2 Samuel 8-9, 1 Chronicles 18

This read is bittersweet only because I know what is on the horizon. These chapters sum up a series of battles that grow the land that was conquered from 6,000 sq. miles to 60,000 sq miles.  “The Lord gave David victory wherever he went”

10. David's Rise, Fall, and Punishment (2 Samuel 8-12). Life of David: Discipleship Lessons, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

I spent quite a bit of time in my research chasing rabbits and something new I learned is that conquering this land gave David’s kingdom many mines, specifically copper.  Mining will be instrumental to David’s vision of building a “House” for God instead of the current tent.

Chapter 9:   This chapter highlights the character and integrity of David.  Typically a new king seeks and kills any heirs from the former King.  In this case, David finds Saul’s grandson Mephiboshen and honors the covenant he made with Jonothan before he died.

1 Chronicles 18

14 David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.”

Happy Mother’s Day. 😉


2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17

The Davidic Covenant — The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology

This is a VERY IMPORTANT READ.  It is not long so find a quiet place to hang on EVERY WORD.  We have talked about Covenant in the past.  There is conditional and unconditional.  The Covenants with Noah and Abraham were UNCONDITIONAL.  It did not matter what happened going forward God would NEVER break his Covenant.

Noahic Covenant:

  • He will preserve the Earth
  • He will preserve his creatures

Abrahamic Covenant:

  • The Promised Land of Canaan
  • The Promise of Numerous Offspring
  • The Promise of Blessings into the World

The Mosaic  (Moses) Covenant, however, was “Conditional”.  The Covenant given at Mt. Sinai was dependent on Israel’s obedience to following the Laws given.  Blessings were dependent on obedience.

Regardless of all the jaw-dropping moments, we have read, God has never broken the Covenant with Abraham and Noah.  Now we come to one of the most important chapters in the Bible: The Covenant was given to David: The Davidic Covenant.

Let’s start with verse 1: After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”

David is living in a palace made of Cedar (Cedar was a big deal back in those days) and God was living in a tent.  I can picture David looking out his window and his heart breaks over this.   HOWEVER, is God really living in a tent?? NO.  The ark is the symbol of His Presence for the community. God,  however, is everywhere!

Skip to Verse 7: Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’  Code for “I don’t need a house!!”

Verse 8-11  Go back and circle all the “I” commands in the speech.  David is not the “caretaker” for the Lord, the Lord is the caretaker for David.  Click here.

Ready: Let’s do this…I am unglued!  This Covenant has 2 layers: Near Fulfillment and Far Fulfillment. David/Messiah. Start at verse 11

“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom.  He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.  But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.  Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me  your throne will be established forever.’”

This is an unconditional covenant made between God and David through which God promises David and Israel that the Messiah would come from the lineage of David and the tribe of Judah and would establish a kingdom that would endure forever. The Davidic Covenant is unconditional because God does not place any conditions of obedience upon its fulfillment. (thank heavens!)

Jesus Christ was called the ” Son of David” according to the Davidic covenant. The promise that David’s house and throne would be established eternally is important because it is a prophecy concerning the coming Messiah—specifically, that He would come from the house of David.

Let’s read a “begat” (fun word to say)

  • Click here to read The Gospel of Matthew 1: read the first verse (actually read the first 6)
  • Click here to read The Baptism Genealogy.  David is in both of them (but 2 different sons listed) (The WHY on that is mindblowing if you want to research it!) 🤓

David’s Prayer.  Picture David praying this in his lavish cedar palace surrounded by the warriors and “The Three” to protect him.  He is a King!  Yet this prayer….oh this prayer,  he has the perfect attitude about who he is and whose he is.

Ten times he referred to himself as “your servant” and eight times he called God his “Master”.  The flow of this prayer went:

  • thankfulness for his promise,
  • to praise for what God had done in the past,
  • to petition for the future fulfillment of God’s promises.

