Opening up 1 & 2 Chronicles

The OT is chock full of messianic imagery, especially when unfolding the theology of the Davidic Kingdom and it’s implications for the NT believers and beyond. Eugene Merrill brings this imagery and more to mind in his Commentary on 1&2 Chronicles.

As mentioned, the David Kingdom, and subsequent covenant, brings to mind a future messiah. We also have here a reaching back to covenant wording, namely that Solomon would “be my son, and I will be his father, and I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever”.

9780825425592Commentators over the years have been quick to paint King David in a favorable light, yet Merrill explains clearly from the text that this is simply not the case with David. “It is not as though the Chronicler has created a morally and ethnically fictional character-for there are a number of places where he disabuses the reader of this notion…He has refrained from mentioning the more sordid aspects of David’s private life and kingship such as his adultery and its murderous cover-up. In any event, this was public knowledge and therefore was not deceit by silence.”

The covenant wording does not end with David or his son Solomon. It continues as a major motif throughout the two books and has strong ties to an eschatological renewal promised by Christ in the New Testament. Through Christ and on to the book of Revelation we see the Lion of Judah returning with a sword to exercise judgement and wage war against those who have been disobedient to his commands and have spurned his glory in suppressing the truth.

At just over 600 pages of excursis, this commentary on Chronicles does a very thorough job of bringing the Davidid covenant into view as the rich history of redemption is unfolded before the reader. Couple that with a robust biblical theology and this Commentary on 1&2 Chronicles does not disappoint. A must have for the serious student of the word and the pastor seeking to open up the OT for his people.

Merrill, Eugene H. A Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2015. Print. Kregel Exegetical Library.

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