Today’s Text: First Chronicles 1-4
Key Text: First Chronicles 2:1-2
“These were the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad and Asher.”
It’s one of those sections of scripture you might be tempted to skip over – this long, long genealogical list.
“So and so begat so and so…” and so on, and so on, and so on.
Don’t jump over it too quickly though.
It reminds us of the importance of family, of history, of tradition.
It tells us, if we dig into the details elsewhere in scripture, of the ups and downs of a people’s life of faith.
It causes us to ponder how the great story of God in relation to the world He created is one that is spelled out in the very real daily lives of real people – some great – some anything but great.
It might even make us wonder a bit – how do I fit into this panorama of lives?
Nations come and nations go, so do families, so do individual lives.
Through it all, though, the living God who created it all watches, and loves, and judges, and guides, and calls us forth to…our unique destiny…our part in the story.
So, don’t skip over the list of names too quickly. Give them at least a passing glance.
After all, your name is hidden there somewhere too – your story – your destiny – your life of faith – however and whenever it unfolds.