April 23, 2012 – Names in a Book

I was looking at my scheduled posts for today and Wednesday – and groaned: 1 Chronicles 1-2 today and 1 Chronicles 3-5 on Wednesday. Really? They’re mostly genealogies! Talk about a very, very dry reading.

 

But God’s word always gives us something if we are careful to look between the lines. 

 

What do these names mean to us? David Guzik said that The steady repetition of the names may seem to be an irrelevant blur to the modern reader, but they have an important place in God’s plan of the ages. If nothing else, they demonstrate the reality of prior generations and our connection to both them and God’s broader plan – just as a walk through a graveyard can speak the same things to us.” Guzik then quoted F.B. Meyer,  “This is an ancient graveyard. The names of past generations who were born and died, who loved and suffered, who stormed and fought through the world, are engraven on these solid slabs. But there is no inscription to record their worth or demerit. Just names, and nothing more.” 


Just names and nothing more.


To us maybe, but to God, well, to God there’s always something more.

 

As I glanced at the names in this book, I thought about our names in another book –  particularly the Lamb’s Book of Life. I read about this in my Revelation class and decided to dig deeper. It turns out that Scripture gives us not just one but five books that will be opened at the Bema Seat Judgment (not to be confused with the Great White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20:11-15. You wouldn’t want to be at the Great White Throne Judgment, no, ma’am).  

 

  • Book of the Living (Psalm 69:28) – check, because my faith is in Jesus and His redemptive work at the Cross, so yes, I’m in; 
  • Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 3:5; 13:8; 20:12) – check, again because of Jesus;
  • Book of Tears (Psalm 56:8; 2 Kings 20:5checkI just know my name has a lot of entries on this one;
  • Book of Deeds (Daniel 7:10) – uhm, this one is tricky….; and 
  • Book of Remembrance (Malachi 3:16check, yes, thank you, Jesus.

 

Let us leave the books for a moment to answer the question: what exactly is the Bema Seat Judgment? 2 Corinthians 5:10 tells us that all Christians must appear before Christ at this judgment to receive a review of all the things they have done in their bodies, “whether it be good or bad.” The outcome of this judgment will determine their place, their role, their status and their position in the coming Millennial Kingdom. (Missler)

 

We should not look at the judgment seat of Christ as God judging our sins, but rather as God rewarding us for our lives. Yes, as the Bible says, we will have to give an account of ourselves. Part of this is surely answering for the sins we committed. However, that is not going to be the primary focus of the judgment seat of Christ.

At the judgment seat of Christ, believers are rewarded based on how faithfully they served Christ (1 Corinthians 9:4-272 Timothy 2:5). Some of the things we might be judged on are how well we obeyed the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), how victorious we were over sin (Romans 6:1-4), and how well we controlled our tongues (James 3:1-9)…” from  gotquestions.org

 

How well we controlled our tongues. Ouch.

 

Back to the books.

 

Chuck Missler noted that there are two “books of life” in which Christ will use in order to judge our lives fairly (Exodus 32:32–33Psalm 139:16). These will tell the absolute truth about our lives. They will reveal our motives, our doctrine, our works, our stewardship, our service, our accountability, and our sanctification. Each of these areas will be scrutinized.

 

Matthew 10:26–27  “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.

 

The passage suggests that this judgment might be visible. Missler noted that it means, all will see and all will know the outcome. It says everything that is covered and hidden now will be revealed and out in the open there:

 

With that in mind, how then shall we live the rest of our days now? Before we are just names etched in a tombstone? While we live, we are still part of God’s story. God is still writing names into those books. When you come face to face with God, what do you want those books to say about you?

 

Luke 12:2–3 .Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. 

 

[Reading from Blue Letter Bible – Chronological Plan]

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6 thoughts on “April 23, 2012 – Names in a Book

  1. Very thought provoking. This kind of goes along with the Proverbs 31 Devotional for today. The question was posed, “what if your checkbook was on display at church for all to see how you spend your money?”….it says alot about where our hearts are. If you walked into church and your details were on the overhead for all to see? We may hang our heads in shame, yes siree. Again, I am so thankful for the grace of Jesus.Morgen

  2. Short on time today sissies…Mondays are my busy day! My post:Day 113~ This time they moved the Ark the right way 🙂 If any of you were unsettled about why those men died in yesterday’s reading it was because David and the people presumed to move the Ark in their own way instead of God’s way. His goal was for His people to be a people set apart for Him, to stand out among all the other peoples of the land. The punishments God lays out for some of our characters we read about may seem really harsh to us, but we have to trust God knew what He was doing as He was building His people. This time doing it the right way produced an overflow of praise, from most of them anyway. I never really have thought about Michal’s reaction to David dancing before in depth until today. It just hit me as I read, I wonder if she reacted the way she did out of bitterness? She really did not want to be praising God. She was hurting and she was heartbroken. After all, she had been taken from her husband and made to come live with David as his wife instead. I can’t imagine the pain that was going on in her heart and the thought of praise and worship seemed like too much for her, even for others to be doing it, especially the one she was bitter towards. She paid a cost, the Bible says she remained childless throughout her whole life. Bitterness will always cost us something and our actions, words and our whole beings are effected when it is allowed to linger and root in our hearts. There is such freedom when we get to a place of being able to let that go. I wonder if Michal was ever able to let it go? I am thankful today that through my time of healing God was able to help me let go of mine.

  3. Amen, Brandee. I'm glad your portion of the reading is different than mine. It just provides for so much richness. Michal should be an example to us – let go of bitterness. I'm thinking too maybe pride played a part as well. Maybe she was embarrassed that her husband the king was dancing in his linen ephod in front of his subjects. She made it all about her.  I also started thinking if the way I worship offends other people. One of the commentaries I read said that David was dancing out of pure worship. That's beautiful, isn't it? Other people's opinion should not stop me from worshiping my Jesus. Thanks again for posting!

  4. Can we picture ourselves worshipping like David was? Abandoning all inhibitions and just purely praising God from his heart? Oh my; I think I would worry too much about what people around me were thinking. That is sad isn’t it?Morgen

  5. Oh Brandee, you touched my heart today. Thinking about bitterness and how it festers and creates hurt in our hearts. Love the thoughts on books.Have a glorious day,Mary Ann

  6. Brandee,I’m not sure if this will post as this is my first time trying with T’s help. I love that you have written about the two j.ment days. Our pastor preached on the difference in the two about a month ago. I love your information about the 5 books; I didn’t know about those either. As a matter of fact, I plan on copying your post to keep in my notebook. Thank you for such an informative lesson!Mema Jeanne

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