The Books of I and II Chronicles tell the same story told in
Genesis through II Kings, and end at the same point. They are a
rehearsing of all that has gone on before, with special attention to
the reign of David, Solomon, and other kings of Judah. I Chronicles
is much like II Samuel, dealing with the story of David, with the
first nine chapters dealing with genealogies. These genealogies
cover the period from Adam to the return of the Jews from captivity.
The author of I Chronicles could very likely have been Ezra,
even though we do not know this for certain. The Books of Kings
differ from the Books of Chronicles in that Kings gives a parallel
account of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms, while Chronicles
confines itself to the Southern Kingdom. Chronicles seems to be
primarily concerned with the Kingdom of David.
Repetition is very prevalent in I Chronicles, but in God’s
Holy Word, repetition means importance. We should not neglect this
part of God’s Word. Even though we might feel the Books of Kings and
Chronicles are rather dry reading, they contain the story of God’s
dealing with His people. We will find in them some of the finest
jewels of Scripture.
Don’t let Satan rob you of the blessings of these books.
Read them carefully and be open to God’s Holy Spirit, that He might
teach you through these chapters.