1 Chronicles 7: 1—8: 40

The descendants of Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, and Asher are listed today.  I was confused when, after we read all of those names it then recorded, ”Benjamin’s first son was…….”  I was like, wait, what?  Is this a new Benjamin?  What did I miss?  So, I picked up my trusty Bible Knowledge Commentary and it said this:

Benjamin and his descendants were briefly introduced earlier (7:6–12) but now a full genealogy is given. Its purpose was obviously to trace the lineage of Saul and his immediate family[1]

Oh, right, thanks BKC.  Yes, that was totally OBVIOUS.  Am I just being sensitive?  That seemed a bit harsh to me.  But also keep in mind I am traveling, and I had to make my coffee in an antique coffee pot like the pilgrims this morning, so maybe I am not in a good frame of mind. 

Acts 27: 1-20

Gosh I love this story.  Not because Paul and Luke were in danger but because of what the 30,000 ft view of this story means for us. 

We all know that Jesus was the boss of all the seas and weather on Earth because He walked on water and calmed the storm.  Those miracles authenticated that He was the son of God. 

Do you remember in the beginning of the book of Acts when Philip was transported miraculously to share the gospel with the Ethiopian Eunuch?  God was authenticating His Message to the watching world and was miraculously moving the Message of the Gospel out of Jerusalem.  This authenticated that the Message was for the Gentiles as well as the Jews.

So, what gives?  Why does Paul have to live through a journey like this?  Why could He not just ask God to calm the waters and push the boat to Rome.  I mean God told Paul he was going to go to Rome to share the Gospel.  Why is God making the trip so hard when we know God can snap his fingers and get him there instantly.  Why?  Because God has already authenticated His Message and He has already authenticated Paul.  We can point to the miracles in this book and know that God is with Paul.  But since he is already authenticated, Paul gets to now walk out what he is going to preach to all of us.  What I mean is, the coming books of the New Testament talk about how we have to “run our race, stay the course, deny ourselves, follow Christ no matter the cost, tell everyone about Jesus, that to live is Christ and die is gain.”  If Paul never had to endure hardship, how would he have learned that?  How would he be able to teach us how to overcome our sin nature?  Because the truth is, fellow believer, learning these lessons are a day in and day out race of endurance, NOT something you can achieve by a snap of the fingers.  It is our Middlemarch.

Don’t ever get talked into the lie, “If God wants you to do it, it will be easy.” Paul’s story today teaches us that is not true.

Psalms 7-1-17

Proverbs 18: 22

Jesse is working back in Rockwall, can someone make sure he reads this Proverb today?     

[1] Merrill, Eugene H. “1 Chronicles.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 601. Print.

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