God’s Agenda (I Chronicles 1-2)

34 Abraham fathered Isaac. The sons of Isaac: Esau and Israel, I Chronicles 1:34

If you are 50 and older and grew up in home where Christian was honored, you probably had a family Bible somewhere in the house. I remember my grandparents had our family Bible. As a kid I did not value it, but now I do. In our family Bible were the names of people when they were born and when they died. There were also the names of people’s wedding dates. It was our family tree in the front section of the family Bible.

Now that I am older I truly see the value of a Godly heritage. Each person is a product of their family heritage.

As we open our Bibles to I Chronicles we find a listing of many names. We know these names make up the family tree of the Jewish people from Adam to Zerubbabel (Chapters 1-9). Dr. Ed Hinson’s commentary is very helpful:

“The writer is showing the returners their geneological connection to God’s-redemptive purpose. These were called to worship God,” (The Essence of the Old Testament).

As I now own my grandparents Bible-I am reminded to do two things:

  1. To praise the Lord for placing me in a home where I heard the gospel and became a Christ-follower.
  2. To seek to pass on what has been given to me.

There are two New Testament passages that stand out to me:

I Corinthians 10:6-11

Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ[c] to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, 10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.

II Timothy 2:1-2

 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men,[a] who will be able to teach others also.

Two questions:

  1. What are the lessons you learned from your ancestors?
  2. What lessons are you passing onto others?

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