Our journey through Proverbs comes to an end on Tuesday 26th December and we’re going to follow that by picking up on Paul’s letters – where we have come to the letter he wrote to the church in Rome.
Recognised by many as the most complete statement of Paul’s understanding of the gospel of God,
the letter contains many different themes – with ongoing discussions as to which, if any, should be seen as the main focus:
- justification by faith
- union with Christ
- how Gentiles were to be included among God’s people
- the ongoing place of the Jews in God’s plan
- how Jewish and Gentile followers of Jesus could live and worship together
We aren’t going to resolve these questions in our short daily posts but it will be an opportunity to look again at this wonderful letter and remind ourselves of what it says about God, about Jesus, about the Spirit, about new life, about a certain hope for the future, about a call for whole-hearted service and much more besides.
After working through Romans we will return to the story of God’s people in the Old Testament and look again at how their history unfolded. We have already looked at the account in 1 & 2 Kings and we’re going to look at many of the same events again but through the books of 1 & 2 Chronicles. These books tell the story with a particular focus on what happened to the Judaean kingdom with less emphasis on what happened in the northern kingdom. Written after the return from exile, to inform and encourage the returning people, they have a very different purpose:
The purpose of 1 and 2 Chronicles is to show God’s elective and preserving grace in His covenant people through David, the messianic king and priest. The purposes of 1 and 2 Kings are different. These books explain the fall and destruction of Samaria and Jerusalem as evidence of divine judgment of God’s people who had forsaken His covenant requirements
Eugene H. Merrill, “1 Chronicles,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 591.
As we look at 1 & 2 Chronicles we will see how God calls and continues to protect and provide for his people