God loves us individually
1 Chronicles 1-8
1 Chronicles starts with a somewhat lengthy genealogy of Israel which begins with Adam and gives us a Who’s who of Israel’s history with special emphasis on David’s royal line. There are a number of genealogies in the bible. The one in Genesis 5: 1-32 lists Adam’s descendants from Adam to Noah’s three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. The genealogy in 1 Chronicles includes that list and more. There’s a full chapter on both Jacob’s descendants and David’s descendants, then there are sections on each of the tribes of Israel. The genealogy in Matthew (Matthew 1:1-16) shows the ancestors of Jesus from Abraham to Jesus.
These genealogies were included in the bible to confirm the bible’s promise that the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ, would be born into the line of Abraham. These genealogies are just as important to us today because they prove that the Old Testament was true when it was written that Jesus, the Messiah would be a descendant of Abraham and David. Two of these predictions can be found in Genesis 12:1-3 & 2 Samuel 7:12/13.
It is so awesome how there is such a consistent thread through Scripture – pointing us to Jesus, revealing God’s loving plan and showing us just how much God loves us. The genealogy found in 1 Chronicles lists individual names. This record of names demonstrates that God is interested not only in nations, but also individuals.
As I consider God’s love for me, I am reminded of the scripture that tells me God even knows how many hairs are on my head:
‘And even the very hairs of your head are numbered’ (Matthew 10:30)
God loves and cares for us so much, so much so that he gave his only son:
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’ John 3:16