A History Lesson (1 Chronicles 2; Psalm 43) – Part 1 of 2 devotional posts.

Scripture reading – 1 Chronicles 2; Psalm 43

Review of 1 Chronicles 1

The previous devotional introduced the First Book of the Chronicles, and it provided us with a genealogical study of human history beginning with Adam, the first man (1 Chronicles 1:1; Genesis 1:27-27; 2:18-25). The lineages of humanity are presented in the first chapter, descending from the sons of Noah, through Japheth (1:5-7), Ham (1:8-16), and Shem (1:17-23). While many of the great nations of the world would emanate from Japheth and Ham, it is the lineage of Shem and his descendants that is the central focus of the Biblical narrative.

The great patriarchs of the faith would be born of Shem’s posterity, beginning with Abraham, whom the LORD commanded to separate from “Ur of the Chaldees” (1:24; Genesis 11:10-32). With the promise that through him “all families of the earth [would] be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3), Abraham believed and obeyed God (Genesis 12:4).

Of the sons born to Abraham (Ishmael the firstborn, Isaac, and the sons born to Keturah, 1:32-33), it was Isaac who was the heir of the covenant, and to him was born Jacob, whom the LORD called Israel, the father of the twelve sons, who became the fathers of the Twelve Tribes of Israel (2:1).

The Sons of Judah, the Royal Tribe (1 Chronicles 2)

The twelve sons of Jacob, later named Israel, are recorded in 1 Chronicles 2 (2:1-2). The lineage of Judah, the fourth born son of Israel, is of particular interest (2:5-55) because he would be the father of the royal tribe. Of his five sons (2:3-5) was born Pharez (i.e., Perez), the father of Hezron (2:9-15) through whose seed would be born David (2:15), and ultimately the LORD Jesus Christ (both Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Joseph were of the tribe of Judah).

There is so much more that could be added to this brief study of names in 1 Chronicles 2; however, I fear that might prove counterproductive to the goal of both commentary and brevity.

Copyright 2021 – Travis D. Smith