Over the weekend, I was reading 1 Chronicles. Looking at the list of names, I instinctively wanted to skip those parts but the Holy Spirit would not let me. So I obeyed His still small voice and read on.
1 Chronicles 6:33-38 says: These are the men who served with their sons. From the Kohathites: Heman, the singer, son of Joel, son of Samuel, son of Elkanah…..son of Korah…son of Levi, son of Israel. I did a double take when I saw the name Korah in the lineage of Samuel.
In Numbers 16, we find that Korah, of the tribe of Levi rebelled against the authority God had placed in Moses to lead the people of Israel. In Numbers 16:8-10, we read, “Moses also told Korah, “Now listen, Levites! Isn’t it enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the Israelites community to bring you near to Himself, to perform the work at the Lord’s tabernacle, and to stand before the community to minister to them? He has brought you near, and all your fellow Levites who are with you, but you are seeking the priesthood as well.”
As we all know, moments later, Korah and all his followers were consumed by God’s wrath. The ground opened up and swallowed their families. Korah and the 250 followers were burned by fire from Heaven. Interestingly, Korah’s sons were spared from God’s wrath. Many years later, Korah’s great great…grand son Samuel (16th generation!!) was chosen by God to lead God’s people as a priest (what his forefather Korah desired!!). Not just as a priest, but ironically He was chosen to defend God’s covenant with His people that He had given Moses!!! God had reversed the situation! Oh He humbles the exalted and exalts the humble!
The story of Samuel is NOT ONLY a story of an answer to persistent prayer by a childless mother called Hannah!!! Oh it is the untold story of grace, of restoration, of redemption… Of a God who is at work in the background! Of a God of generations!
Samuel was NOT an ordinary boy whose mother dedicated him to God’s temple. Hannah said in 1 Samuel 1: 27-28: “I prayed for this boy, and since the Lord gave me what I asked Him for, I now give the boy to the Lord. For as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.” Hannah had no idea that as she dedicated her son Samuel to the Lord, she was partnering with God’s plan of restoration since generations!! WOW!
Interestingly, 1 Samuel 1 begins stating Elkanah was an Ephramite. This is not to be taken as a contradiction to the records in 1 Chronicles. Just as we call people residing in New York as New Yorkers, Elkanah here was referred to as an Ephramite because he resided in Ephraim! It has nothing to do with his ancestry! It is interesting that as a Levite, he was residing outside of the territory assigned to Levites.
I don’t know what you are struggling with today. I want to remind you that no matter what you are going through, that you pause just this moment and fix your eyes on Jesus- He is the God of generations!! And He cares deeply for every little step that you are going through in the grand scale of events. He knows what He is doing. Trust Him. And you CAN because He has the big picture!!
Even if things seem to appear dark and gloomy and utterly hopeless in your life right now, I encourage you to hold on to the promises in His Word! His promises are YES and AMEN! He is a faithful God. He will work EVERYTHING TOGETHER for the GOOD of THOSE He loves and THOSE who are called according to His purpose.
Be at peace!
Have a great week ahead!