These were the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad and Asher. -1 Chronicles 2:1-2
The people of God came through the promises of God. Adam, Seth, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, then Jacob. Jacob fathered 12 sons–men whose families became the nation of Israel.
We look back now and view Israel’s family tree as a huge list of names, yet it was not always this way. Abraham was 99 years old before fathering Isaac; Abraham’s wife, Sarah, was 90 when she gave birth! A miraculous birth was required to provide a grandfather for the 12 sons who would lead the nation of Israel.
What struck the people of Israel when they read these lineages was not the length of the list but the faithfulness of God’s promise. God did not make a commitment he could not keep. Instead, he kept every promise, offering hope that his promises yet to be fulfilled would come true as well.
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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.