Chronicles retells the entire Old Testament story, highlighting the future hope of the messianic king and a restored temple.
Like the books of Samuel and Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles was also written as a single book in the Hebrew Bible. Many modern readers skip this book when they find that it repeats much of the material from the Hebrew Bible. But Chronicles is an important part of the biblical story, highlighting key themes that continue through in the New Testament.
The story so far
Chronicles is the last book in the Hebrew Bible. It summarizes the continued relationship between God and Israel through the blessing of Abraham. The arrangement of the content in Chronicles invites the reader to explore the stories of each section, revealing interesting details about David, Solomon, God's temple, the kings of Judah, and how they all work together. Chronicles is also an excellent historical reference for those studying the Scriptures.
From Adam to David and beyond, 1 and 2 Chronicles begins with genealogies of important players in the storyline of the Hebrew Bible.
Father and Son
David and Solomon's lives are recapped, detailing their accomplishments and the building of God's temple.
As Chronicles reflects on the positive elements of Israel's past, the theme of hope for the messianic king and the post-exile rebuilding of God's temple are highlighted.
Stories of good, evil, hope, and courage are accounted through David's royal lineage in the kingdom of Judah. Asa, Jehoshaphat, and Hezekiah are specifically noted.
The End of Exile?
After decades of exile, Persia overpowers Babylon and allows Israel to return home. King Cyrus proclaims their release, though his last sentence is left unfinished.
The Bible Project
Okay friends, it is about time we discussed those two books in the Bible you may have been avoiding. Or, maybe you never really noticed they were in the Bible in the first place: the books of 1 and 2 Chronicles....