Cover to Cover
1 Chronicles 1, 2
In our reading today we have a number of genealogies. Most people look at these portions of Scripture as boring. But honestly one of the greatest revelations I ever received from the Spirit of God was a genealogy covering Shem to Abraham in Genesis 1:10-27 and there is one in our reading in 1 Chronicles 1:17-28. As your reading you will see a genealogy concerning David’s family that goes all the way back before Israel crossed the Jordan in Joshua’s day. In that genealogy you will see the names of Joab, Ahishai, Asahel, and Amasa, all four of these guys were David’s nephews, and they all played prominent roles in David’s life after he became king and written in 2 Samuel. There are nuggets of truth all through the Bible, even in the genealogies.
In our reading today we have Jesus on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles. Every day during the Feast there was a water ceremony where the priest recited Isaiah 12:3 and afterward the priest would pour water on base of the Altar. On that last day as they were preparing to pour the water at the base of the altar scholars say it was at that moment that Jesus cried out: “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-39). Jesus was telling those of his day and everyone after that, that he alone can satisfy not only the thirst for eternal life, but also give the abundant rivers of water that will flow out of our hearts from the Holy Spirit.