Michael Wilcock sees Chronicles as first and foremost a sermon; its object -- to foster a right relationship between God and his people. The Chronicler finds in the records of Israel the "great overall pattern" of God's hand in history. The Lord's constant mercy, love and faithfulness shine through. With great perception, the Chronicler first selects and then proclaims this vibrant pattern, highlighted in the living events of the nations's actual hsitory.
Once its purpose is grasped, the book comes alive. It can be seen as nothing less than a final and momentous look back over the entire Old Testament. Viewed in this way, Chronicles has something of the vividness, contrast and drama of the last book of the New Testament, Revelation.
Michael Wilcock sees the countless persons named and chronicled as part of one people of the living God. They make vivid to us the truths by which the Lord's people in every generation are to live.
Part One: The tree of the Lord's planting - 1 Chronicles 1-9
1. Roots - 1 Chronicles 1-3
2. Branches - 1 Chronicles 4-7
3. Fruit - 1 Chronicles 8-9
Part Two: David, the man of war - 1 Chronicles 10-29
4. The unity and individuality of the people of God - 1 Chronicles 10-12
5. Changeless grace in changing circumstances - 1 Chronicles 13, 15-16
6. The fame and fear of the king - 1 Chronicles 14, 18-20
7. Gifts for the house of God - 1 Chronicles 17, 21-22
8. A people prepared - 1 Chronicles 23-27
9. The great continuities - 1 Chronicles 28-29
Part Three: Solomon, the man of peace - 2 Chronicles 1-9
10. Solomon establishes himself - 2 Chronicles 1-2
11. The building of the temple - 2 Chronicles 3-5
12. The dedication prayer - 2 Chronicles 6-7
13. The greatness of Solomon - 2 Chronicles 8-9
Part Four: The kings - 2 Chronicles 10-36
14. Rehoboam and Abijah: the kingdom divided - 2 Chronicles 10-13
15. Asa: the basic pattern - 2 Chronicles 14-16
16. Jehoshaphat: the pastor in his weakness - 2 Chronicles 17-20
17. Jehoram, Ahaziah, Athaliah: near-disaster - 2 Chronicles 21-22
18. Joash and Amaziah: covenant, justice, mercy - 2 Chronicles 23-25
19. Uzziah: the pastor in his strenth - 2 Chronicles 26
20. Jotham and Ahaz: Israel re-emerges - 2 Chronicles 27-28
21. Hezekiah: the kingdom renewed - 2 Chronicles 29-32
22. Manasseh and Amon: God's dealings with the worst of men - 2 Chronicles 33
23. Josiah: the pastor alone - 2 Chronicles 34-35
24. The last kings: war and peace - 2 Chronicles 36
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