Lessons from Chronicles

Of the priests: Jedaiah, Jehoiarib, Jachin, 11 and Azariah the son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, the chief officer of the house of God; 12 and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, son of Pashhur, son of Malchijah, and Maasai the son of Adiel, son of Jahzerah, son of Meshullam, son of Meshillemith, son of Immer; 13 besides their kinsmen, heads of their fathers’ houses, 1,760, mighty men for the work of the service of the house of God. ESV 1 Chronicles 9:10-13

I’m working my way through Chronicles in my Bible reading right now (actually listening my way through…it’s fun to hear the pronunciation of all the names). At times, the list seems to drone on into infinity, and you have to wonder what God was thinking by recording all of this for us. I especially wonder about the faithful scribes who painstakingly copied the Scriptures by hand so that we might have this record. With all the beautiful and meaningful other passages of Scripture, what can we possibly learn from the endless list of temple servants?

Several thoughts come to mind as I meditate on the Chronicles. First, each of these names represents a real person. Someone who lived and worked faithfully for the glory of God. Though their full story isn’t told, we definitely learn God cares about faithful service and He records their faithfulness to Him. While most of us will never be like David, Moses or Peter, our faithful service is no less important to God and He records our life for review at the judgment seat of Christ. Be encouraged. Your life matters. Secondly, much of the notations in Chronicles revolve around the priestly duties and the temple service. From this, we see God values structure in the temple. In our churches, homes and businesses, organizational charts are important. By knowing who is in charge of various things we reflect God’s desire for order and stability.

I try to take time on Fridays to make sure my time, money and stuff is managed well. My reading in Chronicles encouraged me that God takes note of where His people are serving, so I too should spend some time organizing my home and office. How about you? Does your life reflect the order and attention to detail God shows in Chronicles? See we can learn from every part of Scripture, even the “boring” parts!

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