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First Chronicles-Detailed Outline
A. Genealogies
1 Chronicles 1 Patriarchs
1 Chronicles 1:1-27 Adam to Abraham.
1 Chronicles 1:28-33 Sons of Abraham.
1 Chronicles 1:34-54 Sons of Isaac.
1 Chronicles 2-4:23 Judah
1 Chronicles 2:1-2 Sons of Israel.
1 Chronmicles 2:3-55 The descendants of Judah. Since Judah was dominant in the south, his line was recorded in great detail.
1 Chronicles 3:1-24 The Davidic line. David's line was principle interest for Chronicler. Naming of many sons was probably due to pride of ancestry as opposed to picking Davidic successor
1 Chronicles 4:1-23 Miscellaneous material involving Judah's line.
1 Chronicles 4:24-9:44 Genealogies of the Ten Tribes
Very brief, descendants were absorbed by Judahites.
1 Chronicles 5 Tribes East of the Jordan-Reuben, Gad
Mention of his sin with Bilhah given as reason why Reuben is not favored. Judah was dominant. And Jesus would come from that tribe. Early on, Reuben settled east of the Jordan.
1 Chronicles 6 Levi
Levi… the tribe of Israel's religious leaders.
1 Chronicles 6:1-15 Line of high priests.
1 Chronicles 6:16-30 Three clans of Levi
1 Chronicles 6:31-48 Levitical musicians.
1 Chronicles 6:54-81 Cities set aside for Levitical use.
1 Chronicles 7 Six Other Tribes Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, Ephraim, Asher, Manasseh
1 Chronicles 7:1-5 Summary of Issachar' descendants.
1 Chronicles 7:6-12 Summary of Benjamin's sons.
1 Chronicles 7:14-19 Descendants of Manasseh.
1 Chronicles 7:20-29 Sons of Ephraim.
1 Chronicles 7:30-40 Sons of Asher.
1 Chronicles 8 Descendants of Benjamin
1 Chronicles 8:1-40 Additional information is given regarding Benjamin. Tribe of Benjamin remained with the south when kingdom was divided.
1 Chronicles 9:1-9:34 Jerusalem’s Inhabitants After the Exile
The genealogy of the citizens of Jerusalem, after the exile, is delineated. The genealogy was important for chronicler to demonstrate continuity with ancestral tribes. They were able to reestablish the presence of Israel in Promised Land. Included, in the account, were a few references to representatives of northern tribes.
1 Chronicles 9:35-9:44 Descendants of the Father of Gibeon
The genealogy of Saul who was from the tribe of Benjamin is given.
B. The Reign of David
1 Chronicles 10:1-14 Background and the Death of Saul
1 Chronicles 10:1-12 No information, moved directly from Saul's genealogy to his death. Saul was simply a stepping-stone to. David's monarchy is mentioned. Saul's entire house was wiped out, thereby paving the way for David.
1 Chronicles 10:13-14 A reason is given for Saul's death. Saul was unfaithful to the Lord. The Lord "put him to death and gave the kingdom to David".
1 Chronicles 11-20 David’s Rise to Power
1 Chronicles 11:1-12:40 David Was Established in Jerusalem; David's Heroes
1 Chronicles 11:1-3 The anointing of David.
1 Chronicles 11:4-9 David captured Jerusalem which is established as new political capital.
1 Chronicles 11:10-47 David's mighty men (the Heroes). Military leaders and tribal officers who supported him are named making an indication of David's popularity.
1 Chronicles 12:1-22 Names of those who supported him while Saul was king.
1 Chronicles 12:23-40 List of those rallying to support David. Numbers were quite high; David's army likened to the "army of God".
1 Chronicles 13:1-16:43Transfer of the Ark to Jerusalem
1 Chronicles 13:1-14 First attempt at a transfer (Philistines had captured it during the reign of Saul, had sent it to Abinadab's house). Account gives an indication of David's attention to piety. On the way Uzzah touched the ark, was immediately struck down. David was afraid to return the ark, sent it to house of Obed-Edom for 3 months. The Lord blessed Obed's house.
1 Chronicles 14:1-5 King of Hiram offered to send craftsmen to build proper palace. Offer validated David as head of State. David took many more wives and had many more sons.
1 Chronicles 14:6-17 Philistines tried to attack. David inquired of the Lord, received the go-ahead to fight them. The Philistines were defeated. "David's fame spread; the Lord made all the nations fear him"
1 Chronicles 15-16 Bringing the ark to Jerusalem. Began the transformation of Jerusalem as religious capital of Israel. Fulfillment of promise to Moses…Lord will choose a place to dwell. People were to come to Jerusalem for worship and sacrifice. David prepared a place for the Ark in Jerusalem. Only the Levites were assigned to accompany Ark. A huge procession is described, accompanied by singing and dancing, and worship. Worship would now be continuous with the Levites in charge.
1 Chronicles 17 Nathan's prophecy. David desired to build proper temple for Ark (He lived in nice palace)
Lord prophesied to Nathan - The Lord would build house for David. David was not to build a house for the Lord. Lord would make David's name great; his kingdom would prosper. David's son would build temple. Lord stated David's "throne will be established forever". David prayed, accepted blessings and affirmed eternal outcome.
1 Chronicles 18 Conquests and administrative matters are noted. David defeated Philistines, Moabites, and Arameans. David offered booty to the Lord. David did "what was right and just for all his people".

1 Chronicles 19:1-20:3 War with the Ammonites is recounted. Wars were described, but no mention of Bathsheba or Uriah's death.
1 Chronicles 20:4-8 War with the Philistines.
1 Chronicles 21-29 David’s Latter Days
1 Chronicles 21 Taking the census. Commander Joab thought this was a bad idea. David went ahead anyway. Numbers were astronomical…over a million men who were fighters. David was punished for his acts. Chose the punishment…a plague. David confessed his sin, offered himself in punishment. The angel of the Lord told David to buy a threshing floor, sacrifice there. Plague was staunched.
1 Chronicles 22 Preparations for the temple. David accumulated materials for building the temple. The temple was a place of peace; therefore David (a man of war) would not be given authority to build it. Solomon was given words of encouragement to build it. God was the authority behind all of it.
1 Chronicles 23-26 Organization of the temple. David appointed Solomon as king. A list of the Levites who were to perform duties in the service of the temple is given. Care of the place, on continuous duty. List of the Priests (Aaron's line) is also given. A list of musicians…4000 Levitical musicians is given as well. Music was to play an important part in worship services. List of "Gatekeepers"…more Levites, temple guards and treasury are made. Remaining Levites were made overseers of Trans-Jordanian area.
1 Chronicles 27 Civil organization: A naming of the principle officers in charge is made. Showed that David was well organized; glory days of his kingdom. Numbers were 24,000 for each division, one division for each month. Not clear whether all twelve tribes were represented.
1 Chronicles 28-29 Final preparations and final words: David's final words to all the leaders of his people are noted. Reiterated his kingdom would be forever; Solomon would build temple. Charged the people and Solomon to dedicate themselves to this task. Portrayed David to be like Moses; Solomon like Joshua. Neither David nor Moses completed their task. Solomon built the temple; Joshua led the people into the Promised Land. God determined all these events. Both Joshua and Solomon received God's promise. "The Lord goes with you." "He will never leave you nor forsake you." David died; Solomon was his successor.

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