We have been reading through 1 Chronicles and so far, it is mostly a big list of names. Really difficult names to pronounce, by the way 😉 After the first few chapters, it dawned on me, though, there was a great lesson in these names.
We stressed to our children that genealogies we very important back then- after all, this was a way to remember one’s heritage. Yet, I wanted my children to realize this was more than just a very long reading of very hard to pronounce names–these names all represented actual lives of actual people. And each one must be quite important to be listed in the Bible.
Every name counts. Every person counts. And as I read through these names to my children, it was humbling in a way. Knowing that I was reading a name that represented a life that was lived. And here thousands of years later, our family is recognizing that name and that life.
So even when we get to the difficult parts of the Bible, that quite honestly are sometimes a little tempting to just “skip over,” especially when we can’t pronounce the name, we just keep going, recognizing that every name and every life matters.
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