In this brief series, David Gooding helps us to navigate through Chronicles’ lengthy genealogies and to trace the outworking of God’s purposes and plans—initially for Israel but ultimately, through ‘great David’s greater son’ for the whole of God’s redeemed people.
We follow the trajectory of I Chronicles from Adam to the point where a man, in the person of Solomon, sits on the throne of the Lord. And we are reminded of Christ’s tremendous promise to us: ‘To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me on my throne, even as I also overcame and am sat down with my Father on his throne’ (see Rev 3:21 KJV).
The ‘exceedingly magnificent’ temple for which King David made preparation, and which his son Solomon built, not only proclaimed the glory and the holiness of God in its day, but also stands for us as a prototype of that eternal dwelling place of God in the new Jerusalem. There God will dwell not just among his people but within his people—‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Col 1:27). Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that construction work is already in progress.