David’s prayer included humility, gratitude, praise, remembrance, and acknowledgment.  Truly a man after God’s own heart! ❤️❤️❤️

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2 Samuel 5:11-6:23 and 1 Chron 13-16

Everyone has their own way of studying…this is how I study this section:  I read 2 Samuel.  I research and study.  Then I read 1 Chronicles.  If at that point I understand 1 Chron, then I know I am “good to go”.  I also look to see which section is longer.  When I see 1 Chronicles is longer I know it is a “good” read because Ezra usually only wrote about obedience, not failure. (so if you see Samuel is the linger book…☹️

2 Samuel

Well, David has been busy making babies.  Refer to the David Genealogy we printed. (click here). (Lacey I mailed this one to you)


David is no stranger to the Philistines.  Since the day of Goliath, the name Philistines has been in his life.  They have been enemies but David has been in their land hiding from Saul.  They grew accustomed to David being around until they heard he wasn’t JUST the king of Judah, now he has been anointed the King of Israel (and Judah).  You can see now the Philistines see him as a threat.  David,  even as a king, consulted with the Lord on all his decisions (for now).  Here is a map to go with the read.

Map of the Territory of the Philistines (Bible History Online)

Chapter 6

If you went back to 1 Samuel 6 and 7 you would remember that the Ark was stolen by the Philistines and then when it was returned it was kept in a house….in a house!!!  Could you imagine the knock on the door that day!

1 Samuel 7:

So the men of Kiriath Jearim came and took up the ark of the Lord. They brought it to Abinadab’s house on the hill and consecrated Eleazar his son to guard the ark of the Lord. The ark remained at Kiriath Jearim a long time—twenty years in all.

So this sweet boy named Uzzah puts his hand out and touches the Ark when the oxen stumbled, and The Lord was so angry He struck him dead right then and there.  If this is your first time reading this story this may seem harsh…I mean c’mon his heart is in the right place!  Oh, how I have used that phrase many, many times….”Well, her heart is in the right place”.  I even use it on myself “Well, I am going to do that or not do that…it doesn’t really matter because my heart is in the right place!  No!  The scriptures don’t affirm that, it is black and white…do what is right!

  • Why is the Ark on a cart?? I may have skimmed a little during some of the law (only when it was repeated I promise) BUT I definitely would have remembered a cart. (If God had used a southern woman to write this, it would have been called a Buggie 😂)  God is Holy and He will be treated as Holy.  ONLY members of the Kohath family in the Tribe of Levi are to carry the Ark using the special poles, like this:

E28-2: Why the term 'LEVITE PRIESTS' is misleading - WELCOME TO ...

  • Is Uzzah from the Kohath tribe?
  •  The Ark is NEVER to be touched.  Ever!  That’s why we have special poles!
  • God did not stumble…the Ox did!

If God had ignored this scene as they were bringing the Ark (The Lord) to Jerusalem He would be dismissing the process of how we spiritually and physically approach God.  If God had ignored this moment it would have said “All that I have taught you about who “I AM’”, was wrong and you don’t have to follow my decrees, as long as your heart is in the right place.  This has to be one of the best stories in the Bible to think about all day.  How do we view or approach the Lord?  Has Uzzah been living with The Ark in his house for so long he has grown “too comfortable” with the Presence of the Lord (ouch, right)?   I am so sorry if you like the song “I am a friend of God”, but it drives me crazy!  He is the Almighty, All-Knowing, All-powerful, Creator of the Universe!`Uzzah may have had his heart in the right place but how he approached the Lord was wrong and God used this as a HUGE “teachable moment” for David and the Israelites.

So what appears to be a harsh moment in the Bible is the absolute opposite.  What should the consequence have been for all of them that day?  What should the consequence be for us?  Today is a great day to take a step back and think about our reverence for Our Lord.

David himself took a 3-month “moment” to collect himself and move the Ark correctly.  Again, could you imagine the knock at the door at Obed-Edom’s house?  The Ark eventually will be in Jerusalem.  As David returns and follows the directions for properly moving the Ark, he brings it to a town called Gibeon, about 6 miles just outside the town of Jerusalem.

Map Of Campaign Against The Philistines - Ark Of The Covenant Journey (1000x900), Png Download

1 Chronicles: Besides the awesome detail (for geeks like me), how amazing is it to read Asaph and how the Psalms are incorporated.  I tend to think of them as scrolls that were written.  They were sang, read, memorized..used!

The next 2 days are Psalms.  Please mark your calendar for May 7th as we turn the page to 2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17.  Let’s call this 7-17!  It is a HUGE HUGE READ that without it, I don’t know how anyone reads the New Testament!

2 Samuel 5:1-10 and 1 Chronicles 11-12

Just like when we read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we read the same time period from different perspectives intended for different audiences.  That is how we will be reading for a little while.  Many of you will prefer 2 Samuel, others will prefer the Chronicles.  What is important is not what is the same but looking for what is different.  The Chronicler is going to depict David’s victories and the support from the nation in stark contrast to the struggles David has through  1 Sam, 2 Sam, and the Psalms.

