This list is of the exiled and dispersed tribes that had been greatly blessed by God in the past and had been prominent in Israel. God blessed them in their days of faithfulness – will He not do the same for us today?
We come to another list of names – And we have seen and continue to see that they are important, even if sometimes we don’t really understand ourselves.
There is evidence of their importance just in the fact that they are part of God’s word.
We believe that the entirety of God’s word is important for us, immediate and always in the practical outworking of each of our days. That includes these genealogies.
There are some interesting words on Ephraim here.
Ephraim was to be the tribe that would dominate the north of Israel, and we see here that tragedy strikes at the very beginning.
Verses 20-21 tell us that at least some but maybe all of Ephraim’s sons were killed by the men of Gath.
“And Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brothers came to comfort him.”
When hardship hits, when tragedy strikes, it is very easy to lose hope.
Ephraim’s brothers came and comforted him, and we can do the same for God’s family – Gathering and comforting our brothers and sisters in their grief.
And praise God that He is the God of the LIVING, the death-conquerer, messiah and saviour.
He continues to be sovereign and true and holy, even when we can’t see that reality.
This is good to be reminded of.
* Father God,
Thank You for the comfort You alone provide, our ever-present good shepherd, the Comforter and Friend, on whom we can cast all our cares and worries, our anxieties and strains.
And thank You for us Your people, please help us to reflect Your love to each other, to comfort each other in our troubles and grief, and to point to Jesus.