“Cutting In Line” – One Year Bible Reading – July 5

Old Testament: 1 Chronicles 1-2:17

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1 Chronicles 1-2:17  Cutting In Line

A genealogy of mankind is given to open the book of Chronicles.  The author, perhaps Ezra, begins with Adam and goes through Abraham, his twelve sons, and David.  What’s interesting is that the rejected lines drop out and only the lines that lead to King David and Jesus remain.

Chronicles was written as one book but broken into two when the Hebrew was translated into Greek between 300 and 200 B.C.  They called it “Things Omitted” which was an inadequate title.  They were referring to Chronicles reiteration of things that were in the Samuels and Kings but in more detail.  It is useful to see that Chr0nicles has a different purpose than Kings and Samuel just as there are four gospels that emphasize different aspects of the same material.

Chronicles gives the story of all the kings but from Yahweh’s viewpoint rather than a man’s history.  Thus the spiritual aspects of the recounts are emphasized.  David’s sin with Bathsheba is not mentioned because Yahweh forgot it!  It was not important in Yahweh’s recounting.

New Testament:  Acts 23:11-35

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Acts 23:11-35    Plotting Along

The Lord told Paul that night that just as he had been faithful in witnessing to Him in Jerusalem, he was to tell his story in Rome.

The next day about forty Jews bound themselves together by an oath that they would neither eat nor drink till they had extricated Paul from the earth.  They asked the council and elders to summon Paul under the prevention of bringing a verdict on his case.  The assassins told the council they would make sure Paul never made it as far as them.

Paul’s nephew heard about the plot and he tipped off Paul.  Paul asked one of the centurions to escort his nephew to the commander to report the treachery.  The commander told the boy not to tell anyone that he had squealed.  The commander readied two hundred soldiers with seventy horsemen and two hundred spear-chuckers to protect Paul.  Paul was going to appear before the governor, Felix.

The commander wrote a letter that said

1)  Paul had been arrested by the Jews and was about to be killed by them when he, the commander, rescued him

2)  Paul, it turned out, was a Roman citizen

3)  The commander ascertained that the Jews were upset with Paul over points of Jewish law

4)  The commander found Paul innocent of any sentence of death or even imprisonment

5)   The commander stated that he was informed of a plot on Paul’s life and decided to send him to the governor along with his Jewish accusers

 

The soldiers brought Paul to Antipatris, about 35 miles north of Jerusalem, under cover of the night.  The soldiers left the horsemen in charge and went back to the barracks the next day.  The governor had Paul held in Herod’s Praetorium until the Jews arrived.

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