1 Chronicles – Chapter 7: Issachar

If you were getting sick of Psalms I have good news for you as we are now moving back to 1 Chronicles!  It’s still the Bible though, so don’t get too excited.  If you’re looking for morals or a guidance on how to live a good life, this book is NOT for you.  Use your own judgement as it is a far more moral guide than the Bible.

“The sons of Issachar:  Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron—four in all.” – 1 Chronicles 7:1

I should have mentioned that if you are not a fan of genealogy of people in which no evidence is available to prove their existence, then you probably don’t think moving from Psalms to 1 Chronicles is good news.  Sorry.

“The sons of Izrahiah: Michael, Obadiah, Joel and Ishiah. All five of them were chiefs. 4 According to their family genealogy, they had 36,000 men ready for battle, for they had many wives and children.” – 1 Chronicles 7:3

How else, if not for having many wives to serve as baby makers, can you build an army of fighting men?  God demands you fight and to fight you need numbers and to get numbers you need to force women to have your army babies.

“There were 17,200 fighting men ready to go out to war.” – 1 Chronicles 7:11

Throughout this chapter the numbers given are not the number of people, but the number of fighting men.  Unless you are male and a fighter, you do not count.

The rest of the chapter continues with more of the same.  God needs armies to fight.  Only fighting men are counted among the numbers.  To get fighting men, the previous generation of fighting men must take many wives.  Given a period of about 9 months to give birth, one wife will not do.  Many wives, all pregnant at the same time, are needed to quickly build an army in a single generation.  Morals?  Hardly.

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 8:  The Genealogy of Saul the Benjamite


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