Christ in 1st&2nd Chronicles 

 

 

I CHRONICLES: The Book of First Chronicles is a retelling of the history of God’s people from the vantage point of the TEMPLE and the Worship of the True God. This emphasizes their relationship to God. The first 9 chapters give 3,500 years of continuous human genealogical history. This is unparalleled in all the history of the world. The sacred line of redemption and promise is very important to God. And each individual had an opportunity to serve God. The three elements of a right relationship deal with their INWARD, OUTWARD and UPWARD response to God. They were to WORSHIP [upwardly], they were to OBEY [inwardly], they were to BE GOD’S LOYAL PEOPLE [outwardly].

I.                  A general outline of the book could be:

A.                The People of the Lord [1-9]

B.                The Anointed of the Lord [10-12]

C.                The Ark of the Lord [13-16]

D.               The Covenant of the Lord [17-21]

E.                The Temple of the Lord [22-29]

II.              There are three elements of a right relationship illustrated in this book.

A.                The Upward Relationship of WORSHIP

1.                Scriptural Worship is Filled with godly JOY: First Chronicles 13:8 David and all the Israelites were celebrating with all their might before God, with songs and with harps, lyres, tambourines, cymbals and trumpets. (NIV)

2.                Scriptural Worship is Filled with godly MUSIC. Notice the instruments in 13:8; 15:16, 28.

3.                Scriptural Worship is Filled with GODly form. David learned God is Serious about Proper Worship: 1 Chronicles 15:2 Then David said, "No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, because the LORD chose them to carry the ark of the LORD and to minister before him forever."

B.                Scriptural Worship is Filled with HOLINESS. CONSECRATION IS NEEDED: 1 Chronicles 15:12 He said to them, "You are the heads of the Levitical families; you and your fellow Levites are to consecrate yourselves and bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it.

C.                Scriptural Worship is Filled with HUMILITY. GOD ALONE IS WORTHY: 1 Chronicles 16:29-30 ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. (NIV)

III.           The Inward Relationship of OBEDIENCE

A.                Saul was removed because of Disobedience 1 Chronicles 10:13-14

B.                Uzzah was killed for Irreverence 1 Chronicles 13:9-10

C.                David is blessed for Obedience 1 Chronicles 14:10-14

IV.            The Outward Relationship of LOYALTY

A.                They were to TRUST GOD. HE KEEPS HIS WORD First Chronicles 11:2-3 In the past, even while Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the LORD your God said to you, `You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.'" When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, he made a compact with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel, as the LORD had promised through Samuel. (NIV)

B.                They were to SERVE GOD. Service to His Glory First Chronicles 22:5 David said, "My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it." So David made extensive preparations before his death. (NIV)

 

II CHRONICLES:  From Solomon [970 BC] to the collapse of the Judean Monarchy, the exile of the Jews and the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple in 586 BC, this book trace 384 years of people living in the sight of God. As a Divine Documentary the life of each king is exposed. Prosperity or Adversity came from their relationship with God. The interesting feature of this book is that each life has a lesson to be learned. More than just a narrative, powerful warnings and challenges abound. In the light of such a gloomy era of history, God gives His people hope in their godly kings, in their Gracious God and in His Sovereign hand in history as the last verses of this book point out. If any one verse could capture what God was saying to His people it would be in 2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: "Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. (NKJV). Some good Kings:

1.    ASA - Although he destroys foreign altars and idols, conquers Ethiopia against great odds through his trust in God, and restores the altar of the Lord, yet he fails to trust God when threatened by Israel.

2.    JOASH - Although he repairs the temple and restores the worship of God, when Jehoiada the priest dies, Joash allows the people to abandon the temple and return to idolatry.

3.    UZZIAH - He begins well with the Lord and is blessed with military victories. However, when he becomes strong, he proudly and presumptuously plays the role of a priest by offering incense in the temple and therefore is struck with leprosy.

4.    HEZEKIAH - He repairs and reopens the temple and puts away the altars and idols set up by his father, Ahaz. Judah is spared destruction by Assyria because of his righteousness. His reforms are given only a few verses in Kings but three chapters in Chronicles.

5.    JOSIAH - A leader in reforms and spiritual revival, he centers worship around the temple, finds the law and obeys it and reinstitutes the Passover.

 

I.                  God is HOLY: 2 Chronicles 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat, "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Therefore the wrath of the LORD is upon you. (NKJV)

A.                LIVE AS TEMPLES FOR HIM

B.                LOVE LOYALTY TO HIM

C.                LIVE SEPARATED UNTO HIM

II.              God is SOVEREIGN: 2 Chronicles 18:33 Now a certain man drew a bow at random, and struck the king of Israel between the joints of his armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, "Turn around and take me out of the battle, for I am wounded." (NKJV)

A.                WORSHIP Knowing Him. HE IS AWESOME: II Chronicles 2:6 But who is able to build Him a temple, since heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? Who am I then, that I should build Him a temple, except to burn sacrifice before Him? (NKJV) II Chronicles 6:18 But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! (NKJV)

B.                WALK Fearing Him. He holds our very BREATH: Daniel 5:23

III.           God is OMNIPOTENT; 2 Chronicles 20:6-12. HOPE only in Him Psalm 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. (NKJV) Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

 

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