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1 Chronicles

The two books of Chronicles are really journals or records of events and facts about Jerusalem and the worship of God in the days of King David, King Solomon and the later kings of Judah.

The Hebrew name for these two books is 'The Acts of Days'. Several important incidents in the life of David are recorded as they affected the worship of God.

1 Chronicles commences with several chapters of genealogies - reminding God's people of their ancestry and heritage, and particularly of their function as witnesses to God among the nations. Later chapters cover the same ground as the end of I Samuel, much of 2 Samuel and the start of 1Kings, but this book emphasises spiritual themes. National success is shown in 1 Chronicles to be linked with faith in God and obedience to His ways.

There are frequent references to the Ark (containing the ten commandments) and to the importance of true worship. In chapter 17 we read of God's Kingdom, centred on Jerusalem, which will last for ever.

David himself was not allowed to build a Temple for God; "God said unto me, Thou shalt not build a house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war" (28:3). David did, however, prepare the material needed to build the Temple, and prayed that God would "give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments … and to build the palace (temple), for the which I have made provision" (29:19).

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