The purpose of the book of Chronicles is to create an identity document for the Hebrews post-exile. It is the last book of their Bible. You may notice, it’s not identical to Samuel and Kings, because different thinks are purposed to be emphasized. The flaws of the good kings will be glossed over, their strengths underlined.
When they’re coming home run down, and trying to be hopeful about a Messiah, the sins which led them into exile will be mentioned; but not with all the painful details previously mentioned.
What do I notice about them from the beginning? This line of people starts at the beginning with Adam. When we reach Eber, something happens: The Tower of Babel.
“Two sons were born to Eber, the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother’s name was Joktan.” (1:19)
Why is their language Hebrew, different from their neighbors and former captors? Because their father Eber started his own family after Babel.
How are they related/not related to their neighbors?
“The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan… Canaan became the father of Sidon, his firstborn, Heth, and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, the Arvadites, the Zemarites and the Hamathites.” (1:8, 13-16)
This is a generalized jogging of the memory. To Chronicle their history.
In seasons of rebuilding, what are the parts of your story worth reviewing?