Do you know who you are?

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. Matthew 1:1-17 KJV

Here in Matthew we see who Jesus is and in today’s reading we see who each of the twelve tribes are as well as a review of the distant relatives around them. Do you know who you are?

Dear Heavenly Father – As always, please open eye to see and our ears to hear what you are saying! Lord – open our understanding that we may know you. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the book of First Chronicles, chapters 1-2 (embedded below for your convenience). As we see in today’s reading, they have grown so big and even had their first king – so now it is time to hire a chronicler to keep track of it all for future generations.  They knew who they were and made sure the future understood that it is important to understand.

If you are from a traditional Jewish home you probably have someone in the family who still maintains the family tree.  I am a gentile and there are a few in my family who keep track and have a hobby of trying to fill in the missing pieces and one person has even formed a social media group to keep in touch and keep track. But here in the book of Chronicles and in the book of Matthew, they were not just keeping track for family tree drawings and social media groups.
“Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations” Genesis 17:4 ESV
They were keeping track of God’s answer to the promise to Abraham. And when the chronicler began chronicling we see the fulfillment of this promise (what a great way to begin a chronical!) – But God made more promises to the people, like the promise of the messiah, to come through David’s blood line and that us gentiles can also be saved and worship the one true and living God. 

Let me pause and insert some scholarly facts for those who like them – It is traditionally believed that Ezra was actually the one who recorded the chronicles in writing and in chronological order, Ezra wasn’t born yet. Genealogies would have been recited orally and children would be made to memorize their genealogies.  They would have had a few people assigned to the task of chronicling because nations do that. Probably many other records were written and didn’t survive – but we do have first and second Kings (more on that when we get there). Whatever the case, anthropologist and archeologist generally agree that first and second Chronicles are historical books (one book that took up 2 scrolls).

How can a person or a nation be confident in who they are when they do not know who they are? How can we? Let us take a quick look at who God says we are – and let us make it personal! So let’s declare today who “I am”!

I am intentionally created by God exactly the way I am:
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13-14 ESV

I am the temple of the Most Holy One and the Spirit of the Living God Lives in me:
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” 1 Cor. 3:16-17 ESV

I am a Child of God:
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,” John 1:12 ESV

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 ESV

I am a new creature:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17 ESV

I am a citizen of Heaven:
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,” Phil. 3:20 ESV

I am more than conquerors:
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37 ESV

Come on now – you listening to this? Are you making it personal?! Let us end this week strong!!!!

I am Justified!!! I have peace!
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 ESV

I AM REDEEMED & FORGIVEN!!!
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,” Ephesians 1:7 ESV

I AM A FOOLISH THING!!!
“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;” 1 Cor. 1:27 ESV
I have Asperger’s Syndrome, I have other “disabilities”, and I had a really bad sin problem – and look how God is using it! I am not the person you would have picked to read and follow – But God and His grace has me here sharing and explaining His words! I am a foolish thing, not qualified by the world standards but made for such a time as this!

The genealogy above proves that fulfilled the prophecy that the Christ would come from David’s bloodline – however the other verses above declare the fulfillment of the Messiah’s mission in transforming me for His glory! That has now become my DNA symbolically, my genealogy, and my “who I am”.

And if anyone tries to say I am something different, I can reply: “IT IS WRITTEN, I AM…”

Are you? Do you have a relationship with God? Please read the next section if your answer is “no” or “I do not know”.

RELATIONSHIP:
Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

MEMORY WORK: Hebrews 2:14 – Jesus defeated the devil!
NKJV – “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,”
NAS – “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, so that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,”
ESV – “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,”
NLT – “Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.”
NIV – “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil”

Thank you for reading.
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

BIBLE READING: 1 Chronicles 1-2 NKJV

The Family of Adam—Seth to Abraham

Adam, Seth, Enosh, Cainan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah,[a] Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, [b]Diphath, and Togarmah. The sons of Javan were Elishah, [c]Tarshishah, Kittim, and [d]Rodanim.

