Is the book of Chronicles just a rerun of stories we’ve already been told? How does it help us understand where the story of the Bible leads? Listen to the podcast, reflect on some questions, and go deeper into study on your own or with a group. If you're participating in our reading plan One Story that Leads to Jesus, this Reflections Bible Study lines up with week 33.
Once you've listened to the short podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.
The temple is the place of communion where God and humanity, heaven and earth, all come together in unity. Reflect on how Jesus the Messiah leads his people into this place of unity. What comes to mind?
What kind of exile do people return from in order to experience unity with God today?
How have you experienced unity with God and others, and how are you still waiting with anticipation?
If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.
How did Carissa’s message challenge or encourage you today?
In English Bibles, the books of 1-2 Chronicles follow Samuel and Kings, but in the ancient Hebrew ordering of the Scriptures, Chronicles is the final book of the Old Testament. So what is the significance of this? The book of Chronicles ends with a decree to build a temple. This is the same decree that is told in the book of Ezra-Nehemiah. But Ezra and Nehemiah have already built the temple. So the fact that the whole Hebrew Bible ends on this note tells us that there must be another return from exile, another temple that will be built up and a better leader to come—a Messiah who will lead the people back to communion with God. The Hebrew Bible ends in anticipation for all that’s to come.
How could retelling so many stories in light of God’s ideals prepare readers for what was promised to come? How does it set up the story of the New Testament?
Compare how the Old Testament ends with how the New Testament begins (see Matthew 1:1). How do you think the beginning of the New Testament could help us see what the new temple will look like?
Read John 2:18-22, Ephesians 2:19-22, and Revelation 21:22. How do these passages help us understand the new temple that God has created?
Turn your reflections into a prayer while you take some time to enjoy the one who connects humanity to God and heaven to earth.