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Preparing the Bride of Jesus Christ

GOD’S STORY Pt 70 What’s in a Name?

Preparing the Bride for GOD’s Story.

How do we prepare as the Bride of Christ? One aspect is to learn GOD’S STORY. He created us in His image…. Piece by piece, and peace by peace, we learn to walk as He has walked. And we learn His perspective.

The World Re-populated

What’s in a name? Listing genealogy gives credibility to the Bible and offers other benefits…

From Genesis 11:10-11

“This is the genealogy of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood. After he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.” (Genesis 11:10-11)

And

“This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot Lot. And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans.” (Genesis 11:27-28)

Sandwiched between these two pairs of verses is the genealogy of the Shemites, from Noah’s son Shem all the way to Abram who would become Abraham, and ultimately, the father of the people of Israel.

GOD’s Precision 

So important is detail to the LORD GOD that He lists the ancestry of the father of the Hebrew nation from Shem, Noah’s son, all the way to Terah who begot Abram.

In the detail of chapter 11, we learn the age of the descendants, first with Shem living 500 years to see his descendants for several generations. We see also in chapter 11, from verse 10-28, that longevity declines after the flood. Such a change in the atmosphere there must have been once rain is a part of the courses of nature.

But above all else for GOD’S STORY in chapter 11 of Genesis, we see the introduction of the person whom GOD will choose to be the father of many nations, including his fatherhood of GOD’s Chosen People.

Nothing is unimportant

In GOD’s Word, nothing is unimportant. He lists births, ages and deaths. Later in the Word we’ll see feasts and building specs, with detail after detail. Why? Because as we uncover archeological sites and artefacts, we discover His Word is validated, over and over again. 

He also values people, and so again and again, the Bible lists names of people and their connections to other people. Some of these details have been proven in secular historical documents. Some teach us GOD’s relationship with us, and His plan for us to be saved from eternal death.

Detail matters. And so, GOD provides it for us. Over and again, details prove the accuracy of the Word, which can in turn, build our faith and test those who challenge the veracity of the Bible.

Let’s keep reading — even the bits which may be a challenge to hold our interest — knowing that every Word points to Jesus: Yeshua the Messiah, and can lead this world back to peace, righteousness and joy.

Amen.