The first 10 chapters of Chronicles are devoted to genealogies, and it can be a labor to get through. But, at the beginning of chapter 9, we get a glimpse of what is in store for the Israelites. Verse 1 reads:
So all Israel was recorded in genealogies, and these are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel. And Judah was taken into exile in Babylon because of their breach of faith.
It goes on to name those who returned from exile, but what this verse reminds me of is that there are consequences for our sins, even if we are already part of the family of God. Judah was special among the Jews. The Bible makes no effort to hide the fact that from Judah would come the one who redeems God’s people. Yet this chosen line is not immune to the effects of sin, and they paid dearly for their “breach of faith.”
I think this is something that we all need to remember. Yes, there is absolutely no condemnation for those who are in Christ, but our sinful actions create painful results now, and sometimes, those results are devastating. In those times, we must continue to rest in God, for He does not leave us every time we sin and return every time we do what is right. If we are in Christ, God is always with us, constantly forgiving our many sins, even when those sins have dire consequences in this life.
The good news is that Judah returned to the promised land and rebuilt the nation. They did not suffer in exile forever. And neither will we. Christ is coming to bring us out of exile and into His promised rest, where there will be no consequences for sin because there will be no sin. And we will live in the eternal promised land with our God forever, free from sin and free from death.