The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. The sons of Cush were Seba, Havilah, [e]Sabta, [f]Raama, and Sabtecha. The sons of Raama were Sheba and Dedan. 10 Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. 11 Mizraim begot Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, 12 Pathrusim, Casluhim (from whom came the Philistines and the Caphtorim). 13 Canaan begot Sidon, his firstborn, and Heth; 14 the Jebusite, the Amorite, and the Girgashite; 15 the Hivite, the Arkite, and the Sinite; 16 the Arvadite, the Zemarite, and the Hamathite.

17 The sons of Shem were Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, Aram, Uz, Hul, Gether, and [g]Meshech. 18 Arphaxad begot Shelah, and Shelah begot Eber. 19 To Eber were born two sons: the name of one was [h]Peleg, for in his days the [i]earth was divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan. 20 Joktan begot Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 21 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 22 [j]Ebal, Abimael, Sheba, 23 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. All these were the sons of Joktan.

24 Shem, Arphaxad, Shelah, 25 Eber, Peleg, Reu, 26 Serug, Nahor, Terah, 27 and Abram, who is Abraham. 28 The sons of Abraham were Isaac and Ishmael.

The Family of Ishmael

29 These are their genealogies: The firstborn of Ishmael was Nebajoth; then Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 30 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, [k]Hadad, Tema, 31 Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. These were the sons of Ishmael.

The Family of Keturah

32 Now the sons born to Keturah, Abraham’s concubine, were Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. The sons of Jokshan were Sheba and Dedan. 33 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.

The Family of Isaac

34 And Abraham begot Isaac. The sons of Isaac were Esau and Israel. 35 The sons of Esau were Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jaalam, and Korah. 36 And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, [l]Zephi, Gatam, and Kenaz; and by Timna, Amalek. 37 The sons of Reuel were Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.

The Family of Seir

38 The sons of Seir were Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. 39 And the sons of Lotan were Hori and [m]Homam; Lotan’s sister was Timna. 40 The sons of Shobal were [n]Alian, Manahath, Ebal, [o]Shephi, and Onam. The sons of Zibeon were Ajah and Anah. 41 The son of Anah was Dishon. The sons of Dishon were [p]Hamran, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran. 42 The sons of Ezer were Bilhan, Zaavan, and [q]Jaakan. The sons of Dishan were Uz and Aran.

The Kings of Edom

43 Now these were the kings who reigned in the land of Edom before a king reigned over the children of Israel: Bela the son of Beor, and the name of his city was Dinhabah. 44 And when Bela died, Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his place. 45 When Jobab died, Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his place. 46 And when Husham died, Hadad the son of Bedad, who [r]attacked Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his place. The name of his city was Avith. 47 When Hadad died, Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his place. 48 And when Samlah died, Saul of Rehoboth-by-the-River reigned in his place. 49 When Saul died, Baal-Hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his place. 50 And when Baal-Hanan died, [s]Hadad reigned in his place; and the name of his city was [t]Pai. His wife’s name was Mehetabel the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab. 51 Hadad died also. And the chiefs of Edom were Chief Timnah, Chief [u]Aliah, Chief Jetheth, 52 Chief Aholibamah, Chief Elah, Chief Pinon, 53 Chief Kenaz, Chief Teman, Chief Mibzar, 54 Chief Magdiel, and Chief Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom.

The Family of Israel

These were the sons of [v]Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

From Judah to David

The sons of Judah were Er, Onan, and Shelah. These three were born to him by the daughter of Shua, the Canaanitess. Er, the firstborn of Judah, was wicked in the sight of the Lord; so He killed him. And Tamar, his daughter-in-law, bore him Perez and Zerah. All the sons of Judah were five.

The sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul. The sons of Zerah were [w]Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and [x]Dara—five of them in all.

