1 Chronicles 3:10-24 – It’s Never Too Late: God Patiently Waits

Posted: November 26, 2019 in 13-1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 3:10-24

Descendants of Solomon

To my daughter, Taylor: This one’s for you. Sure, I am disappointed in the path that you have consistently chosen in life. I will not deny that. You had and still have the potential for so much more than the hand to mouth existence that you have chosen for your life to this point. You are one of the smartest people that I know. I have often said that of our little remnant of a family unit (me, you and your sister) that you are probably smarter than your sister and your dad put together. Even with our degrees, you have a high degree of just natural intelligence. Where your sister and your dad have to study hard to capture concepts in our brains, it has so often come to you easily, without effort. You have the quickest wit of anyone I know. You can roll off witty quips without thinking whereas I often am like a second or two behind you with the quip or the sarcastic comedic remark. You are incredibly funny.

The thing that disheartens me is what could have been for you. The thing that makes my heart ache is I know what you are capable of. The choices though. The choices. They have taken you down paths that I bet 10 years ago you would not have expected your life to go down. The thing that keeps me awake at night at times is wondering what could have been and, often, whether I will get “the call” this night. The call that will tell me of some jam you have yourself in and I will have to show you tough love. The call that will tell me that your life ended way too soon. I sit awake at times wondering what that may feel like so that I can be prepared for the second option described just now about “the call.” What if that happens? What will I feel? Will you have had the chance to turn your life over to and in submission to a Savior, Jesus Christ? Will I be dogged by that question if I get “the call”?

The thing that I know and frustrates me sometimes is that no matter what you do, I still love you. There is always the hope that there will be that moment of realization that you don’t want to live your life the way you are living it now. There is always hope that you will find salvation and seek His help in chasing your demons away. There is always hope that you will turn it all around, through Christ, and reclaim your potential and be able to turn your mess into a message, a message of redemption, a message of reclamation. There is always hope.

That’s the rush that came over me this morning when I was researching this passage, another genealogy in the first 9 chapters of 1 Chronicles. This one, 1 Chronicle 3:10-24, is about the descendants of Solomon. The thing that struck me is that God was so ever patient with His chosen people. He was so ever hopeful of His people to return unto Him. Even in the things that He showed tough love to them (by allowing the gradual reduction of influence and eventual conquering of Israel), there was a maintaining of the promise of hope of the messianic line. There was always hope. There was always a hope of the restoration of God’s people.

The way God was with Israel with His hope and the way I am with my own daughter with my hope, it is the very same with God when it comes to each one of us. There is always the hope that we will return unto Him. He is ever patient. He wants to return to Him. He knows our potential when we are fully in Him. He aches for us to return to Him and find our true potential. Let’s read the passage now:

10 The descendants of Solomon were Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa, Jehoshaphat, 11 Jehoram,[a] Ahaziah, Joash, 12 Amaziah, Uzziah,[b] Jotham, 13 Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, 14 Amon, and Josiah.

15 The sons of Josiah were Johanan (the oldest), Jehoiakim (the second), Zedekiah (the third), and Jehoahaz[c] (the fourth).

16 The successors of Jehoiakim were his son Jehoiachin and his brother Zedekiah.[d]

17 The sons of Jehoiachin,[e] who was taken prisoner by the Babylonians, were Shealtiel, 18 Malkiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah.

19 The sons of Pedaiah were Zerubbabel and Shimei.

The sons of Zerubbabel were Meshullam and Hananiah. (Their sister was Shelomith.) 20 His five other sons were Hashubah, Ohel, Berekiah, Hasadiah, and Jushab-hesed.

21 The sons of Hananiah were Pelatiah and Jeshaiah. Jeshaiah’s son was Rephaiah. Rephaiah’s son was Arnan. Arnan’s son was Obadiah. Obadiah’s son was Shecaniah.

22 The descendants of Shecaniah were Shemaiah and his sons, Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah, and Shaphat—six in all.

23 The sons of Neariah were Elioenai, Hizkiah, and Azrikam—three in all.

24 The sons of Elioenai were Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah, and Anani—seven in all.

The line of royal descent from David, is now rapidly carried down in these verses—first, as far as good King Josiah, sixteen generations in all (omitting, quite consistently, Athalia, who reigned by her own usurpation for six years on the death of her son Azariah); and then, by four successions (two brothers, sons of Josiah, and a grandson and great-grandson of Josiah), to the Captivity. It is especially worthy of notice that, according to his promise, God preserved the Davidic line among all the changes through which the kingdom of Judah passed; and this became a public testimony to the Divine faithfulness, and a constant plea against them when they publicly broke their side of the conditions of the national covenant.

In a sermon online about this passage by R. Tuck, he states, “For some of the kings of Judah were rebellious and idolatrous; some, as, for instance, Ahaz and Manasseh, so very bad that we marvel at the mercy which held back judgment on the Davidic dynasty. Exactly what we have ever to wonder over is the Divine long-suffering towards us, towards his Church, towards men. God is infinitely protective of the honor of his Name as the Promise-maker and the Promise-keeper, and we may even think of God as infinitely hopeful concerning his people, waiting on and on, bearing long with them, quite sure that they will yet turn to him and live. But every new impression of God’s patient mercy made upon our hearts only shows up the more hatefully our sin in keeping on and ‘despising the riches of his mercy.’”

God will never abandon us. He is the Father in the Prodigal Son in the parable. He is the dad who waits, hopes, and prays for a child to find their way to Jesus and to find their true potential when it is not clouded by the demons of the soul covered up by addiction. God waits. He is patient. It is never too late. He keeps His promises of redemption through Jesus Christ. God is our Father who hopes with every passing second that we will find our way to Him. God is patient with all of us til we come to that moment in life where we get sick and tired of being sick and tired and say, “I want something more than this!” God is long-suffering. God is patient. It is never too late to come to Him. Just as the father in the prodigal son parable looks out in the distance for his son, so, too, does God look out over the horizon for you to come home to Him. He always hopes. He is patient to forgive. He waits for you to make your decision to come to Him.

Amen and Amen.

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