1 Chronicles 1 – Gems in Chronicles

Have you ever thought to find meaning in the genealogical tree presented in the first chapter of 1 Chronicles? While the apostle Paul admonishes us not to take heed to “endless genealogies” (1 Tim. 1:4,) we know that God had a purpose for placing this important genealogy here. God planted Israel as a vine in the Pleasant Land and His purpose was to remind them of their heritage that they not forget from whence they came and the sacred history involved with key figures outlined in Scripture. Otherwise, being tempted to forgetfulness of where God had led in the past, they would be inclined to idolatry and following after the abominations of the heathen.

1 Chronicles 1The record begins with a keynote name of our first father, Adam. “which was the son of God” (Luke 3:38). Thus, the genealogy should ever bring into remembrance that it was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that is our Creator and the Fall whereby this same God became our Redeemer through the grace extended to our fallen first parents. As the reader sweeps through this historical record of our patriarchs from the time of Creation to the time of the Flood and past the time of Israel, the great landmarks in the great controversy and the plan of salvation, and timeless object lessons learned from their stories, should come vividly to the mind.

Yet, amidst the names that may seem as a tedious list to many, one can find peculiar items. What think ye concerning Peleg? “And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg; because in his days the earth was divided” (verse 19). How could the earth be divided in his days? Peleg was born about 100 years after the ark settled on the mountains of Ararat. There are two main theories in lieu of this: 1) It is referring to the dividing of national powers after the dispersion of the tower of Babel, or 2) it is referring to after the type of ice age (of which there are many natural evidences for) came and started to melt, the waters would have divided the great land masses and covered the natural bridges between them (such as at the Bering Strait). Or, perhaps, this is referring to both (of the way I tend to lean.) It is interesting to note that the name ‘Peleg’ in Hebrew can refer to a dividing by waters.

In any case, we can rest assured that there will always be more treasures to dig from His word of which the study guarantees to expand, strengthen, and sharpen the mind more than anything else on the divided face of this planet.

May you dig deeper, yet, into His Word,

Jeffrey Maxwell

Here are some websites for some more reading on the subject of Peleg: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/cm/v22/n1/peleg


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