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Family Name • Jack Flaherty

Posted: August 23, 2016

Recently I have been reading in the Old Testament. It has been amazing to revisit stories I learned as a child and be reminded of the awesome power and grace of God. God’s Word is the story of His love for humanity and the plan to redeem us from our sins. It says in Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” God knew before the beginning of the World He would send Jesus, so we may be adopted into His family—wow!

Families are important to God. In fact, He took the time to add another cool thing in the Old Testament—genealogies. I know most people don’t enjoy stumbling through chapter after chapter of names that are difficult to pronounce. However, as 2 Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture is God-breathed and profitable.” This includes these lists of names.

Genealogies are useful for more than just picking out baby names (just ask my wife). It's interesting to look at the side comments made about some of these people. Many just get the standard “So-and-so from Somewhere, Son of Whats-his-name," but others include brief descriptions. For example, 1 Chronicles 5:24-25 says house leaders from the half tribe of Manasseh “broke faith with the God of their fathers and whored after gods of the peoples of the land.” Also, 1 Chronicles 1:10 notes that Nimrod became the first "mighty man" before the Lord. In God’s Word, these people are forever commemorated by a phrase that gives some context about who they were, where they were from, and what they stood for.

How do you and I want to be remembered? Are we living in a way that our legacy would be more than just a name? Most importantly, would we be listed as a son or daughter in God's family? Let’s examine our lives to make sure Christ is Lord and pursue holy living so our names may bring glory to God!