As I continue telling you ten books I would take to evangelise a desert island we come to Chronicles (1 and 2 were combined originally).
What’s the book about?
Chronicles tells the story of Israel from King Saul through to the release from Exile.
Why did I choose this book?
I view Biblical Theology (following the Bible’s own layout and searching it for truth) as much more important than Systematic Theology (the grouping of verses according to subjects, i.e. God, the Bible etc.).
One of the things that surprises Christians is the amount of narrative in the Bible. Both preachers and their congregations rarely consider it.
However, the story of Israel is key to God and to modern Christians. I chose Chronicles because it contains most of Israel’s history, and the islanders could do with knowing it.
In particular we learn in Chronicles
- That God’s people fail
- That God’s people deserve punishment
- That God can work in spite of people’s failure
I’d encourage you to start taking the narrative parts of the Bible more seriously. Maybe Chronicles, maybe you want to start elsewhere. But God shared Israel’s history for a reason.
If you’re interested in looking at the storyline of the Bible in greater depth have a look at God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts. A really easy read, it will give you a great overview of the Bible.