Think about it, look at our textbooks on World History, how do they depict America to the next generation?  Do they choose to write about the victories or the failures?  Well, the Chronicler is writing a textbook for the next generation.

2 Samuel 5:1:10

This is the 3rd anointing of David.  The first one was a private ceremony with Samuel (1 Samuel 16:13), then he was anointed king of Judah (2 Sam. 2:4), finally, David was so patient to wait on God’s timing to “King him” over All of Israel.

When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel.

David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

JERUSALEM- What a huge moment. A few reads ago we were talking about Mt. Zion (Jerusalem), in the Psalms and I showed you this:

Jerusalem | All Geography Now

Mt. Zion is 2,540 feet above sea level, and to make it even harder to conquer is it sits on top of a Valley 1,300 below sea level.  When David marched out to conquer it, the Jebusites laughed!  “Even the lame and blind would be able to fight off an army trying to take this city.”  Well, David had a secret weapon….The Lord! ❤️  David used the water shaft to gain entrance and took over the city called “The City of David”.  I have not been to Israel but I know some of you have and you can still see Warren’s shaft today.  Amazing!

On that day David had said, “Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies” That is why they say, “The ‘blind and lame’ will not enter the palace.”

If the story is a major victory like this one, the Chronicler is to love writing about it.

1 Chron 11 and 12

The focus here is God. Jerusalem is centrally located, about 11 acres, with deep valleys on 3 sides, and possessed an excellent water source.  David takes immediate action to fortify the city as his capital.  David’s capture of Jerusalem was foundational to all the political and religious events that will follow.

David honors the Lord for this defeat by pouring his drink (as a drink offering) to the Lord. Chapter 11 closes with giving credit to the military men who risked their lives,  starting with “The Three”.


David’s Men (his inner circle) and the additional 30 are named as loyal warriors that provide protection for King David.

Chapter 12- The chapter is split in half showing the support David received before and after king Saul going back to the days when David was in Ziklag.  I particularly like the verse that ends the first half:

22 Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.

Starting in verse 23 the Chronicler shows the support from ALL the nations for David after the death of Saul.  We end with the entire nation gathered around David celebrating his kingship.

They came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel. They were one mind to make David king.

1 Chronicles 7-10

YOU DID IT!  You crossed the finish line of a 9 chapter genealogy! Process that!  Would you have done that 120 days ago??

Chapter 7: I know this is hard and I would be lying if I didn’t say I just looked for names I recognized (there were more than I thought I would.  My favorite was:  Another descendant was named Zelophehad, who had only daughters.    Hey I know them!  When the Israelites return from captivity this genealogy is the RECORD that they will use to prove they are a descendant of Abraham.  Super important! So we finish with Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, and Asher. (Did anyone notice we were missing 2 tribes)  The one to really notice is Dan!  OUCH.  He is also missing in Revelation.   (feel free to click here for a recall)

I talk about the captivity and because we are still leading up to it, it might confuse you.  So here it is in a nutshell:  

  • They are IN the land.
  • God told them what to do when they go there.
  • God will send Prophet after Prophet warning them to repent and follow God
  • They don’t
  • God says “I put you in that land-I can take you out of that land”
  • HE DOES!!!  He HANDS THEM OVER TO THEIR ENEMIES-they are Captive.  The Captivity.
  • When they are released, the temple is a pile of rubble so most scatter to greener pastures…only a REMNANT return.

Chapter 8 The Benjaminites-Benjamins’ genealogy is related to the fact that is the descendants of Judah and Benjamin will form the core of the Remnant that returns.  (When we divide the Monarchy, Judah and Benjamin will be one side (2 tribes)  and the other 10 tribes will be the other so this makes sense)

Chapter 9 Ezra the Author of this book,  writes about the Remnant of Israelites that will return after the captivity to rebuild the Temple (What do you mean to rebuild it…how does it get destroyed??….I guess you are going to have to keep reading to find out!)  So chapter 9 is the “Restoration Community”.

9:1 All Israel was listed in the genealogies recorded in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. They were taken captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness. Now the first to resettle on their own property in their own towns were some Israelites, priests, Levites and temple servants.

OK, that was tough to get through without skimming (so I clicked the LISTEN option)

Chapter 10- FINALLY!!!

