Monday, October 2, 2017
Names. Names. The Name...Jesus
Does God really except me to read all of these names for devotions? These chronological lists are just boring. I love to read David's psalms or a lesson from the Apostle Paul but just a list of names. Why?
In Kenya, names are important. Many people's names include their name, their father's name and their grandfather's name. For example a boy might be named "Mickey Stephen Kalama". Why? It shows the history of this child. When someone hears their name, they immediately know which family and the tribe from which that child comes. They know the heritage of the child. If his father and grandfather were good men or bad. That heritage can even determine the ultimate destiny of how a person views the child.
In the Bible names were important so they were written down as chronologies. In the beginning of 1 Chronicles, the names show an unbroken chain of God's children from Adam to David. It reminds us of the covenant God made to Abraham. Generation after generation God was faithful to His promise.
As I was reading these names, I suddenly realized that God knew each one of these people. He knew their hopes and dreams. He knew their sorrows and weaknesses. He knew them by name. Each one of these people were important to Him. So important that He eventually sent His Son, Jesus.
That is the name that we need to remember...JESUS. Through Jesus we know that our name can be written down in the book of life.
One of our goals at The Hope Foundation is to make sure that everyone child in our care knows that they are important to God...so important that God sent His Son, Jesus, to die for them. His name determines their ultimate destiny.
Please pray with us that our students not only hear the Gospel message but that they will respond to the name of Jesus and accept the forgiveness that only comes through his sacrificial death for us.