Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved

19 03 2012

DAY TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHT : 1 Chronicles 2 v. 18 – 4 v. 8; Romans 10 v. 5 – 11 v. 10; Proverbs 18 v. 7 – 16

1 CHRONICLES
Caleb Son of Hezron – Caleb’s sons with wife Azubah, with Jerioth,. and with Ephrath, are listed. Also, Hezron bears a son, Segub, through his liaison with the daughter of Makir. Segub became the father of Jair who was in charge of 23 towns in Gilead.
After Hezron’s death, his wife Abijah bore him a son, Ashhur, who became the father of Tekoa.

Jerahmeel Son of Hezron – Jerahmeel is Hezron’s firstborn, and his sons are listed : Ram, Bunah, Oren, Ozem, Ahijah. With his other wife, Atarah, he had a son, Onam. Ram’s sons are listed. Onam’s sons are listed (the son born with his ‘other wife’), Shammai and Jada – and their descendants are traced.
(David encountered the Jerahmeelites during his military raids in southern Judah).

The Clans of Caleb – Caleb’s sons are listed (Caleb is Jerahmeel’s brother), Mesha and Mareshah (father of Hebron). Hebron’s sons are listed, Korah, Tappuah, Rekem and Shema. The lines through Shema and Rekem are listed. Caleb also had sons with his concubine, Ephah – Haran, Moza and Gazez. Caleb had other sons with another concubine, Maacah – Sheber, Tirhanah, Shaaph (father of Madmannah) and Sheva (father of Macbenah and Gibea).
Caleb also has a named daughter (unusual in a long string of male names), Acsah.
The line is traced through Ephrathah, through Hur. His sons are Shobal, Salma and Hareph.
Shobal’s descendants are the Manahathites, Ithrites, Puthites, Shumathites and Mishraites…
Salma’s descendants are Bethlehem, the Netophathites, Tirathites, Shimeathites, Sucathites, Zorites and the clans of scribes living at Jabez.

The Sons of David –
David’s sons are divided into those born in Hebron (v. 1 – 4) and those born in Jerusalem (v. 5 – 9).
David’s sons in Hebron are Ammon, Daniel, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah, Ithream (born of six different mothers), while David rules for seven years and six months there.
David’s sons in Jerusalem are Shammua, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon (all four born to Bathsheeba), Ibhar, Elishua, Eliphelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet (what, two Eliphelets? Now that’s confusing) – nine sons.
And their sister Tamar is named.
David rules in Jerusalem for thirty three years.

The Kings of Judah – the kings of Judah from Solomon to the fall of Jerusalem are listed, through Rehoboam, Abijah, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Josaih, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin and Zedekiah.

The Royal Line After the Exile – the descendants of Jehoiachin the captive are listed, through Shealtiel, Pedaiah, Zerubbabel, Hananiah and Elioenai – important leaders during Judah’s post-exilic period.

Other Clans of Judah – Judah’s family line is listed first amongst the tribes, as ‘Judah was to be the instrument of the promised blessing (Gen 49 v. 6 – 12)’, through Perez, Reaiah (the Zorathites), Etam, Jezreel (with one sister listed as Hazzelelponi), descendants of Hur (‘firstborn of Ephrathah and the father of Bethlehem’), Ashhur (with his two wives, Helah and Naarah), Koz (father of the clans of Aharhel son of Harum).
ROMANS
Israel’s Unbelief (cont.) – Paul seeks to argue from Moses himself that ‘the righteousness that is by the law’ produces merely people ‘who live by them’ (or at least try to), whereas the ‘righteousness that is by faith’ produces people who embody the word, ‘it is in your mouth and in your heart’.
‘That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.’
‘Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.’
And again, Paul contends that there is no difference between Jew and Gentile  – ‘the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him.’
‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
The evangelical challenge is to tell the world, ‘how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?’ But God has called some specifically to this task, and all of us, generally.
‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’
Not all in Israel have accepted the good news, Paul insists. It is one thing to listen, it is another thing to really hear :
‘Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
And Paul quotes various passages from Isaiah to argue the point that Israel has had every opportunity to hear and believe the word, but some have become a ‘disobedient and obstinate people’, whilst God has ‘revealed Himself to those who did not ask for me (seek me)’.

The Remnant of Israel – Paul underlines the belief that God has never ‘rejected’ his people. He reminds his readers that he, himself, is an Israelite – descended from Abraham, a Benjaminite. Reminding them, too, of the story of Elijah, when he felt totally alone, and God informed him of a remnant He was saving for Himself, ‘I have reserved for myself 7,000 who have not bowed the knee to Baal’.
‘So too, at the present time, there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace’.

How easy it can be for those of us ‘saved by grace’ to adopt or learn default habits which suggest our works deserve God’s favour, His saving us. It’s a battle inside to remain ‘free to serve’, rather than to ‘serve to gain our freedom’.

So, some who sought eagerly for righteousness, have never found it.
Indeed, some were even hardened against it – ‘God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear’.
King David, himself, asked of such – ‘May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see…’

PROVERBS
‘A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honour.

He who answers  before listening – that is his folly and his shame.

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.’

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