If you’ve ever read through the Bible, or at least through the Old Testament, you’ve had to deal with 1 Chronicles 1-9. Most people either get bogged down there or skip that portion of Scripture altogether. It’s a literary mud pit, the Biblical equivalent to the dog days of summer. Nine chapters of nothing but names.
Here’s a sampling from chapter 4:
The descendants of Judah: Perez, Hezron, Karmi, Hur and Shobal. Reaiah son of Shobal was the father of Jahath, and Jahath the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These were the clans of the Zorathites.
These were the sons of Etam: Jezreel, Ishma and Idbash. Their sister was named Hazzelelponi. Penuel was the father of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah.
You get the picture. Nine chapters of that. And though it’s the most prominent stretch of wordy doldrums, it’s not the only place it occurs in Scripture.
So what’s the point of all this? Well, there is one, I can assure you of that. And I believe one of the intentions is to show us the importance God puts on people. To God, people matter. Individuals matter. Etam and Ishma and Ezer . . . they matter. YOU matter.
Here’s a little assignment for you. On the next clear night go outside and look up at the sky. Don’t just glance at it, I mean really look at it. See the stars, study the stars, the constellations, the wonderment of the heavens. Or better yet, take a telescope and point it skyward. The glory of the night sky is rivaled by little in God’s creation.
But do you know what God has to say about all those stars? Genesis 1:16 says, “He also made the stars.”
An afterthought. Nine chapters (and more) of names, people, individuals; five words about the stars.
See, you are the crown jewel of God’s creation. You. Compared to you, the beauties of the heavens, those stars sprinkled across the night sky like diamond chips . . . they’re an afterthought.
It’s as if God is crossing the expanse of eternity to reach down and take your hand and say, “I love you. You have incredible worth to me because I created you. YOU. Oh yeah, and I made the stars also.”
Do you struggle with self-worth? What reminds you of the love God has for you? Of the worth he places on you?
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