What’s in a name?

Written by Kurtis Parks | February 23, 2011 | 1 Chronicles 1 - 5

Well, at first glance, it can seem that 5 chapters of countless names might be a pretty boring read. And if you’re not paying attention to the details, that might certainly ring true. But what I love about these genealogy chapters in 1 Chronicles, are the little stories that follow a few of these names. It’s cool enough to have your name in the Book of all books, and to go down in History as one who shaped the beginnings of mankind, but to have a cool story about you in the Bible takes the cake. However, not all stories are positive.
Check out a few little blurbs from today’s reading, that will forever etch these characters in History!
1. “Cush fathered Nimrod. He was the first on earth to be a mighty man.” (BEAST!!)
2. “Now Er, Judah’s firstborn, was evil in the sight of the Lord, and he put him to death” (ouch!)
3. “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.”

These chapters close out with talking about the tribe of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh who had valiant men, that conquered their enemies in war, because they cried out to the Lord for help. Then, you have the half-tribe of Manasseh break faith with God, and God uses a king of Assyria to take them into exile.
So, my point is this - If YOU were to be written in God’s story, would it be a blurb about a man or woman who was faithful to the Lord, and God prospered you… or would it be a clip about someone who didn’t trust in the Lord and failed to keep the faith?
Food for thought.