Understanding 1 & 2 Chronicles: The House of God and Its Service
By: John Heading
Even From a historical point of view, the two books of Chronicles make interesting reading, but from a spiritual point of view, their value is both thrilling and practical. No doubt an exposition of the substance of these two books is unusual. Yet the author conducted Bible study meetings through these two books over a period of three years, and the interest shown was such that the substance of these studies would appear applicable to a wider audience.
The presentation here is not that of merely repeating the historical and typical details in ordinary prose form; space is too valuable for that approach. The historical Biblical text must be read in conjunction with its spiritual interpretation given in this exposition. Since the subject matter is large, and the book had to be relatively brief, the style is one of compression-written in prose style and not in mere note style-brining out at every stage the salient principles that governed the types and history of the time, with constant applications to the fellowship and service of Christians today.
It will be obvious to readers that 1 Timothy 3:15 “that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God,” has been very prominent before the heart of the author as he has studied his portion of Scripture. In that sense, the types and history of old are very relevant to Christians today, so the author’s trust is that this somewhat neglected portion of Scripture may be revived in the interests of God’s People. May we, like David, set our affection to the house of our God (1 Chron. 29:3). The Lord will thereby be Glorified, and His People edified.
Author: Heading, John