The son of Carmi was [y]Achar, the troubler of Israel, who transgressed in the accursed[z] thing.

The son of Ethan was Azariah.

Also the sons of Hezron who were born to him were Jerahmeel, [aa]Ram, and [ab]Chelubai. 10 Ram begot Amminadab, and Amminadab begot Nahshon, leader of the children of Judah; 11 Nahshon begot [ac]Salma, and Salma begot Boaz; 12 Boaz begot Obed, and Obed begot Jesse; 13 Jesse begot Eliab his firstborn, Abinadab the second, [ad]Shimea the third, 14 Nethanel the fourth, Raddai the fifth, 15 Ozem the sixth, and David the seventh.

16 Now their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. And the sons of Zeruiah were Abishai, Joab, and Asahel—three. 17 Abigail bore Amasa; and the father of Amasa was [ae]Jether the Ishmaelite.

The Family of Hezron

18 Caleb the son of Hezron had children by Azubah, his wife, and by Jerioth. Now these were her sons: Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon. 19 When Azubah died, Caleb [af]took Ephrath[ag] as his wife, who bore him Hur. 20 And Hur begot Uri, and Uri begot Bezalel.

21 Now afterward Hezron went in to the daughter of Machir the father of Gilead, whom he married when he was sixty years old; and she bore him Segub. 22 Segub begot Jair,[ah] who had twenty-three cities in the land of Gilead. 23 (Geshur and Syria took from them the towns of Jair, with Kenath and its towns—sixty towns.) All these belonged to the sons of Machir the father of Gilead. 24 After Hezron died in Caleb Ephrathah, Hezron’s wife Abijah bore him Ashhur the father of Tekoa.

The Family of Jerahmeel

25 The sons of Jerahmeel, the firstborn of Hezron, were Ram, the firstborn, and Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah. 26 Jerahmeel had another wife, whose name was Atarah; she was the mother of Onam. 27 The sons of Ram, the firstborn of Jerahmeel, were Maaz, Jamin, and Eker. 28 The sons of Onam were Shammai and Jada. The sons of Shammai were Nadab and Abishur.

29 And the name of the wife of Abishur was Abihail, and she bore him Ahban and Molid. 30 The sons of Nadab were Seled and Appaim; Seled died without children. 31 The son of Appaim was Ishi, the son of Ishi was Sheshan, and Sheshan’s son was Ahlai. 32 The sons of Jada, the brother of Shammai, were Jether and Jonathan; Jether died without children. 33 The sons of Jonathan were Peleth and Zaza. These were the sons of Jerahmeel.

34 Now Sheshan had no sons, only daughters. And Sheshan had an Egyptian servant whose name was Jarha. 35 Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant as wife, and she bore him Attai. 36 Attai begot Nathan, and Nathan begot Zabad; 37 Zabad begot Ephlal, and Ephlal begot Obed; 38 Obed begot Jehu, and Jehu begot Azariah; 39 Azariah begot Helez, and Helez begot Eleasah; 40 Eleasah begot Sismai, and Sismai begot Shallum; 41 Shallum begot Jekamiah, and Jekamiah begot Elishama.

The Family of Caleb

42 The descendants of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel were Mesha, his firstborn, who was the father of Ziph, and the sons of Mareshah the father of Hebron. 43 The sons of Hebron were Korah, Tappuah, Rekem, and Shema. 44 Shema begot Raham the father of Jorkoam, and Rekem begot Shammai. 45 And the son of Shammai was Maon, and Maon was the father of Beth Zur.

46 Ephah, Caleb’s concubine, bore Haran, Moza, and Gazez; and Haran begot Gazez. 47 And the sons of Jahdai were Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph.

