每日诗歌: People need the Lord (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AibBR6j2g54)
1 Chronicles 23 [Read]
1 Chronicles 24 [Read]
1 Chronicles 25 [Read]
John 11:1-17 [Read]
It was about 20 years ago, and I was working in a technology center of a large corporation. The head of the center started a time-capsule project, and he asked every department to write something describing their current projects and what they foresaw the technology would be like 50 years later. Then, he collected everything and put it into a steel box (time capsule) and buried it. The idea was to leave some footprints for the future generations, so they may have a sense of continuation in technology development.
In a similar way, let us put ourselves in the position of the Chronicler. (Though the completion of the books came after the return from exile (2Ch 36:20-23), the thought process could have started towards the end of exile. As many scholars proposed, Ezra probably contributed somehow to the compilation of Chronicles). He might be sitting somewhere in Babylon, away from his homeland, and he wanted to leave something for his children and children’s children. What would he write about? What would be the most important things for the future generations of Israel to know? If it was me, I would not write about Saul’s sin against the LORD or David’s sin with Bathsheba. I would also skip the tragedy about Absalom and David’s temporary exile. I would talk about how God faithfully cared for his people and how God’s people responded to his care by building the most magnificent temple in the world. I would want them to know that God did dwell with his people, and, though we were in exile, God would bring us back one day to rebuild his temple and kingdom.
I believe that’s why we read so many names and detail concerning Levi (1Ch 23) and priests (1Ch 24) and singers (1Ch 25) in today’s OT reading. In fact, more than half of 1 Chronicle was directly or indirectly related to building the Temple. Even the disaster of David numbering the fighting men (1Ch 21) was meant to identify the location for the temple (2Ch 3:1). The Chronicler might not be a mighty warrior who could bring people back to Jerusalem, but he did his best to instill hope into people’s heart. “We shall go back to our home one day, and we shall rebuild the temple. God has promised.”
As disciples of Christ, we can expect to experience difficult time. However, we shall never lose hope, and we shall do everything we can to transmit or instill that hope into others around us. In some way, we are all God’s chroniclers who are given the responsibility to record his goodness in our lives. This is the true meaning of witnessing. Let us do a good job on it.
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