Laurence Overmire—author, poet, genealogist, and descendant of several Mayflower passengers— dedicated two decades to tracing his family’s history. In his book, One Immigrant’s Legacy, he writes: "History remembers only the celebrated, genealogy remembers them all."
After their return from the Babylonian captivity, the Jewish people had their genealogies preserved: All the tribes and families and all the names were recorded in the book of 1 Chronicles. As we study this Old Testament book this month, we’ll see that these mostly obscure names helped the Jewish people preserve their history and know who they are as the people of God. They will also help us trace the earthly pedigree of our Lord Jesus Christ—to David, Judah, Abraham, and Adam—in fulfillment of what the prophets said about the coming Messiah.
This month we will also follow the ups and downs in the life of one person—the famous King David. We’ll learn about his victories and failures, his love for God and desire to worship the Lord with all his heart, soul, and strength. We’ll marvel at the way God used David to change history. You may not feel as important and mighty as King David, but the same God who guided the king’s life, guides yours. He is the God of history, and your life is interwoven in His story.
—Elena Mafter, Senior Editor