48 Maachah, Caleb’s concubine, bore Sheber and Tirhanah. 49 She also bore Shaaph the father of Madmannah, Sheva the father of Machbenah and the father of Gibea. And the daughter of Caleb was Achsah.[ai]

50 These were the descendants of Caleb: The sons of Hur, the firstborn of [aj]Ephrathah, were Shobal the father of Kirjath Jearim, 51 Salma the father of Bethlehem, and Hareph the father of Beth Gader.

52 And Shobal the father of Kirjath Jearim had descendants: [ak]Haroeh, and half of the [al]families of Manuhoth. 53 The families of Kirjath Jearim were the Ithrites, the Puthites, the Shumathites, and the Mishraites. From these came the Zorathites and the Eshtaolites.

54 The sons of Salma were Bethlehem, the Netophathites, [am]Atroth Beth Joab, half of the Manahethites, and the Zorites.

55 And the families of the scribes who dwelt at Jabez were the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and the Suchathites. These were the Kenites who came from Hammath, the father of the house of Rechab.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Chronicles 1:4 So with MT, Vg.; LXX adds the sons of Noah
  2. 1 Chronicles 1:6 Riphath, Gen. 10:3
  3. 1 Chronicles 1:7 Tarshish, Gen. 10:4
  4. 1 Chronicles 1:7 Dodanim, Gen. 10:4
  5. 1 Chronicles 1:9 Sabtah, Gen. 10:7
  6. 1 Chronicles 1:9 Raamah, Gen. 10:7
  7. 1 Chronicles 1:17 Mash, Gen. 10:23
  8. 1 Chronicles 1:19 Lit. Division, Gen. 10:25
  9. 1 Chronicles 1:19 Or land
  10. 1 Chronicles 1:22 Obal, Gen. 10:28
  11. 1 Chronicles 1:30 Hadar, Gen. 25:15
  12. 1 Chronicles 1:36 Zepho, Gen. 36:11
  13. 1 Chronicles 1:39 Hemam or Heman, Gen. 36:22
  14. 1 Chronicles 1:40 Alvan, Gen. 36:23
  15. 1 Chronicles 1:40 Shepho, Gen. 36:23
  16. 1 Chronicles 1:41 Hemdan, Gen. 36:26
  17. 1 Chronicles 1:42 Akan, Gen. 36:27
  18. 1 Chronicles 1:46 Lit. struck
  19. 1 Chronicles 1:50 Hadar, Gen. 36:39
  20. 1 Chronicles 1:50 Pau, Gen. 36:39
  21. 1 Chronicles 1:51 Alvah, Gen. 36:40
  22. 1 Chronicles 2:1 Jacob, Gen. 32:28
  23. 1 Chronicles 2:6 Zabdi, Josh. 7:1
  24. 1 Chronicles 2:6 Darda, 1 Kin. 4:31
  25. 1 Chronicles 2:7 Achan, Josh. 7:1
  26. 1 Chronicles 2:7 banned or devoted
  27. 1 Chronicles 2:9 Aram, Matt. 1:34
  28. 1 Chronicles 2:9 Caleb, vv. 1842
  29. 1 Chronicles 2:11 Salmon, Ruth 4:21Luke 3:32
  30. 1 Chronicles 2:13 Shammah, 1 Sam. 16:9
  31. 1 Chronicles 2:17 Jithra the Israelite, 2 Sam. 17:25
  32. 1 Chronicles 2:19 Lit. took to himself
  33. 1 Chronicles 2:19 Or Ephrathah
  34. 1 Chronicles 2:22 Reckoned to Manasseh through the daughter of Machir, Num. 32:41Deut. 3:1425:561 Kin. 4:131 Chr. 7:14
  35. 1 Chronicles 2:49 Or Achsa
  36. 1 Chronicles 2:50 Ephrath, v. 19
  37. 1 Chronicles 2:52 Reaiah, 1 Chr. 4:2
  38. 1 Chronicles 2:52 Or Manuhothites, same as Manahethites, v. 54
  39. 1 Chronicles 2:54 Or Ataroth of the house of Joab

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