Day 5

Resettlement in Jerusalem

1 Chronicles 9:1-44, Galatians 3:28-29

BY Lindsey Jacobi

There’s nothing quite like a fresh start. A new year, a new rhythm, a new city. A new job, a new challenge, a new community. But sometimes fresh starts come on the other side of the hardest moments and seasons of our lives—things we never asked for. The fresh starts that come on the other side of grief, loss, suffering, and sin often have a different weight to them, because we always carry the “before.” It may be a bit lighter, or start to sting less each day, but there is a history we bring with us into a new season. 

As we reach the final chapter of genealogies in 1 Chronicles (way to go!), we catch up to God’s people during a similar kind of fresh start. 

All of the genealogies up to this point have been leading us here. Chronicles has the whole of the Old Testament in view with these nine chapters of genealogies. The Chronicler has leveraged all of history to tell the story of God’s people from creation until the exiles’ return to the land God had given them. Just as God had been faithful from the beginning, the Chronicler would remind God’s people that He would also be faithful to another promise—to rebuild this faithful remnant. They weren’t lost forever. They weren’t without hope. 

Many inhabitants returned to the towns and provinces outside of Jerusalem, while some people stayed in the city to protect it from attack and serve in the temple. The people listed here in chapter 9 were those who began setting down roots; the people who would lay down the foundations of a new temple, rebuild the center of worship, and eventually rebuild the city walls. 

Each of these people who returned are testifiers to God’s faithfulness—their lives another chapter in the long legacy of God’s people. This is what the Chronicler has been holding up as a reminder of the past, and how this group is both physically and spiritually laying the foundations of a new future. 

Having looked back, we will now turn toward a more detailed account of Israel’s history, as the author of Chronicles draws them down through the years of King David’s promised kingship, Solomon’s faithful building of the temple, the dividing of God’s kingdom, and the myriad of kings and their varying degrees of faithfulness. 

With all the ups and downs, the people of God—both then and now—are called to remember the faithfulness of God at every turn and His unmatched ability to restore and renew the lost and broken places and seasons of our lives. 

So, I’m not sure what you are bringing into this season of Lent. I’m not sure what kind of fresh start you are praying for on the other side of Resurrection Sunday. But I do know this: If you belong to Christ, then you are an heir to all of His promises (Galatians 3:29). You have been woven into the very history of His people that we spent this week reading. You also have a hope and future because God is faithful to His promises. 

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  1. Brooke Jade says:

    What stood out to me in todays passage was that God creates a role for each one of us, and it’s specific. In a world where I feel I’m expected to ‘do it all’ and excel at everything I felt a weight lift from me while reading that God had people who oversaw the minding of the gates, or the furniture, the mixing of spices. I just need to be diligent in what God has tasked me with,

  2. Leslee Doyle says:

    Hi Eryn, I think I’m going to have the same journey. A little bit of both! Thanks so much :)

  3. Leslee Doyle says:

    Hi Minnie – I think I’ll be doing the same! Thanks so much :)

  4. Leslee Doyle says:

    Thanks so much Brielle. Helps me understand, and I’ll probably do the same! :)

  5. Linsey Lewis says:

    @Amy Condrey — Not sure if you’ll see this, but I feel you. As I read the first several chapters, I was struck by how few women were named. And I said something about it here. It more importantly, I asked God about it. I know God values and treasures his daughters. So why did He name the sons but so few daughters in this exhaustive genealogy? I don’t know the “right” answer, but I do know this: God has called YOU by name. Your name is written in His book! I also know this: the bleakness of the Old Testament creates the desperation for Jesus in the New. And our Jesus approached women, healed women, spent time with women, named women. We matter! You matter! ❤️

  6. Eryn Tribble says:

    That’s really fascinating insight! Does the Talmud have a less bleak version that is more detailed? I’m not sure how to dive in there

  7. Eryn Tribble says:

    Same experience here. I just started a couple months ago and cancelled an issue because I felt I didnt need the paper copy if I got more data here. However, when I did the plan just with the app the next session I didn’t feel as immersed in the scripture. So- now I’m back to reading the paper copy, checking in here for the study portion and just now building into the community. I think everyone will have a different journey and am thankful there are so many ways to “catch” the experience!
    I also use the screens on my iPhone to help with memorization and prayer moments. Lovely!!!

  8. Minnie Batty says:

    Leslee- I am doing both! I also like the feel of an actual book in my hands, and the ability to write in it, or underline, etc. But I was feeling a little FOMO about the in-app devotionals, so I’m just doing both!

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