Bible Reading for MAY02: I Chronicles 9-11


In reading Chronicles we must remember that we are covering
basically the same thing we have studied in the Books of Samuel and
Kings. Like the four Gospels of the New Testament, each book
approaches Israel’s history in a different way.

Chapter 9 gives us the original of Israel’s and Judah’s
genealogies. In chapter 10 we observe Saul’s overthrow and his
death. The first 12 verses can be paralleled with I Samuel 31. The
writer of Chronicles uses the downfall of Saul and his sons as a
spring board to introduce the Lord’s true king, David. Verses 13 and
14 of chapter 10 give us the reason for Saul’s failure–his
disobedience and unfaithfulness.

Chapter 11 gives us David’s ascension as king. In verses 1-
9, as well as in II Samuel 5:1-3, we see David anointed king of
Hebron. The list of all his warriors is given in verses 10-47, and
can also be certified in II Samuel 23:8-39. We may note the
additional names listed here in Chronicles, over and beyond the ones
given in II Samuel.

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