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In Case You Missed It -- 1 Chronicles 22:2-22:19, Psalm 47

To help you appreciate reading the Chronicles, I have been returning often to what I consider the major theme from these books. David’s words to his son Solomon encapsulate this theme well: “Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.” (1 Chronicles 22:13) This is the very message the writer is hoping a Jew living after the Babylonian exile would embrace. To go forward as a people, Israel must go back to its roots in the laws and story of Moses. Israel must learn to see the difference between what they have been and what they could become by obeying God. Keeping the author’s main purpose for writing in mind is essential to understanding our fitting response to the Chronicles today.

Jeremiah Vaught