每日诗歌: 一生愛你 （https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28X7gA6A_cI）
1 Chronicles 1 [Read]
1 Chronicles 2 [Read]
John 7:32-53 [Read]
My orchid survived! It was dying, and I didn’t know what to do. I decided to change soil, and that’s when I found out why it’s dying. The roots were mostly dry and brown, and that caused the leaves to wither. I thoroughly cleaned up the roots and put it back in soil and waited. A couple months later new roots began to develop, and a small new leaf began to grow. I was elated. The roots are growing! Everything will be alright now.
For the same reason, the author of Chronicles (scholars call him Chronicler) starts the first book with names, many of them. In fact, most of these names also appear in other books we have read so far. The repetition seemed meaningless. But there was a purpose of doing this, because the people of God needed to be reaffirmed about their heritage. They needed to find their roots, so the new generation would be given meaning of their existence.
Chronicles were written after the return from Babylonian exile (2Ch 36:21-23). With God’s grace, the remnant of Israel was allowed to return to their homeland after 70 years of captivity. However, the scenery was not pretty. The temple was destroyed, and the wall of Jerusalem was in ruin. I could not begin to imagine how they felt at the time. However, they had to begin the process of rebuilding. But where do they begin?
The physical rebuild was described in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, but I believe the spiritual rebuild began with the Chronicles. Regardless how painful it was to look back on their history, they needed to find their roots before the leaves could grow. They needed to once again be affirmed about their identity as the chosen people of God, and there was no better way to do this than finding their genealogy. That’s where the Chronicler began.
As disciples of Christ, we also need to reaffirm our identity every day. We have been reborn with water and spirit (Jn 3:5), and now we are connected with the true vine (Jn 15:5). Therefore, it is important to begin our day every morning with a prayer of thanksgiving to our Lord, so the spiritual nutrition can freely flow into every part of our daily life.
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