I’m always amazed when I read the genealogies in the Bible. They’re so succinct—Just a list of names that spans hundreds of years. Whole decades of time, whole nations of people are reduced to a single name.
What can you learn from a name? Can someone know anything about me just by learning my name? As people, we are so complex... our names can’t possibly begin to sum up what we’re all about.
So here’s what struck me as I read this genealogy: God knows our names. He knows every single one of us by name. To Him, we are not just a group of people or one name/number in a vast sea of millions. In His eyes, each of us is a special, unique, one-of-a-kind creation. Nobody else can replace us. That’s why, when it comes to God’s genealogy, all of our names are on His list, because He is the Great Father of us all.
In this genealogy from Genesis 10, I was struck by so many of the names. The Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Jebusites... all of these were people who are eventually known as heathens, nations who don’t know the Lord. Yet, the Lord knows their names. He remembers them, even if they don’t remember Him.
And the wonderful thing about God is that He doesn’t just know our names. He knows everything about us. He knows us intimately and loves us with an infinite love. Wherever God’s list of special people is, you’re on it... even if you're His avowed enemy! He loves you, and He will always know your name.