We get back to History and as we begin the transition to the DAVIDIC MONARCHY.  As much as we love David, like EVERY person we have read about in the Bible that God has chosen for His purposes he will be far from perfect.  The ONLY government that would be perfect is a THEOCRACY (under 1 God)- and the people said: “Yeah, that ain’t working for us…we want a king like our enemies have”.  So God gave them what they asked for….Saul.

We end today with a recap of where we left off last week, but the Chronicler told it from God’s point of view.   So if I asked you “Who killed Saul”? Some might say:

  1. The Philistines
  2. His Arm bearer
  3. His Own wishes (Himself)
  4. The Amalekite who brought the crown to David (remember that!)

But as we read the Psalms the one thing we hear over and over is GOD is in control.  David TRULY believed that.  Do we??

After 14 years of running for his life and countless opportunities to kill Saul (and I am sure he could rationalize his actions to his friends), HE TRUSTED GOD….for 14 years!!!

13 Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, 14 and did not inquire of the LordSo the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.

If you want to get ahead at all in your reading:

Apr 30: Ps 102-104
May 1: 2Sam 5:1-10; 1Chron 11-12

1 Chronicles 6

Listen, I am not going to pretend like this is an exciting chapter.  It’s not.  But if you were Jewish, and you were returning to Jerusalem with Ezra in 500 years, you would want to know if your family was recorded. It matters to them.

At the center of the genealogies, we come to Levi.  Quick recap: There are 12 tribes of Israel (from the 12 sons of Jacob).  Levi gets carved out as a Priesthood to care for the Tabernacle (leaving 11).  Joseph’s line gets split in 2 (Ephraim and Manasseh) so that brings us back to 12.Map of The Journeys of Jacob (Bible History Online)

So here is a recap visual of our tabernacle:

What Was the Tabernacle (Mishkan)? | My Jewish Learning

Let’s go way back to the Burning Bush.  Remember Moses said I cannot do what you are asking me to do!! I am slow at speech.  (As if God didn’t know!! Ha).  God put Moses’ brother Aaron on the job with him.  Moses had 1 brother and 1 Sister: (Look on the bottom left corner)

Parashat Korach - Quick Summary


Chapter 6 starts with the above

The sons of Levi:

Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

The sons of Kohath:

Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.

The children of Amram:

Aaron, Moses and Miriam.

Aaron (regardless of the countless crazy mistakes he makes) receives the privilege of the High Priest.  ALL High Priests come from the line of Aaron.  Wait!  Flag on the field!   All High Priests are SUPPOSED to come from Aaron.  Well, If the author of this book is Ezra, what Ezra does not know is that by the time Jesus is born, the High Priest position has become a “political” position and corrupt!

If you have an interest in following the entire priestly genealogy I keep a copy in the Handouts section. (or click here)  You will see the line ends with the captivity:

Verse 15: Jozadak was deported when the Lord sent Judah and Jerusalem into exile by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.

STUDY 7: The Priests. The Day of Atonement. – BIBLE Students DAILY

Then we read the Temple Musicians.

Verse 31:These are the men David put in charge of the music in the house of the Lord after the ark came to rest there. 32 They ministered with music before the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, until Solomon built the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. They performed their duties according to the regulations laid down for them.

We see that David (a musician himself) put together a worship team at the tabernacle and then they moved to the Temple that Solomon builds in Jerusalem.  Wait, Solomon?  David does not build the temple??  No, he is not allowed!  If you don’t know why….you will have to keep reading!

These verses lay out the vision for cooperation among the Levites in the worship at the Temple (soon to come).  Of course, I put a heart next to Asaph after reading yesterday’s Psalms!!

Atonement: (covering sin)

48 Their fellow Levites were assigned to all the other duties of the tabernacle, the house of God. 49 But Aaron and his descendants were the ones who presented offerings on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense in connection with all that was done in the Most Holy Place, making atonement for Israel, in accordance with all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.

Only the High Priests entered the Most Holy Place, once a year to make an Annual Atonement for the sins of the nation.  The Most Holy Place was behind the curtain, where the Ark sat with God’s presence.

