Read 1 Chronicles 8
Focus on verse 33
Amidst all these unfamiliar names suddenly some that we recognize – Saul the son of Kish – who became the first king of Israel. He was of the tribe of Benjamin, and here in Chronicles we are given his full heritage from his great, great, great, great…etc. grand father Benjamin the son of Jacob to his great, great grand children who where known as mighty warriors. Here again we are reminded that the people we read about in the Old Testament are not fictitious, but real people whose heritage can be traced, and whose names are consistent with secular historical sources.
In the German Mennonite heritage of which I am a part, names continue to be important. There is a saying among my kinsmen that when two Mennonites meet for the first time, it takes them two minutes to get acquainted and five minutes to be related. Perhaps this is also true of some other cultures, that when we encounter a familiar name, we tend to be interested in how we might be connected relationally.
The wonderful thing about the family of God is that in Christ we are all connected relationally. In our familiar connections we sometimes refer to being “blood relatives”. I find it fascinating that in the family of God we are also related “by blood” in this case, however, it is the shed blood of Christ that binds us together.