The books of 1 and 2 Chronicles are somewhat of a review of the previous books of history, but not completely. We will find some new information interspersed within. While there is some repetition, God saw fit to give us every word that we find here. These books are therefore just as important as any other. The reciting of the genealogies might seem tiresome, but I’ve found that the more I study the history, the more interesting it is to see where each person fits into the family line.
Chapter 1 begins appropriately with Adam. All of humanity, all our history, begins with him. Adam is the father of all flesh.
From Adam we are taken through the generations to Noah. From Noah came all the different nations and races. One of Noah’s sons was Shem, and from Shem’s line came Abraham. Abraham became the father of the faithful; by blood, the Jewish people. By adoption, believers in the Lord Jesus Christ (See Romans 4:11 and 12).
It’s important to note that the Old Testament is primarily focused on Abraham’s line. Some of the names listed in this chapter don’t play a part and are listed only as a matter of record. I can guarantee you that students of American history have a completely different curriculum than students of Chinese history or Norwegian history. There may be a common character or two, but that’s about all.
As we continue the genealogies in the coming chapters, we’ll read more of the Abrahamic line, from his grandson Israel to his son Judah all the way to David and his son Solomon, through all the kings up until Jerusalem was destroyed. There is a lot of history there, and I’ll try to make it as interesting as I can.