to the worship of God. It is an account of history from Adam to exile, written to direct the restoration of the kingdom during the post-exilic period. The book was written to remind the nation of their entire history, and of their position among other nations, emphasizing the history of priestly worship from the death of Saul to the end of the Babylonian captivity. The first nine chapters of Chronicles-1 are dedicated to lists and genealogies. The genealogies also contain names of all twelve tribes of Isreal. Issac sons Esau and Jacob, the later was renamed Israel. The sons of Israel were the 12 tribes of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Judah, Benjamin.
The last two eventually became the Southern Kingdom, and the others the Northern Kingdom. In between, it records David’s ascension to the throne and David’s son Solomon becoming King of Israel. Most of the negative portraits of David recorded earlier in Kings is omitted, casting David in a positive light. The final portion of the book is an abbreviated history of the kings of Judah. Simply Chronicles was written to help God’s people experience the kind of future that God intends, fully realizing the love and power of God.
CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY:
Chapter#1 – From Adam to Abraham. Abraham’s Descendants. Isaac’s Descendants. Edom’s tribes & kings.
Chapter#2 – Judah’s line led to Obed, Jesse and David. Descendants of Hezron, Jerahmeel, Caleb listed
Chapter#3 – David’s sons & concubines. Solomon’s line led to Jeconiah, and then to the sons of Elioenai.
Chapter#4 – Other descendants of Judah. Descendants Of Simeon
Chapter#5 – The Descendants Of Reuben. Hagrites are conquered. Gad & Manasseh
Chapter#6 – Descendants of Levi. The Descendants Of Aaron. Lands & cities given to Levities to live in.
Chapter#7 – Descendants of Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, Joseph & Asher.
Chapter#8 – Descendants of Benjamin. Saul’s family line.
Chapter#9 – The Genealogy Of Returned Exiles. Saul’s family line repeated
Chapter#10 – Philistines fought Israel and Saul fell on his sword. Death of Saul and his sons. Philistines invade Israel. Saul buried
Chapter#11 – The Anointing Of David As King. David captures Zion. Mighty men of David named and described
Chapter#12 – David And His Mighty Men At Ziklag. David’s leaders named, numbered, described
Chapter#13 – The Ark brought from Kiriath-jearim. Uzza touched ark and God killed Uzza.
Chapter#14 – David’s Wives And Children. David’s kingdom. Philistines battle. David won
Chapter#15 – Levites carry the Ark to Jerusalem. Israel celebrated. David danced and Michal displeased with David
Chapter#16 – David made offerings and appointed singers. Wrote a song to God
Chapter#17 – David not to build the temple. Yahweh’s Covenant With David. David’s son will build a temple
Chapter#18 – David’s Victory Over His Enemies. David’s administration
Chapter#19 – The Ammonites Humiliate David’s Messengers. Israel won the battle against Ammon & Syria
Chapter#20 – The Capture Of Rabbah. War broke out with the Philistines and David and his men killed the giants.
Chapter#21 – David census of people but after that he regretted. God sent a plague that killed 70000. David made the sacrifice.
Chapter#22 – David’s preparations for the temple. Commanded Solomon to build the temple in Jerusalem
Chapter#23 – David Organized The Levites. Princes, priests & Levites numbered & listed by David; job types & roles listed
Chapter#24 – David Organizes The Priests. Their offices, services & orderings listed during the time of David
Chapter#25 – David Organizes The Musicians.
Chapter#26 – Divisions of gatekeepers. Judges & workers of the temple listed
Chapter#27 – Officers in the king’s service listed. Military Divisions & army generals listed
Chapter#28 – David’s speech on the temple construction. Instructed Solomon to build temple & serve God
Chapter#29 -Contributions for the temple. David blessed Israel. The Enthronement Of Solomon. David died at an old age.