So many names to remember, and God knows them all. He knows them all and He honors them by sharing a part of the list of those whom He knows by name with us. The names of the prominent people born into and involved in the construction of this life we enjoy with Jesus today are recorded several times in the Old Testament. It is the addition of those who would have otherwise been found discounted by man that I find particularly interesting.
An Egyptian servant named Jarha:
“Now Sheshan had no sons, but daughters. And Sheshan had a servant, an Egyptian, whose name was Jarha. And Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant to wife; and she bare him Attai.” 1 Chronicles 2:34-35
A nomadic family who were faithful to the decree of their father and blessed by God for it (see Jer 35):
“And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab.“ 1 Chronicles 2:55
A man whose own mother was filled with sorrow at having him, yet he turned to The Lord for comfort and joy;
“And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
A daughter of Pharoah who wed an otherwise unknown Jew and entered into the house of Judah:
“And his wife Jehudijah bare Jered the father of Gedor, and Heber the father of Socho, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah. And these are the sons of Bithiah the daughter of Pharaoh, which Mered took.” 1 Chronicles 4:18
There are more, but these demonstrate the love of God and His sovereignty in the lives of all mankind. God calls and God directs the paths of paupers and kings. He is God, after all, and He wants us to see that He knows us. Just as He knew each and every person listed in the Old Testament, He knows us.
Yet, there is a beauty to this Bible before me that may go unnoticed. Allow me to show you, by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of those whose spirits are awakened.
If you were to go to the book of Matthew, you would see, once more, a list of names blessed by God. This list is very specific as it is the actual lineage straight through time of our Lord Jesus the Christ. And yet, His Name is the last listed. Nowhere thereafter in the Bible is a name listed in this manner. There are many names of many people involved in the forming of the early church, yet they are not listed as such. There is a reason.
God knows how the list continued after Christ and still does to this day. He could easily have given a prophet or two the names of those of us who would hear the call and come into the family. Such a book would be very special, and yet may take up more pages than the entirety of the Word as it is written right now. In fact, I know that such a book exists. It is entitled the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Rev 21:27)
Every one of us who have accepted Christ as Savior is listed therein. Our names are written, yet not in the Bible. God could have placed them in the Bible, for He called Cyrus by name before he was yet born (Isaiah 45:1). But the reason is that He wants us to choose Him. We were predestined to be called and were chosen, but God has not removed our free will. It is a mystery that both concepts are true, but He wants us to choose. Jesus came for the whole world, if they would so choose on a one to one basis (John 3:16-17).
If we were to look into the Lamb’s Book of Life and not find our own name, why would we ever want to follow God? If we looked and we did see our name, why would we ever worry about it or respect and fear God that we might live righteously? Further, in seeing our names, pride would likely swell and our focus would not be on the Savior, but on ourselves. Finally, if the decision was completely removed from us, we would all revert to a sinful selfish lifestyle. Our hearts have been corrupted that way (Gen 6:5; Jer 17:9).
That is why, folks, that there is no list which we can read beyond Jesus. He is the last, from the first. Only He has the right to look into that book (Rev 5:1-8), for it is through Him alone that any of us are even able to be on that very special list in that very special book which is named for Him. It is in Christ Alone that we have salvation, and it is through what He did at the Cross that we can have relationship restored with the Father. After all, that is why we’re on the list.
It doesn’t matter if we are a pauper or a prince, a man or a woman, a gentile or a Jew, intended of our parents or not, blessed with a home or wanderers, we are all looked at through one lens. That lens is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If we are found hidden in Him, then we are on the list, too.
If you are reading this and you are not sure if you are in that list, or if you frankly know you are not, all you need to do to have your name written down in the Lamb’s book of Life is accept Jesus. Pray this prayer, and believe it’s Truth in your heart and you will be saved (Rom 10:9):
Father God, I know that I am a sinner, and that I have come short of your expectations for me. I know that I am in need of a Savior and I believe that Jesus Christ, Who is God manifest in the flesh, is that very Savior Who died for my sins that I may be free from them. I believe that three days after He died, He rose again from the grave and He lives forevermore at Your right hand. I know that having accepted Him as my Savior, I am washed, I am clean, I am saved, and my name is now written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Amen, and amen.
If you prayed that prayer, now or ever before, and you meant it in your heart, then be encouraged and strengthened, for you are on the list! Praise God!