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The Big Book–Cover to Cover: 1 Chronicles

1-2 Chronicles covers the same time period as 2 Samuel-2 Kings, but offers more and different detail because it was written for a different purpose.

What we know of the past shapes how we view our present and plan our future. What we know of our theological history will affect the way we understand and live out our faith.

Join us as Michael helps us to fill out our understanding of the history of our theological roots.

Show Notes:

If we don’t have a baseline education about what Scripture is about, we’re in dangerous territory.

“The books of First and Second Chronicles cover the same period of Jewish history described in Second Samuel through Second Kings but the perspective of Chronicles is different. These books are no mere repetition of the same material, but rather are adivine editorial on the history of God’s people. While Second Samuel and Kings give political history of Israel and Judah, Chronicles gives a religious history of the Davidic dynasty of Judah. The former were written from a prophetic and moral viewpoint, the latter from a priestly and spiritual perspective. The Book of First Chronicles begins with the royal line of David, then traces the spiritual significance of David’s righteous reign.” (1)

“When it comes to Scripture, we find no meaningless repetition.”


Chronicles was not used until the 4th century. Early titles included: “The things left behind,” “The Accounts of the Day,” or “Daily Matters.”


  • Genealogies
  • Worship
  • God’s Promises

Significant Features:

  • References to the Davidic Covenant
  • Israel’s Central Place in History
  • Stand-Out Warriors
  • Understanding What it Means to Bless the Lord

Blessing God is acknowledging everything is from Him, everything is about Him, every praise is due Him.

Apart from Him, we are nothing.

Scripture Quoted:

Deuteronomy 6:4-15, 2 Samuel 7:12-16, 1 Chronicles 11:4-25, 1 Chronicles 29:10-22


1. Bruce Wilkinson and Kenneth Boa, Talk Thru the Bible (Nashville: T. Nelson, 1983), 99.

2. Tom Constable’s Notes

3. Sara Japhet, Cf. Constable’s reference to Japhet, I & II Chronicles , pp. 36, 38, 40

Michael Easley

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Michael is husband to one, dad to four, and host of Michael Easley inContext.

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