The book of Chronicles

Like the books of Samuel and Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles were originally a single continuous work called the book of Chronicles. It was only until much later that the books were separated into 2 distinct books. Within these books there is a chapter that should hold your attention.

The book of the chronicles was written to the returning exiles from Babylon. It was meant to stir up zeal and passion for the once great nation. This is why the book starts off with the long genealogy of nine chapters. These nine chapters do not give the genealogy of all mankind but rather focus on the line of David to remind the people where they have come from.

Immediately on the heels of the first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles is our focus. 1 Chronicles chapter 10 tells us of the life of Saul. But how is Saul remembered? The life of Saul covers more than 40 years and covers 1 Samuel 9 to the end of the book in 1 Samuel 31. His entire life is summed up by his failures. Saul failed his nation (1 Chronicles 10:1). Saul failed his family (1 Chronicles 10:2). Saul failed himself (1 Chronicles 10:3-5).

You see, it does not matter how we start this life it matters how we finish. Saul’s life will forever be remembered as a failure to God.

So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the Lord, because of the word of the Lord which he did not keep; and also     because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it, 14 and did not inquire of the Lord. Therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse. (1 Chronicles 10:13-14)