1 Chronicles 7-9; Acts 18

1 Chronicles 7-9; Acts 18 The sons of Ephraim: Shuthelah, whose son was Bered, whose son was Tahath, whose son was Eleadah, whose son was Tahath, whose son was Zabad. Ephraim’s son Shuthelah, and Ezer and Elead, who were born in the land, were killed by the inhabitants of Gath because they had gone down to take away their livestock. Their father Ephraim mourned a long time, but after his relatives had come and comforted him, he had relations with his wife, who conceived and bore a son whom he named Beriah, since evil had befallen his house.

This is one of the many seemingly insignificant but poignantly human touches of salvation history, especially in the genealogies.  There are those who would equate the Bible with Greek and Roman myth, but we get these reminders the salvation story is a story about real people, in this case a grieving father.  Nothing heroic or mythical about it, just uniquely human.

Speaking of uniquely human, I came across this essay yesterday, which resonated with me.  In a former job, our office was very close to a cemetery that was considered a historical landmark. When I had a particularly stressful first half of the workday, or if I was blue about something in general, I found a lunchtime walk at this cemetery de-stressing and uplifting.  K. V. Turley captures perfectly why this could be true, which may be counter-intuitive to many people.  Maybe instead of a grim reminder that it is for materialists, it is a positive perspective reset for believers.  I’d be invariably drawn to these family plots, some with weathered stoned dating before the Civil War, and you’d get a sense of their poignant family story from the inscriptions; e.g. next to Robert Forrest 1833 – 1904 would be “beloved wife” Daisy Forrest May 22 1837 – June 3 1859, and next to her might be “The angels weep with joy that welcome thee” Ida Mae Forrest June 3 1859 – June 6 1859, and you plainly see what happened to Daisy and Ida Mae, and wonder how Robert handled that, especially if there wasn’t a stone for Robert’s second spouse.  It just made you realize that these people had lives – maybe different stresses but they had them – but ultimately we all take our rest from the cares of this world.



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