Saturday, June 18, 2016

June 18 - 1 Chronicles 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Chronicles 2. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • As we saw last week, the book of Chronicles begins with a long genealogy. Last week we saw why this is important, because:
    • This list was put together after the people of Judah (the southern kingdom of Israel) were taken captive to Babylon (which we read about at the end of 2 Kings). A fear amongst the people was that their heritage would be lost. God had promised special blessing to Abraham and his descendants, and the Jews wanted to be able to show how they had descended from Abraham.
    • God had promised that the Messiah (the Savior) would be a descendant of Abraham, and of David. A genealogy like this helps to establish Jesus' family line.
  • We read about about all of these people in the books of the Bible that came before 1 Chronicles.
  • Boaz (verse 12) was the husband of Ruth. Their story is told in the book of Ruth. At Verve we did an entire series through the book of Ruth called "One Act" in May-June, 2012, which you can find and listen to here:  http://vivalaverve.org/media/messages/.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Verse 3 says Er was a "wicked man." That's all we know about him. Verse 7 says how Achan "brought disaster on Israel by taking plunder that had been set apart for the Lord" (we read about that in Joshua 7). Think about it: That's all these two guys were remembered for. One was known for being wicked, the other for one significant sin. Today you are creating a reputation. It could be for being wicked, or for a sin that had far-reaching consequences, or it could be for living a godly compassionate life, or perhaps you're not "in the game" enough for people to know you and be impacted by your life, so you don't really have a reputation at all?
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Perhaps if Er or Achan had thought long term, realizing their lives made a difference, and that they would be remembered for their actions, they would have chosen to live differently. You need to think long term. God gave you your life so it could make a difference. You will be remembered. Be remembered for something good and godly. You create that one day at a time, one decision at a time, so start today.