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June 21, 2019

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Reading along with us in 1 Chronicles? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Chronicles 5 (ESV)

The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s couch, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel, so that he could not be enrolled as the oldest son......Continue Reading

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  1. “They were brave warriors, famous men, and heads of their families. 25 But they were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors and prostituted themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them. 26 So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria (that is, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria), who took the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh into exile. He took them to Halah, Habor, Hara and the river of Gozan, where they are to this day.”
    Makes me think, today, of men we revere in the world: soldiers who defend our country, famous men who excel in matters we revere – sports, acting, music, art, etc, leaders who lead well and love their families, “good” men. If they do not love the Lord and instead serve the “gods of the land”, then they have no salvation and really all of their achievements amount to nothing.

  2. I think it would be interesting to do a word/theme study of the word “Firstborn”; it pops up all over the place. I’m reading Numbers, and the Levites are described as being taken instead of the firstborn of all Israel (Numbers 3:12-13). And of course, Jesus himself is described as the firstborn of God. It’s both a designator (literally the eldest) and also a title.

  3. I had similar thoughts as Amy in her comment on chapter 4 when I have been reading these initial chapters of 1 Chronicles. It might be strange to read these things but only because they are not directly related to us. But if we were reading how our family came over on the Mayflower or did some great thing in Europe or another part of the world and then came to the states, we would have more interest. Well that’s what these family lists were for the people of Israel and there were more significant things linked to the details beyond just facts of history, but also land rights or other issues of inheritance and family position or blessing. And yet as branches grafted into Abraham, this is kind of like our family too.

  4. Also noted; the trust of the decendents of Gad compared to the disobedience of the decendents of Manasseh.

    1The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s couch, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel, so that he could not be enrolled as the oldest son; 2though Judah became strong among his brothers and a chief came from him, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph),

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