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July 31, 2019

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1 Chronicles 7 (ESV)

The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron, four. The sons of Tola: Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their fathers’ houses, namely of Tola, mighty warriors of their generations, their number in the days of David being 22,600. The son of Uzzi: Izrahiah. And the sons of Izrahiah: Michael, Obadiah, Joel, and Isshiah, all five of them were chief men. And along with them, by their generations, according to their fathers’ houses, were units of the army for war, 36,000, for they had many wives and sons. Their kinsmen belonging to all the clans of Issachar were in all 87,000 mighty warriors, enrolled by genealogy.

The sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, and Jediael, three. The sons of Bela: Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth, and Iri, five, heads of fathers’ houses, mighty warriors. And their enrollment by genealogies was 22,034. The sons of Becher: Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth, and Alemeth. All these were the sons of Becher. And their enrollment by genealogies, according to their generations, as heads of their fathers’ houses, mighty warriors, was 20,200. 10 The son of Jediael: Bilhan. And the sons of Bilhan: Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Chenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish, and Ahishahar. 11 All these were the sons of Jediael according to the heads of their fathers’ houses, mighty warriors, 17,200, able to go to war. 12 And Shuppim and Huppim were the sons of Ir, Hushim the son of Aher.

13 The sons of Naphtali: Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shallum, the descendants of Bilhah.

14 The sons of Manasseh: Asriel, whom his Aramean concubine bore; she bore Machir the father of Gilead. 15 And Machir took a wife for Huppim and for Shuppim. The name of his sister was Maacah. And the name of the second was Zelophehad, and Zelophehad had daughters. 16 And Maacah the wife of Machir bore a son, and she called his name Peresh; and the name of his brother was Sheresh; and his sons were Ulam and Rakem. 17 The son of Ulam: Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead the son of Machir, son of Manasseh. 18 And his sister Hammolecheth bore Ishhod, Abiezer, and Mahlah. 19 The sons of Shemida were Ahian, Shechem, Likhi, and Aniam.

20 The sons of Ephraim: Shuthelah, and Bered his son, Tahath his son, Eleadah his son, Tahath his son, 21 Zabad his son, Shuthelah his son, and Ezer and Elead, whom the men of Gath who were born in the land killed, because they came down to raid their livestock. 22 And Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brothers came to comfort him. 23 And Ephraim went in to his wife, and she conceived and bore a son. And he called his name Beriah, because disaster had befallen his house. 24 His daughter was Sheerah, who built both Lower and Upper Beth-horon, and Uzzen-sheerah. 25 Rephah was his son, Resheph his son, Telah his son, Tahan his son, 26 Ladan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son,27 Nun his son, Joshua his son. 28 Their possessions and settlements were Bethel and its towns, and to the east Naaran, and to the west Gezer and its towns, Shechem and its towns, and Ayyah and its towns; 29 also in possession of the Manassites, Beth-shean and its towns, Taanach and its towns, Megiddo and its towns, Dor and its towns. In these lived the sons of Joseph the son of Israel.

30 The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah, and their sister Serah. 31 The sons of Beriah: Heber, and Malchiel, who fathered Birzaith. 32 Heber fathered Japhlet, Shomer, Hotham, and their sister Shua. 33 The sons of Japhlet: Pasach, Bimhal, and Ashvath. These are the sons of Japhlet. 34 The sons of Shemer his brother: Rohgah, Jehubbah, and Aram. 35 The sons of Helem his brother: Zophah, Imna, Shelesh, and Amal. 36 The sons of Zophah: Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah. 37 Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran, and Beera. 38 The sons of Jether: Jephunneh, Pispa, and Ara. 39 The sons of Ulla: Arah, Hanniel, and Rizia. 40 All of these were men of Asher, heads of fathers’ houses, approved, mighty warriors, chiefs of the princes. Their number enrolled by genealogies, for service in war, was 26,000 men.

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  1. Genealogies Cont.

    On today's chapter, Andrew Hill writes in his commentary:

    "This section of the Chronicler’s genealogical prologue contains the final installment of Hebrew tribal lists, broadly classified as northern and in certain cases Transjordan tribes. This treatment of six Israelite tribes is remarkably brief (forty verses) when compared to the preceding register of Levites (eighty-one verses). Yet the listing is in keeping with the Chronicler’s overall purpose in the retelling of Israelite history. The inclusion of both the prominent and obscure northern Hebrew tribes is necessary for presenting a complete historical overview of Israel to the restoration community.

    "The genealogical record of the northern tribes is also important given the Chronicler’s theological emphasis on 'all Israel,' perhaps on the basis of Ezekiel’s prophecy of the two sticks (representing Israel and Judah) being rejoined as one stick after the Exile (Ezek. 37:15–23). Moreover, the accounts of the northern tribes provide the Chronicler with an appropriate entree to his primary theme, kingship in Israel. The introduction of the tribe of Benjamin permits the logical expansion of the tribal genealogy in chapter 8 and naturally leads into the family of Saul, the first king of Israel."

    Hill, A. E. (2003). 1 & 2 Chronicles (pp. 148–149). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

    Christians are warriors today but in the spiritual sense. We are told to put on the whole armor of God and to stand firm against the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6) . We are also made aware throughout Scripture that we will face battles and trials as believers and will face opposition if we are in Christ. 

    Our dedication to knowing God through His Word and following His instructions and commands will determine our success in the battles we face.

  2. I was thinking about how important genealogies are to the Jewish people, who trace their history all the way back to Abraham when confirming their heritage as the people of promise. God’s promise to Abraham is theirs by way of the promised child Isaac. To this day that promise is held so dear, there is unrest across the world between the descendants of Ishmael (Abraham’s first son, by his wife’s servant Hagar) and the descendants of Isaac (the child promised to Abraham and his wife Sarah).

    Yet in Christ, who is the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham’s descendants, God has adopted us and welcomed us into that promised inheritance. 

    Where then is our place in those genealogies? Do we have one? 

    And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.” Galatians 3:29 

    By God’s grace, through our faith in Christ, we are Abraham’s offspring!

    Are you Christ’s by faith? Has God purchased you with the blood of His only Son, who lay down His life to redeem yours and reconcile you to God? If so, you are a child of the promise, by the grace of God. 

    But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4:4-7

    Thank you, Father!! 

  3. I guess I'm in a time of trial right now. 

    Yesterday was a much better day, however, than the day before. I got a good night's sleep, spent time in prayer, and listened to Christian music, for inspiration. I changed my attitude, and I took on the day with patience, love, and kindness. What a difference a day makes! 

    I know my future holds hills and valleys, and I'll never handle anything perfectly, but I strive to be more like Jesus, and I'm so grateful to have Him by my side. 

    I honestly don't know how people get through without God. 

    1. Let these words encourage you as you strive to be more like Jesus!

      "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).

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