PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 1 Chronicles 1-9
(Because of the long list of names, I am covering 9 chapters today)
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Taken captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness.” (1 Chronicles 9:1)
Although this is a long list of names, there is a story that runs through it.
These books were written after Israel returned from their captivity in Babylon.
It is not just a record of the facts, it is a sermon, a story with a life lesson.
The comfort in this reading, including the list of names, is realizing God’s mercy.
God stays true through it all, even though his people keep messing up.
Human sin is inevitably the reason behind all the world’s misery and troubles.
God wants to bless us and keep us from pain (1 Chronicles 4:10).
But things go bad either because (1) we make unwise or sinful choices or…
(2) Someone else does, and we are paying for their sinful choices.
The Spirit of Jesus is reminding us how choices have consequences (1 Corinthians 10:6).
In Jesus we see how God works through our family tree to save us (Matthew 1).
The moral of this story is captivity… or forgiveness and freedom if we turn to God.
We add to this story (and list of names) by our own choices, but what are we adding?
Thankfully God has added Jesus to our story, and makes it possible for a better ending!
Lord, thank you for joining me in my story to work out a better ending. Help me to learn from these stories, and make better choices with your help.