Whenever you come across a passage like this in the Old Testament, I think it’s important to remember what has brought us to the point we are at. At first glance, this list of names doesn’t mean much. But when you think about how, since from the book of Genesis, God has been working out a promise to redeem the people of Israel, you can see that there is much importance in making sure that the city of Jerusalem was well supplied with people. The ESV Study Bible says, “This chapter addresses the need to maintain a proportion of the population in Jerusalem, and records the names of leaders who lived there.”
Throughout the Old Testament we see example after example of Israel being brought back and redeemed, all pointing us to God’s ultimate form of provision in Christ. This is a great opportunity to be reminded of the grace of God and be thankful today. In the comments, what are some ways that you have seen God’s grace at work in your life this week?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice