April 30, 2017

April 30, 2017


Focus Verse: The sons of Shem were Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, Aram, Uz, Hul, Gether and Meshech. Arpachshad became the father of Shelah and Shelah became the father of Eber. Two sons were born to Eber, the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother’s name was Joktan. Joktan became the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Ebal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan.
1 Chronicles 1:17-23


What an exhilarating reading today! 1 Chronicles starts with nothing but genealogies and names. As I was reading through I started to pray in a little bit of a panic: “God, what am I going to write about today? Please give me some incredible insight on one of these names so I can tell someone’s story. Or should I just skip today since there isn’t really anything to write about?”


Then, in the way He typically does, God downloaded the sweetest illustration for me: “Your name matters.” As we read through these genealogies we can tend to get into the realm of, “God, why do any of these names matter?” To which God responds, “Every name matters to Me.”


And then He hit me with the real truth brick upside the head with this one: There will come a day when we will have the opportunity to read another book that I believe will be just as sweet to us as the Word of God. This book is called the Lamb’s Book of Life and can be found in Revelation 21:27. This entire book will be like this passage from 1 Chronicles, yet we will find it riveting. I can imagine it would be hard to put a book like that down; a book with all of the names of those who have been saved by the grace and power of Jesus Christ; our brothers and sisters, all part of our glorious family, the body and bride of Christ.


That will be a list of names worth reading! Especially when each of us gets to the point in the story where our name is recorded and God reminds us that our name has always mattered to Him.

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