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.
There are a few names in this passage that can ring a bell in our memories.
There’s the twelve sons of Israel.
There’s Judah and Tamar and their very messy story.
There’s Achan who took the devoted objects from Jericho and hid them, bringing wrath on Israel.
There’s Salmon and Boaz, Obed and Jesse who lead to great king David (and his brothers and sisters).
There are the sons of Zeruiah (who is one of David’s aunties), the troublers of David – Abishai, Joab and Asahel.
But there are a lot of names here that we do not know.
However – It is comforting to know that our Lord God knew these people! He knew them cell by cell, he knew their thoughts, their decisions, their hearts.
This is a comfort for us. Because while we might not make it into any history books, or even if we do – We are known and loved by God.
And that is of so much importance as to leave any other comparison in the dust.
* Father God,
Thank You that You know us. That You have known us from before the foundation of the world.
More even than known, that You have intentionally written the names of Your people, us, down in the book of life from before You made the world.
Thank You Lord!