1 Chronicles 7
Focus Verse: All these were descendants of Asher—heads of families, choice men, brave warriors and outstanding leaders. The number of men ready for battle, as listed in their genealogy, was 26,000. (40)
All of these descendants are remembered for being great leaders and brave warriors. God placed them on earth in their time for a reason. Whether or not they accomplished the whole purpose God had for their lives or not, we do not know; but we can make sure that we fulfill the whole purpose that God has for our lives for such a time as this.
1 Chronicles 8
Focus Verse: Ner was the father of Kish, Kish the father of Saul, and Saul the father of Jonathan, Malki-Shua, Abinadab and Esh-Baal. (33)
God uses people to bring people into the world. While we are related to our family by blood, we must remember that we all ultimately belong to God and each of us will have to answer to Him for our individual actions. Saul’s father, Kish, was not responsible for the bad choices Saul made and neither was his grandfather, Ner, or his son, Jonathan. While our ancestors may affect our actions, they are not responsible for them.
1 Chronicles 9
Focus Verse: All Israel was listed in the genealogies recorded in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. They were taken captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness. (1)
The kingdoms of Israel and Judah fell to Babylon because the people were unfaithful to God. They turned away from serving Him and did what they wanted to do instead of obeying His commands. 1 Corinthians 4:2 reads, “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” Above many other things, God requires His people to be faithful. He is looking for followers who will be loyal and faithful to His will and His way.
1 Corinthians 7:20-40
Focus Verse: Those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away. (31)
It is good to live with the awareness that everything and everyone around us (including us!) is in the process of passing away. The earth was once perfect, but ever since the Fall in the Garden of Eden, the earth has slowly been deteriorating. Every day that we live only brings us closer to the end of it all – death. This does not mean we have to go around in a constant state of doom yelling like Chicken Little, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” However, we should not hold on to anything or anyone so tightly that their temporary state causes us to lose sight of God’s eternality.