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1 Chronicles 7-9

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The Conclusion of the Genealogical Section of 1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 7-9

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Lesson Number 5

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The genealogical records establish the right of Israel as a nation under God.
  2. The genealogical records prove the faith of Israel as the people of God.

Practical Application

  1. Do your assigned work well.

Questions

  1. Which tribes are recorded in this section?
  2. Review the story of Zelophehad and his daughters.
  3. Why is the genealogical record of the tribe of Benjamin given special emphasis?
  4. What is the “Book of the Kings of Israel” (1 Chronicles 9:1)?
  5. Why do we sometimes see discrepancies in the genealogical records of the Bible?
  6. Why did the Jewish people continue to keep genealogical records even while they were captives in Babylon?

Answers

  1. Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, the half-tribe of Manasseh which settled on the west side of the Jordan River, Ephraim, and Asher
  2. In Numbers 27 and 36 Zelophehad’s daughters, who had no brothers, were told that they could inherit their father’s property as long as they married within the tribe.
  3. The tribe of Benjamin was important because King Saul, the first king of Israel, was a Benjamite. This tribe supported the Davidic dynasty and became an essential part of the southern kingdom of Israel. Jerusalem and the Temple of the Lord were located within the boundaries of the tribe of Benjamin.
  4. This is not 1 and 2 Kings in the Bible, but official royal court records that are not longer in existence.
  5. Some genealogies are selective and move from father to grandson or even great-grandson. Some names may be omitted in some lists because they died young and childless. In other cases, some men had more than one name or have spelling differences.
  6. In spite of their terrible sins and resulting captivity, the Jewish people had continued faith that they were God’s chosen people. They believed the prophecies of promise predicting their return.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Throughout history many have questioned the nation of Israel’s right to exist. Discuss God’s authority to give any nation the right to exist (Acts 17:26). Discuss how the genealogical records confirm God’s establishment of Israel as a nation under God.

Challenge

  1. Some of the Levites who returned from captivity had specific jobs, which they performed well. We all have jobs and assignments in the home and in the church. Not all jobs are glamorous and many go unnoticed, but all are important and God takes notice. So do your assigned work well.

Key Verses

  • “So all Israel was recorded by genealogies, and indeed, they were inscribed in the book of the kings of Israel.” 1 Chronicles 9:1

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