“Now the first to dwell again in their possessions in their cities were Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the temple servants …” (9:2). Reviewing Israel’s history, Chronicles reminds us that “Judah was taken exile into Babylon because of their breach of faith” (9:1). However, God brought a remnant out of Babylon, back to the Promised Land – at first, priestly families – and the genealogies of these families were testimonies to God’s faithfulness. Some returned exiles lived in Jerusalem (v3), which had been conquered and destroyed.
Like the Israelites, our own “breach of faith” may bring pain and destruction. But God is compassionate, quick to forgive, and able to repair what is broken.