1 Chronicles 11 [Read]
1 Chronicles 12 [Read]
1 Chronicles 13 [Read]
John 9:1-23 [Read]
All histories are interpretations. When a historian writes something, he approaches it in a particular way to convey messages he deems important to the readers. This is also true for the Bible. The only difference is that, behind all the human authors, there is one divine author who makes sure the messages are consistent throughout the 66 books.
As we read the books of Chronicles, it is obvious that there are many overlaps between them and the Samuels and Kings. However, each had its own messages to convey. For the Chronicles which were written after the return of Babylonian exile, the Chronicler often recorded things in a way to encourage the remnant based on divine providence. Today’s OT reading is an example of that.
1Ch 11-12 recorded in detail the mighty men of Israel who came to support David during his days in Ziklag and in Hebron. This part of Israel history was also recorded in 2Sam 5 and 23, but the Chronicler expanded it considerably, especially for David’s days in Ziklag (1Ch 12:1-22). The message was clear: the anointed king of Israel was gaining support from all over Israel. This led to his eventual kingship.
I noticed a couple of things. First, the gathering began even when he was in deep trouble with King Saul. Though the opposition seemed to be fierce on the surface, support was being gathered little by little underneath. Ziklag might look like a shaky sailboat in a storm, but its anchor was firmly rested on the seabed. Second, three times the Chronicler put in hints not appeared in 2Sam: “as the LORD had promised/said” (11:3, 10, 12:23). Though it looked like men’s doing, it was actually based on the prophecy and promises of God. Ziklag and Hebron were only midway stops towards the establishment of an everlasting kingdom in Jerusalem.
Such view of the Scripture encourages me. The servants of God will experience resistances and persecutions, for it’s simply part of the character building process. But the gathering and strengthening of God-loving people cannot be stopped. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal 6:9). We may not know the timing and exact means God has in mind, but we can be sure that Jerusalem will be built and God’s name will be glorified eventually. Rejoice shall we for that final outcome.
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