Background: The book of Chronicles was written to encourage God’s people who had been exiled to Babylon and were wondering if God was still for them. This first section of Chronicles seems like just a long list of names, but it is intended to remind the people of their heritage in the promises given to Adam and Abraham and Moses and David. At the end of the first 9 chapters of geneological names, we find something amazing about the return of God’s people from Babylon to the Promised Land.
Ask the children…
Who were the first to return?
“The first Israelites to return from exile to their homes and cities were the priests, the Levites, and the temple support staff.” (1 Chronicles 9:2)
These were not the people in positions of great power or leadership, but those who served God and each other. It is the common people who are the ones that God raised to be the first to go back to their Promised Land.
God does the same thing today. Of course we see on TV or the internet or on the radio about the leaders, but in the end, what we learn has made all the difference are those faithful common people.
Ask your children if they feel like a common person? Do they realize that God honors common people because they are the workers that He uses to get His plans accomplished. Ask your children if there is one simple thing they can do today to honor God? Help them make a plan to do it and then rejoice with them that they have the chance to honor God.
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