The Sanctuary. - ppt video online download

Finally, we have an account of their settlements (since they were not given a territory), they were placed in specific locations BY GOD so that everyone would have the ability to bring their sacrifices to the Lord regardless of where they lived,


1 Chronicles 3-5

This is a VERY visual read.  I recommend listening to it while you follow the charts.  I will attach a “listen to here in a minute”.  Look at the visuals first to get your bearings:

If the focus of this book is DAVID as the Covenant Line that will bring the Messiah, look at the top—Jesse.  Does Jesse ring a bell?  Kind of? (It is ok to say NO, we are taking in SO MUCH INFORMATION THIS YEAR).  You can find him on many of the handouts so far, but here is the cool answer: Remember back in Genesis, Judah went and slept with what he thought was a town prostitute (it was really his widowed daughter in law, Tamar) and did not have any money so he gave her the “Scarlet Cord”.  At the time I talked about following that scarlet cord to Jesus…so in today’s read we begin with the sons of David, but it is important to see verse 9,  TAMAR (a female) is mentioned. You may recall the name Jesse from the end of the book of Ruth too.

Image result for biblia jesse padre de david | Bible family tree ...

Now look below, if you want to print it… click here.  You should be able to recognize Jesse and David so far.  Do you remember the ‘wife swap’ issue (Michal) with King Saul (left side of the chart).  As we read I want you to follow David—Solomon—-Rehoboam. So cool!  Pause it when you need to find your spot on the visual.  Click here to listen.

Staring in verse 10:

The Kings of Judah (If you have never read 1 and 2 Kings…here is the movie trailer). The 12 tribes of Israel are going to divide (like a civil war). Judah verse Israel.

10 Solomon’s son was Rehoboam…

Now look at the line of Rehoboam (left side)

Chart of the kings of Judah and Israel | NathanRichardson.com | Bible timeline, Scripture mastery, Scripture study lds

I will stop the visual line here but notice that 17 says:

17 The descendants of Jehoiachin the captive:

Verse 17-34: the descendants during a time when the nation will be taken as captives.  What??? 

Suddenly we have Jabez and his prayer:



In chapter 4 it is not surprising we find a short genealogy of Simeon.  Simeon wasn’t supposed to receive land (from when he avenged Dinah’s rape with the massacre at the circumcision). But Judah let them have some of their land. Look familiar?

Map of the Promised Land

But in Judges, Simeon cooperated with Judah so they sort of became one tribe for a while.

Chapter 5: Look at the map above again.  We now read about the 2 1/2 tribes on the east side of the Jordan River “Transjordan Tribes”. Reuben, Gad, and 1/2 of Manasseh all have genealogies listed.

I should have addressed this earlier (sorry).  If the author of this book is possibly Ezra, who is he and why is he writing this book?  Look at this timeline: Found on Bing from www.pinterest.com | Bible timeline, Bible for kids, Bible lessons

Look at 1000 BC.  After the Temple is built the nation is going to split as mentioned earlier.  Jeroboam and Rehoboam will be the first “divided kingdom”. The nations will be called “Israel” and “Judah”. Now, look at the last line: 482 BC- Ezra.  He is writing this AFTER the EXILE (the captivity).  He writes the Chronicles to show the genealogy of those who return to rebuild the temple.  So will he write about the line that does not return? No.   (Think of the issues we have regarding the Civil War monuments). Does that make sense?

25 But they were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors and prostituted themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them. 26 So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria (that is, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria), who took the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh into exile. He took them to Halah, Habor, Hara and the river of Gozan, where they are to this day.

Only half of the divided kingdom will survive the Exile.  The line with the Covenant to Judah (The messianic line). Judah.

If you are confused, just keep going…it will all make sense when you do your 2nd read through one day. 🤪.   This book is written in hindsight.

Don’t forget your Jabaz assignment!

1 Chronicles 1-2

Let’s begin!!  Chapter 1 I am so excited for you to read this and say “Hey…I kind of get it”

Historical Records From Adam to Abraham

You need to dig into your memory bank!

Verse 1: Adam, Seth ,Enosh,  Kenan,  Mahalalel, Jared,  Enoch,  Methuselah, Lamech,  Noah.

Verse 1-3- These are straight from Genesis 5.  Read down the right side for the Hebrew meaning. (and the sentence it makes)

THEN…The flood

Questions about Noah's Flood - creation.com

Verse 4- Noah’s 3 Sons

  • Japheth– Gentiles (Me and You)
  • Ham- (Pig)- Cursed Nation  (Enemies)
  • Shem-“S”-Salvation- Adam to Jesus

Noah Japheth Shem Ham Cush Nimrod – Musicians4Freedom

The Legacy of Noah's Sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth

Genesis chapter 9 happened-remember Ham was the brother that disrespected Noah when he was drunk and naked- so his family line becomes the cursed nation

verse 17- Of the three sons, the one the Chronicler will focus on is Shem.  This family line will continue all the way to Mary and the birth of Christ.


