Learning From the Past

This opening chapter gives us a genealogy starting with Adam and following many of his descendants through time. We see Seth, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and many more as the foundation of God’s faithfulness is established. These precise genealogies are intended to not only track specific lineages, but also display the intricacy and massive time frame that the Lord works within. Believed to have been written by Ezra, God is setting the stage for the history lesson to follow. We will see in upcoming chapters lessons learned, mistakes made and great victories which will be setting the stage for a study primarily focused on the reign of David.

Those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.

In the Bible, God is constantly pointing to the past in order to teach us today. People are still people and the basic struggles they faced thousands of years ago are the same ones we battle today. Pride is still pride, sin is still sin and wrestling with the flesh is still the preeminent pastime of humanity. In studying the Biblical accounts of these victories and losses, we can gain valuable insight into our own path. The Lord has given us all the tools and instructions we need to be a success in this life. It’s just a matter of taking the time to read the instructions (The Bible) before we act. Having put many complicated things together wrong over the years, I figured out that instructions are very important. I don’t know about you, but I would like to skip as many mistakes as possible in this life. The way to do that is to use the Bible as our guide in every situation. His instructions are always best, all we have to do is follow them. 1 Chronicles 1