When the Chroniclers retold the history of Israel and Judah in the 5th century BC, they had gained perspective on their place in the world. Rather than simply reporting the facts, they take the time to demonstrate that God was using them as messengers to a world without hope. The themes of community and worship ripple through every narrative, even as they tell the story of their failure to stay true. The benefit of perspective allowed them to see what they had lost, but also to see what they could do to restore their relationship with God.
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