Readings – Week of July 31

Having completed the genealogies that reconnect God's people to their history going back to Adam (1:1-14) and Noah (1:5-27) and to God's covenantal and providential dealings with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (1:34-7:40), this week's Old Testament readings in 1 Chronicles this week transition to the reign of David. The New Testament readings for this week covers the First Missionary Journey of Paul and Barnabas (chs. 13-14) and its immediate aftermath, leading to first church council, the Council of Jerusalem (ch. 15).

Reading the Genealogies (Gen. 9:18-11:32)

It is undeniable that the genealogical lists in Scripture can seem boring.  But, rightly understood, they do have both a narrative and a covenantal significance in several ways. Narratively, they give a sense of time, space, and relational context.  The Genesis 5 genealogy, for example, describes the growth of human families, whereas the Genesis 10 … Continue reading Reading the Genealogies (Gen. 9:18-11:32)