1 Chronicles 1-8 Names Are Known

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Please read 1 Chronicles 1-8.

Reading a list of names is usually a very boring, dry thing to read for most people. This becomes especially true when one does not know the majority of people and do not see any connection with the people.

The majority of people do not really know their genealogy, nor care about it a whole lot. They know their immediate parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and maybe cousins. Beyond those people they do not know very many.

A major reason for not knowing those names is that they have never met most of the rest in their genealogy. Some people, however, dig into the past, writing up their entire genealogy for several hundred years or more.

In this passage the writer lists the names of fathers and sons from the time of Adam until the time of Benjamin, covering several thousand years of generations of people. As one reads this passage it is very repetitive, so and so is the son of so and so, and so and so is the son of so and so, on and on for eight chapters. One often wonders why God had this put in this long list.

Most of the names in this long list are names of people that there is no longer any mention of them in the Bible anywhere. There are in a sense a bunch of nobodies, unknowns. Yet, God chose to put their names on this list. God is concerned about everyone, whether famous or not.

Along with seeing this list, one can see a line of connection from Adam all the way to Benjamin. There is a thread that is being formed, that will also continue on for eternity.

Knowing that there is this connection and knowing that God is concerned about every person, can give one peace of mind. Although that list stops in the eighth chapter, it has not ended in reality. Several thousand years later Jesus was added to that list.

As a believer you are also a part of that genealogy. God knows your name and has it written down in the history books of heaven. You may not be someone very important in the eyes of this world, but you are important to God. He wants to have you in His genealogy list of His family.

God knows all the names of the stars, He also knows your name. Rest in peace knowing you are in His family for eternity.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know that God knows your name; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; and that you will know how important you are to God. 

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1 Chronicles 1-9 Nobodies, But Important Somebodies

Please read 1 Chronicles 1-9.

This is a book that starts out with the genealogies of the people of Israel. It starts out with Noah, who, with his family, was the only one on the earth after the flood, and goes all the way to Saul. It reads that someone was the son of someone, or that someone was the father of someone.

For most people it is a very dry boring read. Many people even skip over reading it. Reading it is even more difficult, when most people cannot even begin to pronounce even half of the names recorded. Then comes the big question as to why would God want a person to read this long list of people being born? What is the purpose?

Most of the people listed in these chapters are what could be called a “nobody”. They are no one really important and did not do any great earth-shattering thing in their life. This is the only place in the Bible that many of the men named here are named at all. They were just ordinary, simple hard-working men.

The important thing about each of these men is that they were included with the plans of God. Although many of these men did not serve God or honor Him with their lives, God still had them in His plan for the entire world. Although it is not shown here, some of these men were the great ancestors of Jesus. They were somebody important, even though during their time, they were not really anyone important.

How does that affect you today?

If you are like most people, you are not somebody who has a major influence with millions of people around the world. Your sphere of influence is very limited. You may even feel like it is just you and your family.

Regardless of your level of influence according to this world’s standards, you are in God’s hands and His plans. He has a job for you to do. His plan for you is in helping to build the greatest kingdom this world has ever seen–God’s kingdom. This kingdom will last for all eternity, not just a few thousand years at best.

You are somebody important. God sent His son to die for you so that you could be called His son and be a part of His family.

Be encouraged today that you are really someone important. You are important to the One who created everything and holds everything together. You are not just a somebody, but God’s child.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will know how much God loves you; that you will know that you are a child of God; that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; and that you will be God’s witness in this world.

 

1 Timothy 1:3-4 Controversial Conversations

“As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work–which is by faith.” 1 Timothy 1:3-4

Evidently some people in Ephesus were teaching false doctrine and debating myths and genealogies. Paul tells Timothy to stay and command the people not to do these things. It was not just an urging or asking, but a command to stop.

People have their own personal beliefs on many different things. Many will have an extreme interest in one subject or another. There are some who know every little bit of information about the Star Wars movies before they even come out. They can tell you the who, what, why, where, and when of every movie.

Others can tell you all about a singer or group, or maybe some television show. Still others love to debate politics and what should or should not be done. Some, in the church, will debate (argue) various doctrines.

When people talk about these various things, they will hold very strongly to what they believe. They focus most of their time on that subject. It is all they talk about.

The problem is that often it creates controversy, especially in politics and doctrine. These studies and talks do not promote Jesus and salvation. It is not putting God’s work first. It does not advance the kingdom of God at all.

Devoting yourself to any of these things or something else that is not of God, is a waste of time and effort. These things are meaningless.

Why spend your time studying every detail of a movie? Or debating what should or should not be done in politics?

Take the time to tell people about Jesus. Talk about what God has done in your life. The details of the Bible are so vast that you could study them a lifetime and still not know it all. God’s love is so great you could give a speech for eternity describing it.

Think about what your conversations are about. Do they promote Jesus? Or do they promote the things of this world?

I pray today that God will be a part of all of your talk; that your talk will promote the kingdom of God; that your conversations will point people to Jesus; and that many people will see Jesus through you.