Red Circle: Joktan’s genealogy that is known in the Bible before “the earth was divided”- The scattering after the tower of Babel occurred.

Blue Circle: Peleg’s genealogy that is known in the Bible which continues down to the time of Christ

Verse 28: The Family of Abraham

V:35 Esau’s sons (see above)

V:38The people of Seir (before they were called Edomites, their pre-name was Seir)

V:43 The Rulers of Edom:  So why are we talking about the ENEMIES of the Israelites.-The Edomites?

Well, first we need to know who they are…and who they are not!

  • The Edomites are the family line of Abraham right? BUT are they in the family line of David?  No.  He might be Abraham’s grandson but Jacob stole the Covenant line.  These were the kings that ruled when the Israelites whined…” we want a king like the other people do” in Judges.  This was who they took their example from??

Genesis Week 10 – Joseph's Slavery God's Promises “Now Joseph had ...

Phew! That was ALOT in chapter 1!  Moving on.  Does at least 20% make sense??  Then you are 20% ahead of where you were 112 days ago!

Chapter 2- Israel’s Sons. (Jacob’s Sons)

Do we start with SON #1 Reuben? NO- He slept with Dad’s Concubine!

Do we start with SON #2 Simeon? NO– He and his brother Levi told the Shechamites to get circumcised so they can marry into their family and then killed them all while they were healing to avenge the rape of their sister.

Do we start with SON #3 Levi? NO- Because of the above reason BUT they did redeem themselves at the golden calf debacle so they get to be the Priesthood

Do we start with SON #4 Judah? YES!  Judah will be the one who gets the blessing of the Covenant!

(By the way, if we were together in person you would be laughing your butt off at me….I would be drawing and circling names all over the place….” Remember Onan….the pull and pray contraception guy”.  HOT MESS I AM!  Maybe we should ZOOM this lesson!!!  Oh the Humanity!!!)

Also…If you really are reading these instead of skimming, you should recognize things like JOAB right above this and the brothers..we just read about this! (the translation on the above visual ‘Chelubai”=”Caleb”.

 So here is the question…overall, can you look at the picture below and explain it?  NOT every detail, but in general.  Yes or No??

What two nations were Jacob and Esau? - Quora



1 Chronicles Overview for tomorrow 🤪

We just started 2 Samuel but we are going to read the Chronicles along with it (and weave in the Psalms).  It all fits together.  The other day someone texted me “Who wrote 2 Samuel?”  I texted back “God”.  Not sure he found me as funny as I find myself. 😂  So to answer who wrote Chronicles, many people say Ezra.  The Chronicles are a range of records and sources pulled together for historical purposes.  For Geeks like me, it is a dream to read!

A chronicler compiles this information and writes a book less about what is actually happening but more about the meaning of the events.  God’s interpretation.  Not interpretation as we think of it today,  like a point of view.  All of the Bible is approved by God.

  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16)

The Chronicles,  like the Samuels,  were one continuous book, but Greek translators divided it.  Originally called Dibre Hayyamin meaning “Events of the Days”.  The theme of the book revolves around Covenant.

Did the Israelites still fit into God’s Plan?  Times were difficult and dark.  Could our Messiah come from the Line of David? 

The Chronicles will talk about true worship and true kingship in the line of David.  The chronicler actually wrote:

  • 1 Chronicles
  • 2 Chronicles
  •  Ezra
  • Nehemiah

1 Chronicles is the history of the Jewish Nation.

2 Chronicles is a book of great revival.

1 Chronicles is not a book you will hear many people reading casually or even studying.  However, it is a book of great importance.  The first 9 Chapters are an extensive genealogy!  Yes, you read that correctly.  If you have been reading since January you are going to be filled with joy when you read it and actually understand it!!  If you have jumped in late I promise to make this as painless as possible with lots of great visuals.

These genealogies will give us an overview of God’s work from creation to the return after the Babylonian captivity. If you don’t know what the captivity is…you will have to keep reading….😜. The Hebrews (that term will change to Jews after the captivity) place great importance on their heritage because they needed to prove they were a descendant of Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation.

So tomorrow we will begin with chapters 1 and 2 of 1 Chronicles.  If you want to take a peek at them you can.  I really hope you see chapters like this are readable, where maybe in the past you were like “who in the world understands this stuff??”.  YOU DO NOW!