The People in Jerusalem. This should be exciting, right? Shall we pray for excitement? 😊
“All Israel was listed in the genealogies recorded in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. They were taken captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness.” – 1 Chronicles 9:1
I somehow doubt the Israelites were unfaithful. Did they break a few of the silly, nonsensical rules set forth by God? Probably. Did they sleep around a bit? Probably. That’s human nature. But truly unfaithful? I doubt it. It’s more likely that God (or rather the male authors of the Bible) got bored.
“But the four principal gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted with the responsibility for the rooms and treasuries in the house of God. They would spend the night stationed around the house of God, because they had to guard it; and they had charge of the key for opening it each morning.” – 1 Chronicles 9:26-27
This has to be the worst job in the world. Think about it. Do one tiny thing wrong or make one minuscule error and you are toast. Literally burnt to a crisp! This is not a loving god. This is not a patient god (despite what 1 Chronicles 7 tells us). You are walking on egg shells every second of every day for as long as you are a gatekeeper. Maybe the job comes with some great death benefits!
I’ll conclude there. There are several more verses of genealogy as we’ve come to expect in 1 Chronicles, but there’s really no need for me to discuss any further.
Coming Soon: 1 Chronicles – Chapter 10: Saul Takes His Life