Several months ago, I began reading the chronological version of the Bible. As you probably know, it’s the sequential or linear version which sets the parts of the Bible in the order in which they occurred. It’s quite interesting.
But when I got to 1Chronicles 23 – 25, I ran into trouble. I listened to the narrated version. The man whose voice I heard should receive a gold metal and be well paid for the project.
There must’ve been well over a hundred Hebrew names in those three chapters, most I would have no idea how to pronounce. That morning while listening to the chapters, I started tapping my toe, twirling my hair, and looking out the window. Look up the chapters and see for yourself.
Then I stopped to think. These chapters are in God’s word, the Bible. God saw to it they were there. I mean no disrespect when I say only a historian or genealogist would find this portion interesting. So, I prayed, “Lord, why are these chapters here?”
I can’t guarantee that this was His answer or merely my speculation, but it came to me. The people named are but a minute representation of all the people who’ve lived on the earth and who ever will reside here. It was tedious for me to hear their names, but what about God? He knows all our names. He loved these Jewish people, and He loves all of us. Mind boggling. Our God is a great God.
“Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite. Psalm 147:5