1 Chronicles 1

1 Chronicles 1 is a long list of names, and at first glance, may seem a bit extraneous to God’s Word.  But these documentaries on the geneology verify the history of the creation and God’s hand.  This one is the chronology of the Israelites.  The chapter breaks down like this:

 

Adam to Esau 1 Chronicles 1:1-54
Adam to Noah 1 Chronicles 1:1-3
Noah’s family 1 Chronicles 1:4-23
Shem to Abraham 1 Chronicles 1:24-27
Abraham 1 Chronicles 1:28-34
Esau and Edom 1 Chronicles 1:35-54

The list begins with Adam and ends with Esau’s family.  In the middle, there is one reference to Nimrod, who was a son of Cush.  Scripture tells us “He was the first on earth to be a mighty man”.    He is the first warrior and the most powerful man since the flood which reduced the earth to Noah and his family.

Another noteable person is Peleg where scripture tells us “for in his days the earth was divided”.  He had this name because, during his life, God separated the people. This refers to what happened at Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). Until this time, all of the world’s people spoke one language. But they became too proud. They tried to build up to the sky. But God would not allow them to do it. God confused their language so that they could not understand each other. He scattered them all over the earth.

Abraham has sons from three women.  He had the first son Ishmael by Hagar. Hagar was not his wife. She was the servant of Sarah. Then he had Isaac by his wife Sarah. She was his principal wife. Abraham married a slave girl Keturah as a secondary wife. It was the custom to have a principal wife. People did not consider that a secondary wife had an equal rank with other wives. Keturah gave him 6 sons. The writer tells us about the children of Hagar and Keturah first. Then he gives the family of Isaac because he was the ancestor of Israel.

The last verses of the chapter change from a genealogy listing to “the kings who reigned in the land of Edom before any king reigned over the people of Israel”.  Saul was the first king of Israel, but Edom had kings well before Saul’s reign.  We see the listing of those, and their chiefs as the chapter wraps up.

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