I recently finished reading the book of 1 Chronicles. At first glance I thought it was actually pretty boring. It seems as if there is endless genealogies and other boring stuff. It seemed especially boring coming after the books of Samuel and Kings which are so epic in proportion.
But when I really began to look at it and really began to think about it I saw tremendous beauty in 1 Chronicles. At the heart of the book, at the very core, is Jesus. Those endless boring genealogies trace the line from Abraham to David. They trace the lines of the other tribes as well just in case someone might claim to be from the tribe of Judah of the line of David we can see who they came from. We know from the genealogies in Matthew that Jesus comes from the line of David.
There are other things that point to Jesus as well. Such as the bringing of the Ark to Jerusalem. While David wasn’t allowed to build a house for the Ark, he still brought it to Jerusalem and placed it in a tent to establish worship to Jesus. God honored David by saying that He would establish his kingdom forever.
Also, we see the conquest of surrounding nations by David. This is done by the power that Jesus has. David loved God and it showed in his actions of obedience and faith. God blessed David and his household.
We also see Jesus physically in chapter 21 as The Angel of the Lord. (See Exodus 3 as to who The Angel of the Lord is). In this encounter we have Jesus wielding a sword about to destroy Jerusalem but relents because of His compassion. After this David builds an altar and worships Jesus.
Lastly we have David’s preparation for the temple, a place to house Jesus. His organization of the Levites, priests, and musicians, those chosen to lead the nation in the worship and following of Jesus. His charge to the nation and his son Solomon to follow Jesus. His offering to Jesus for the temple and the people’s as well. And finally His prayer to Jesus.
Let’s read the Bible looking for Jesus.
1 Chronicles 28:9 “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.”