God chose Israel out of all Abraham’s sons for a purpose. Of all Israel’s sons, Judah was signalled out by the Lord to inherit the promises. The Caleb here (v.18) is not Joshua’s Caleb, but the ancestor of Bezalel, the man who constructed the Tabernacle for Moses, a man full of the Holy Spirit. Exodus 35:30-35.
Another genealogy, the first few readings in Chronicles are the same, looking at the lineage of various groups of people.
There’s a few names that should ring a bell or two in today’s reading.
The twelve sons of Israel, the tribes. Judah and Tamar. Achan (who took the devoted objects and hid them, then suffered wrath for it).
There’s Salmon and Boaz and Obed and Jesse, leading to David and his brothers, and sisters too. He married an Abigail, but also had a sister named Abigail! Fun times at family get-togethers.
The sons of Zeruiah get a mention, the troublers of David – Abishai, Joab and Asahel.
And more, many more.
We don’t know much about most of these names.
But it is comforting to know the Lord knew these people. He knew them intimately.
This is comforting for us too, because while we might not make it into the history books, or even if we’re just a blip, as most folk are – We are known and loved by God. Very important.