As we read the Old Testament we come across many areas we tend to glaze over, I mean who wants to read over and over again the long line of the genealogy of Israel or the finer details of how the temple and all the items inside were created. These cannot be important parts of our faith, can they?
The successors of Jehoiakim: Jehoiachin[a] his son, and Zedekiah.
He made interwoven chains and put them on top of the pillars. He also made a hundred pomegranates and attached them to the chains.
1 & 2 Cornicles 3:16
We learn from Jesus that God knows every intricate detail about us, right down to the number of hairs on our heads. How might we know this, well one way to confirm is that we believe the Bible is God-breathed and written by Him through his servants. The details that have been given to us in the Old Testament are a reminder that God cares about things we care about. In those times genealogy was important, where you came from and what line you were from could have made all the difference. Nowadays it is not as important but we see a re-emergence of the desire to know where people come from, with the ease of internet connectivity. We can also use these lines to trace Jesus’s parent’s roots all the way back to Abraham and beyond., thus fulfilling prophecy.
We see the details in the building of the temple which shows us that God is not going to give us a task without providing details. He may use wisdom to give them to you and may not share them as he did to Noah as he built the ark, but none the less he has shown his willingness to provide. There is also deep symbolism in each piece created for the temple, and if you take the time to study the building and creation of each piece you will see that each one is important and can be applied in your life.
Like me, most of you may not have time to map out the biblical family tree or dig into each temple furniture piece, but a quick search on the web will pull up a plethora of information that can give you overviews. There are some really nice family tree’s out there that provide a clearer display of how the families of the world all started.
The next time you come across one of these lists or descriptive elements of the bible I encourage you not to skim over but maybe take it in smaller bites. Ask God to reveal to you what He has to show you in this segment of scripture. Be honest with Him, let Him know that this might seem boring and tedious, but He will give you wisdom and a word from it.
Father, thank you for the word. As we read we sometimes see lists and descriptive building elements, that make us tend to skip over. We pray for wisdom to see why you felt it important to add to our history. All the Word is given to encourage and build us up to show us how these can do this in our lives. Give us the courage to share our faith with others, and when they ask the tough questions we ask for wisdom to answer wisely. Thank you for your sacrifice and the love you have for us. Amen