Men who fail morally leave just as much of a legacy as those who live nobly. The chronicler highlights the legacy of the Jacob's sons. In 1 Chronicles 5 he mentions:
In chapter 6 the chronicler traces Aaron's lineage. It is during Hilkiah's service that the Book of the Law is discovered in the temple. Perhaps this lineage is intended to remind readers that many of the priests have failed miserably to teach the Law and to serve faithfully in the Temple.
Chapter 7 begins with Issachar's descendants and includes those of Benjamin, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, Asher:
Chapter 8 records polygamy in Benjamin's lineage, as well as a son named "Baal". The Benjaminites produce Israel's first king (who is a disappointment) and many men of valor.
This commentary reveals several important truths about life and legacies:
What attitude preceded the victories experienced by the tribes east of the Jordan? What does this reveal about God?
What do the genealogies of the different tribes share in common? What does this reveal about life in Israel during the time of the Judges, the Kingdom and Divided Kingdom?
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