AWAKE BIBLE IN A YEAR APRIL 18
Read 1 Chronicles 1-2, Psalm 43-44
You may be wondering, like myself WHY Chronicles is in the book? HMMM didn’t we already read about theses stories? Chronicles is written after Israel returns from exile under the time of the rebuilding of the temple. They no longer have a king or anyone from the line of David in rule and so it’s a recounting of confidence in their history. They are asking the question is God still interested in us? And the writer of Chronicles is recounting their history to say yes, yes he is!
Chronicles will make parallels between Moses and David and Joshua and Solomon. Both Moses and David take the Israelites only so far, when God says the rest is for your successor.
There is an emphasis on trust and hope in God even when life is staggering, and they have drunk the wine of astonishment (Psalm 60:3). His promises will come to pass and he will awake and move on the behalf of ISRAEL once again.
The reminder of the genealogy is useful as well because we see Joab was David‘s nephew from his sister Zeruiah, and she had three sons: Abishai, Joab, and Asahel. Joab is fiercely loyal and shrewdly kills Abner in revenge for his brother’s death. He is the commander of David’s army along with his brothers. (1 Chronicles 2:16)
The last sentence of Psalm 43:5 sums up the emphasis of Chronicles, ‘Hope in God, for I shall again praise HIM, the help of my countenance and my God.
Psalm 44:23-26 is an appeal for help, AWAKE to our need. Redeem!