“What a waste!” That’s the common response of a novice when the Chronicles are opened. At first glance, the books seem boring, tedious, and needless. Even after wading through nine chapters of genealogies, the remaining sections appear redundant and dry—a little like spending the afternoon reading telephone listings or searching the holdings of your public library. But God preserved these books. With meticulous care, He watched over their composition and preservation. To bore us? Never! Somehow, He is pleased to have this account on record for reasons not obvious to most. In this study, we shall discover how essential these incidentals really are.