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The Famous, the Infamous, and the Forgotten

Today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 4:24-5:26

My selection: I Chronicles 5:1-3

The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s couch, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel, so that he could not be enrolled as the oldest son; 2 though Judah became strong among his brothers and a chief came from him, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph), 3 the sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.

My reflections: Reading through the genealogy reminds me of the passing of the generations and, I ask, “what remains?” Some are the famous, like Caleb or Jabez. There are the infamous, like Reuben. There are the forgotten, their only claim to fame being that they were in the lineage somewhere.

But the descendants of the famous are not commended for what their ancestors did centuries before. There is a false sense of entitlement to one who says “Caleb was my great, great, great-grandfather.” Neither are the descendants of the infamous more despicable because their ancestor was notorious. Those whose names are merely mentioned, who we skim over without being sure how to pronounce them, may be forgotten by us but not by God.

Those who are saved are saved by grace through faith not a result of works so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8,9) History marches on leaving a trail of bones behind but God is able to save to the uttermost whoever comes to Him through our great High Priest, Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 7:25)

My challenge: If you trust in Christ, God knows you. Rejoice in your standing before Him, whatever your human heritage. “The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, He knows those who take refuge in Him” (Nahum 1:7). Be content. It is enough to be known by God.

Tomorrow’s reading: 1 Chronicles 6:1-7:5

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