Day 91—Latest Blog Post EVER—“Working Genealogy” 1 Chronicles 1:1 – 9:44
April 1, 2021, 10:43 PM

Day 91—Latest Blog Post EVER—“Working Genealogy” 1 Chronicles 1:1 – 9:44

[First—my apologies! Holy Week does not allow me much freedom for writing or doing anything other than, well, Holy Week!]

How many of you know your heritage? How many of you know stories about your grandparents or even great-grandparents? One person recently texted me that one of her relatives—perhaps a great uncle or cousin?—was one of the great Adirondack hermits. That was fascinating to me!

Knowing where we come from, and who we come from, tells us a lot about who we are and perhaps even why we are the way we are.

Or maybe you’ve done DNA tests to find out what your ethnicities are. This is usually plural for most of us because we are a blend of cultures and countries. WE look for explanations about our personality or characters when we hear that we are 60% Italian “Oh, that’s why I love to cook!” or 40% Romanian Gypsy or 10% German or Austrian or English.

Our heritage matters to us a great deal, and it was especially important to the Israelites, God’s chosen people. Heritage for the Israelites meant inclusion in the kingdom plan of God, and it often meant that specific gifts, jobs or lands that were given to a family groups would be handed down to their descendants.

This was of essential importance when the Israelites came back to resettle the Southern Kingdom after being exiled. When we get to chapter 9, we read about family names of those people who returned to Jerusalem after the exile. The list was not long, as you will see.

The Levitical families from chapter 9 clearly demonstrate the importance of genealogy for a specific purpose—to serve as gatekeepers, or treasure guards, or were commissioned to be in charge of utensils used in the tent of meeting (think sacrifice), or the preparation of the spices, or even as singers.

The Israelites were meticulous record keepers because these responsibilities mattered so much to them and they believed that these jobs and titles were conferred by God, especially those responsibilities that involved attending to the Tent of Meeting or the Temple. These lists became like treasure to historians and students of the Old Testament, but they may not really grab our attention.

So full disclosure-- I did NOT read this information closely. I skimmed the names to check in with names that were familiar, and I paid special attention to the priestly families, but I found, particularly today, that my attention was not engaged by reading the list of names, so I allowed myself to give the list a cursory look, knowing that there are even more names tomorrow to engage with.

I thought the contemplation captured something, however, when it asked this question:

Have I recognized my own place in the line of humanity that stretches back to the creation story?

Imagine our own history, planned by God, useful for God’s purposes, known by God through all the generations of our family from well-before we were even a glint or a glimmer in someone’s eyes. God knows our story, knows our purpose, knows our challenges and gifts, and he is aware of all that we are capable of accomplishing.

What would our genealogy say about us if someone were to read it thousands of years later? Would it reflect our deep connection and service to the God who loves us?

Be blessed and be a blessing to others,

ML

 



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04-02-2021 at 3:04 PM
Joyce Caputo
God knows our story, knows our purpose, knows our challenges and gifts, and he is aware of all that we are capable of accomplishing. Through these readings, I have become more aware of God knowing about me—- my thoughts, my actions, my joys, and my sorrows,
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