Dr. Dave Burnette
1 Chronicles 7 - Simply Believing God at His Word
1 Chronicles 7 1Now the sons of Issachar were, Tola, and Puah, Jashub, and Shimrom, four. 2And the sons of Tola; Uzzi, and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Jibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their father's house, to wit, of Tola: they were valiant men of might in their generations; whose number was in the days of David two and twenty thousand and six hundred. 3And the sons of Uzzi; Izrahiah: and the sons of Izrahiah; Michael, and Obadiah, and Joel, Ishiah, five: all of them chief men. 4And with them, by their generations, after the house of their fathers, were bands of soldiers for war, six and thirty thousand men: for they had many wives and sons. 5And their brethren among all the families of Issachar were valiant men of might, reckoned in all by their genealogies fourscore and seven thousand. 6The sons of Benjamin; Bela, and Becher, and Jediael, three. 7And the sons of Bela; Ezbon, and Uzzi, and Uzziel, and Jerimoth, and Iri, five; heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valour; and were reckoned by their genealogies twenty and two thousand and thirty and four. 8And the sons of Becher; Zemira, and Joash, and Eliezer, and Elioenai, and Omri, and Jerimoth, and Abiah, and Anathoth, and Alameth. All these are the sons of Becher. 9And the number of them, after their genealogy by their generations, heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valour, was twenty thousand and two hundred. 10The sons also of Jediael; Bilhan: and the sons of Bilhan; Jeush, and Benjamin, and Ehud, and Chenaanah, and Zethan, and Tharshish, and Ahishahar. 11All these the sons of Jediael, by the heads of their fathers, mighty men of valour, were seventeen thousand and two hundred soldiers, fit to go out for war and battle. 12Shuppim also, and Huppim, the children of Ir, and Hushim, the sons of Aher. 13The sons of Naphtali; Jahziel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shallum, the sons of Bilhah. 14The sons of Manasseh; Ashriel, whom she bare: (but his concubine the Aramitess bare Machir the father of Gilead: 15And Machir took to wife the sister of Huppim and Shuppim, whose sister's name was Maachah;) and the name of the second was Zelophehad: and Zelophehad had daughters. 16And Maachah the wife of Machir bare a son, and she called his name Peresh; and the name of his brother was Sheresh; and his sons were Ulam and Rakem. 17And the sons of Ulam; Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh. 18And his sister Hammoleketh bare Ishod, and Abiezer, and Mahalah. 19And the sons of Shemidah were, Ahian, and Shechem, and Likhi, and Aniam. 20And the sons of Ephraim; Shuthelah, and Bered his son, and Tahath his son, and Eladah his son, and Tahath his son, 21And Zabad his son, and Shuthelah his son, and Ezer, and Elead, whom the men of Gath that were born in that land slew, because they came down to take away their cattle. 22And Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brethren came to comfort him. 23And when he went in to his wife, she conceived, and bare a son, and he called his name Beriah, because it went evil with his house. 24(And his daughter was Sherah, who built Bethhoron the nether, and the upper, and Uzzensherah.) 25And Rephah was his son, also Resheph, and Telah his son, and Tahan his son. 26Laadan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son. 27Non his son, Jehoshuah his son. 28And their possessions and habitations were, Bethel and the towns thereof, and eastward Naaran, and westward Gezer, with the towns thereof; Shechem also and the towns thereof, unto Gaza and the towns thereof: 29And by the borders of the children of Manasseh, Bethshean and her towns, Taanach and her towns, Megiddo and her towns, Dor and her towns. In these dwelt the children of Joseph the son of Israel. 30The sons of Asher; Imnah, and Isuah, and Ishuai, and Beriah, and Serah their sister. 31And the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel, who is the father of Birzavith. 32And Heber begat Japhlet, and Shomer, and Hotham, and Shua their sister. 33And the sons of Japhlet; Pasach, and Bimhal, and Ashvath. These are the children of Japhlet. 34And the sons of Shamer; Ahi, and Rohgah, Jehubbah, and Aram. 35And the sons of his brother Helem; Zophah, and Imna, and Shelesh, and Amal. 36The sons of Zophah; Suah, and Harnepher, and Shual, and Beri, and Imrah, 37Bezer, and Hod, and Shamma, and Shilshah, and Ithran, and Beera. 38And the sons of Jether; Jephunneh, and Pispah, and Ara. 39And the sons of Ulla; Arah, and Haniel, and Rezia. 40All these were the children of Asher, heads of their father's house, choice and mighty men of valour, chief of the princes. And the number throughout the genealogy of them that were apt to the war and to battle was twenty and six thousand men
Today's Scripture Meaning Genealogies. - Here is no account either of Zebulun or Dan. We can assign no reason why they only should be omitted; but it is the disgrace of the tribe of Dan, that idolatry began in that colony which fixed in Laish, and called it Dan, (Jdg 18) and there one of the golden calves was set up by Jeroboam. Dan is omitted, (Re 7). Men become abominable when they forsake the worship of the true God, for any creature object.
Today's Scripture Application Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of 1 Chronicles with Chapter 7. In our text today we see more of the genealogies of the nation of Israel as they are chronicled for us. Today we see descendants of Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, and Asher. What catches my eye is mention of Joshua, who was man of great faith, believed God for his Word, and that He would equip him for anything or any obstacle he would face. He was rewarded in the end although he always seemed to face others of little faith and conviction. In making application we see that we too can be Christians of great faith. That we can do great things even though we live in a land where others have little faith and conviction. How about you? Do you see yourself as a Joshua in a land that seems far from the Lord? Let us learn from our text today remembering those who have been chronicled here, like Joshua, who did great things having faith in the Lord by simply believing God at His Word.
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