1 Chronicles – Chapter 5: Reuben

Our dive into 1 Chronicles continues.  Thus far it’s been fairly boring with the focus on genealogy.  I wish I could tell you that changes in this chapter, but alas, it doesn’t.  Hang in there!

“The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father’s marriage bed, his rights as firstborn were given to the sons of Joseph son of Israel; so he could not be listed in the genealogical record in accordance with his birthright, 2 and though Judah was the strongest of his brothers and a ruler came from him, the rights of the firstborn belonged to Joseph)” – 1 Chronicles 5:1-2

This is a messed up story.  You can get the full details by reading Genesis 30-49.

“They were helped in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him. They seized the livestock of the Hagrites—fifty thousand camels, two hundred fifty thousand sheep and two thousand donkeys. They also took one hundred thousand people captive, and many others fell slain, because the battle was God’s. And they occupied the land until the exile.” – 1 Chronicles 5:20-22

Read a few verses before this for full context.  These verses add to the story that God is filled with bloodlust.  This is not the battle of the people.  This is GOD’S battle!  How many of these people died needlessly?  How many of the survivors were maimed for life?  How many died later due to their injuries?  How many children lost their fathers?  How many wives lost their husbands?  How many wives who lost their husbands were forced into marriage as a result of God’s will?  This is a sick and disgusting god.  This is NOT a god one should worship.

“So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria (that is, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria), who took the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh into exile.” – 1 Chronicles 5:26

Another example of God bending others to do his dirty work.  Did Pul do this of his own will?  No!  This is another example of God “hardening hearts”.  If God didn’t control people to do harm on others, there would be far less death and destruction in the world.

That concludes the fifth chapter of 1 Chronicles.  Although I didn’t share any genealogy verses, there were quite a few.  Those verses, however, are less telling than the ones describing the destruction God brought to the land.  This is not my interpretation.  These are the direct words of the Bible.  This was “God’s battle”.  This was God who “stirred the spirit of Pul king of Assyria.”  So who’s the real problem?  Not the people!

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 73:  A psalm of Asaph.

1 Chronicles – Chapter 3: The Sons of David

After a few chapters in Psalms we move back to 1 Chronicles, cracking open Chapter 3 today.  A reminder that the first two chapters of 1 Chronicles were a listing of the genealogy of various characters in the Bible.  That remains the same for this chapter.

“These were the sons of David born to him in Hebron…” – 1 Chronicles 3:1

The chapter starts with a listing of the sons of David born in Hebron.

“David reigned in Jerusalem thirty-three years, and these were the children born to him there…” – 1 Chronicles 3:4-5

David had a lot of children!  He also had a lot of wives!  He had six wives in Hebron and likely more wives in Jerusalem.  This doesn’t include the number of non-wife concubines he had.  He’s a guy who slept with many women, acts which were approved by God, but told to the rest of us are wrong.  A classic case of do as I say, not as I do.

There’s not much else to discuss in this chapter.  It continues with several verses listing the sons of David.  Like much of the Bible, lots of talk on things not all that important and very little on rape, incest, and murder.

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 4:  Other Clans of Judah

1 Chronicles – Chapter 2: Israel’s Sons

The first chapter of 1 Chronicles was a genealogy from Adam to Abraham.  This chapter, 1 Chronicles 2, starts with the sons of Israel (Jacob) and goes through a genealogy of everyone in different clans.  Nothing more to say.  It is what it is.  Just a listing of biblical characters and which family they belonged to.  That’s it for 1 Chronicles for now.  Next time we move back to Psalms where thinks get a bit more interesting.  Although by interesting that usually means more crazy, stupid, and/or just plain wrong!

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 43

1 Chronicles – Chapter 1: Historical Records From Adam to Abraham

Today’s focus is on the first chapter of 1 Chronicles.  As stated in previous posts, there’s a common timeline between 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, and Psalms, so there will be much switching back and forth.  To be honest with you, there’s not much to discuss in this chapter.  It’s nothing more than the genealogy from Adam to Abraham.  We saw much of this back in Genesis.  I find these a bit interesting just to learn which characters in the Bible came from which other characters.  The other item I’d point out is that it is these genealogical records (granted, most likely fiction) that some historical ‘scholars’ use to determine the Earth is 6,000 years old.  They start with a literal interpretation of the creation stories in Genesis.  Yes, there were two of them!  They then count the number of years through each family line in the Bible and come up with 6,000 years.  It ignores all science, but by god it’s what the book says!  🙂

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 2:  Israel’s Sons

1 Chronicles – Chapter 4: Other Clans of Judah

Another chapter in 1 Chronicles, another listing of descendants.  This chapter focuses on the descendants of Judah and the descendants of Simeon.

“The men whose names were listed came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. They attacked the Hamites in their dwellings and also the Meunites who were there and completely destroyed them, as is evident to this day.” – 1 Chronicles 4:41

Even in a chapter listing descendants, the authors couldn’t resist from including a statement on killing.

“They killed the remaining Amalekites who had escaped, and they have lived there to this day.” – 1 Chronicles 4:43

Woohoo!  They lived in the land to this day, residing in the place of those they killed and land they stole.  Super moral!  😊

That concludes this chapter of 1 Chronicles.  More descendants to come in the next chapter!

Coming Soon:  1 Chronicles – Chapter 5:  Reuben

Introduction to 1 Chronicles

You might be wondering what is going on.  After all, I’m nowhere near finished reading through 2 Samuel.  So why am I moving on to a different chapter.  My goal is to read and discuss each chapter in chronological order, or as close to chronological order as scholars agree on.  2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles are very similar in time period, so I’ll be switching and forth between 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles, with a few chapters of Psalms sprinkled in.

1 Chronicles actually begins with Saul but quickly advances forward in years to the time of Saul, David, and Solomon, David’s son.  1 Chronicles as a similar theme to 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel in that God is actively involved in making rules, killing people, and commanding David and others to kill people.  If you thought this was a murder free book, you were wrong.  There’s plenty of murder, including murder of innocents in this book too.

To sum it all up, more of the same.