Questions for Bible Study: 1 Chronicles 5-9
1 Chronicles 5-9
Last week we talked about the Judah bias that is to be found in Chronicles. Be on the lookout for examples, like 5:2, in which the greatness of Judah is proclaimed.
- 1 Chronicles 5, while it continues its genealogy, it slanders Reuben for sins committed against the family. Are there times that you find it difficult to let go of hurts from your life?
- 1 Chronicles 5:2 states that it was the “Judah tribe that became the most powerful and produced a leader” (CEV). If we compare the authors of Samuel/Kings to that of Chronicles, which do you think would be more ready to follow Jesus?
- Last week we talked about how place names are important for those first readers of Chronicles. Are there cities that when just the name is mentioned brings forth vivid memories to your mind?
- In chapter 6, we learn about the genealogy of Levi, the tribe of priests. Do you think meeting someone’s family helps you to know that person better? Why or why not?
- Chapter 6 also describes the worship performed by the Levites. Are you the kind of person who likes to read the instructions or do you just dive in? How do you think these things might relate to one another?
- Chapter 7 gives the first telling of the genealogy of Benjamin. Are you surprised by its length? Who is missing in this first telling?
- By placing Benjamin last in the genealogies, in chapters 7 and 8, it is as if Saul is an afterthought in the mind of the author. Who does the Church treat as an afterthought? Do we let certain characters in the Bible be unimportant?
- David came before even his ancestor Judah. What do you think the author of Chronicles is trying to do by making this choice? What would it mean if you were writing your family genealogy and put your immediate family first?
- Chapter 9 is an account of the return from exile. Why would the Levites be mentioned as returning home first? Based on what you read in the genealogies, who would you expect to return last?
- If there had been a world war and all human knowledge had been lost, what would you begin writing as an instruction manual to rebuild civilization?