Daily reading assignment – 1 Chronicles 7-10

As mentioned in the earlier devotional, the first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles is largely dedicated to the genealogical record of the sons of Jacob (i.e. Israel) and the Twelve Tribes of their lineage.

1 Chronicles 7

1 Chronicles 7 documents the tribal lineages of Issachar (7:1-5), Benjamin (7:6-11), Naphtali (7:13), the half-tribe of Manasseh that settled west of the Jordan River in Canaan (7:14-19), Ephraim (7:20-23), and Asher (7:30-40).

1 Chronicles 8

The lineage of Benjamin, of whom was born Saul, Israel’s first king, is recorded in 1 Chronicles 8.

1 Chronicles 9

1 Chronicles 9 concludes the genealogical record of all Israel from the Babylonian captivity. The ancestral record of the tribes was stored in the Temple in Jerusalem and returned to Judah after the captivity where they were maintained until the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD.  The Hebrew records were lost in the destruction of the Temple.

The genealogical record of the Levites and their occupation in the ministry of the Temple are recorded (9:2-34).  1 Chronicles 9 concludes with a record of the lineage of Saul, Israel’s first king and his sons (9:35-44).

1 Chronicles 10

We have noted in an earlier devotional the reign and death of Saul, Israel’s first king (1 Samuel 31:1-10). 1 Chronicles 10 gives us another perspective of Israel’s defeat at the hands of the Philistines, along with the humiliation that followed the deaths of Saul and his sons on the battlefield (10:1-10).

On a personal note: I have explored my family tree in recent years. I have sifted through courthouse records; combed through dusty, yellowed newspaper clippings; explored cemeteries (some ancestors were found buried in a family graveyard that had been absorbed into a farmer’s field); and searched Ancestry.com.

After years of study and research, I propose a universal certainty… DEATH!

On that topic, I invite you to consider several profundities: 1) Everyone who eats chocolate, will die. 2) Anyone who refuses to eat broccoli or cauliflower, will eventually die. 3) Everyone who exercises, will inevitably die. You might think, “Those are not philosophical profundities. They are silly parallels!”

You are right! The absurdity is that many live as though they believe they will be the one exception! I assure you, you will not. As it was with my ancestors, so will it be for you and me: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Physical death is inevitable; however, the matter of God’s judgment rests with your decision to either trust or reject Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16).

Spiritual death is eternal separation from God, and Hell (Revelation 20:12-15) is the destiny of all sinners apart from a Savior who will take their place and bear the punishment for their sins (Isaiah 59:2).  Friend, God has provided us a substitute, a Savior-Redeemer. He is Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:8 – But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith