Alrighty, so today’s reading is a bunch of names…in fact, the readings from Chronicles over the next several days are all genealogies from the 12 tribes and the Levites. Thankfully, there are some Psalms in the mix as well to break up the lists.
As I mentioned back in Numbers, these lists aren’t really pertinent to any sort of spiritual theme. If you carefully study them, you can find where certain characters involved in the Biblical narrative came from in terms of family tree, and as you read these sections you should be paying attention to any footnote type additions. There are sometimes small editorial comments that can be quite pertinent to our own spiritual growth, but you must be a careful reader to find them.
My only other comment to make about these readings is to say that names are important to God. I don’t mean that in the sort of sentimental way that we evangelicals often portray it. Yes, God knows each of our names and is intimately aware of who we are and has deep affection for us. But there is more to names than just that. In Old Testament times names had meaning, they were used to not only identify a person or a place but to characterize it and define it. That’s why Abram’s name was changed, that’s why Jesus means God saves, that’s why Hosea names his children certain ways (we’ll get there, don’t worry). God knows us intimately enough to give us a name that truly defines who we are. In fact, Revelation 2 tells us that when we get to heaven God will give us a new name that only he knows. There’s lots of theology around that, but we’ll simplify it that way for now.
Don’t get discouraged by the names. Skim through them, see if any names pop out as important, read the narrative notes throughout, and enjoy the Psalms!
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Psalm 43-45, 49, 84-85, 87