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2 Chronicles 36:22-23, Ezra 1:1-11, & 1 Chronicles 3:17-19

09.08.2010

Chronicles ends with a literary bridge to Ezra, the successive book.  In one

sense this marks the end of an era* in terms of Israel as an independent nation and the transition of God as a national God to a God who is using Israel as part of his redemptive work for all of creation.  Alternately, though, this emphasizes the continuity between the books since Ezra is the author of both and since God’s promises of redeption, a Messiah, and eternal fellowship with Him remain as true to the story told up until now as to the very different story which follows.

The geneology from 1 Chronicles emphasizes this continuity, following the Davidic line past the exile, through people with no royal position, and to the present day, where Zerubabbel will lead the effort to rebuild his ancestor Solomon’s temple.

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* No more J-man and Channy!  Oh, wait.  That’s something else…

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