Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Who's in your family tree?

Chronicle - a record or narrative description of past events.

We are in the BOOK of Chronicles, chapters 7-9. It is a record of the family tree of Israel. Most of it drones on... Sometimes there is a tidbit of interest.

So this one family had sons, and among the sons were two cattle thieves! Dangerous profession, even if exciting and lucrative. Sure enough, they were on a raid and got killed! Dad mourns his two thieving sons... It's all in the Bible!

20 -24 "The sons of Ephraim were Shuthelah, Bered his son... Ezer and Elead, cattle-rustlers, killed on one of their raids by the natives of Gath. Their father Ephraim grieved a long time and his family gathered to give him comfort."

I think I would rather be remembered in the Bible as the following family:

"These were Asher's sons, all of them responsible, excellent in character, and brave in battle—good leaders."

Or there is the dude called Shaharaim. (Lookin' for a name for your soon to be born son? Maybe pass on this one) He had some family problems.

8 -12 "In the land of Moab, Shaharaim had children after he divorced his wives Hushim and Baara. From his new wife Hodesh he had Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam, Jeuz, Sakia, and Mirmah—sons who became heads of families. From his earlier wife Hushim he had Abitub and Elpaal. Elpaal's sons were Eber, Misham, and Shemed, who built Ono and Lod with all their villages."

There were the preachers and pastors...

10 -13 "From the company of priests there were Jedaiah... the son the son of Ahitub, who was in charge of taking care of the house of God; Adaiah son of Jeroham... The priests, all of them heads of families, numbered 1,760, skilled and seasoned servants in the work of worshiping God."

Worship leaders...

33 -34 "And then there were the musicians, all heads of Levite families. They had permanent living quarters in The Temple; because they were on twenty-four-hour duty, they were exempt from all other duties. These were the heads of Levite families as designated in their family tree. They lived in Jerusalem."

And the passage ends with Saul's final epitaph:

Here lies Saul, first king of Israel.
13 -14 "Saul died in disobedience, disobedient to God. He didn't obey God's words. Instead of praying, he went to a witch to seek guidance. Because he didn't go to God for help, God took his life and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse."

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