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God knows you by name

Great quote from one of my personal mentors, Gene Petersen.

“The genealogical lists in the Bible, synonymous in so many minds with tedium, are, in fact, documentation for the most exciting parts of the story.  For the gospel does not address a faceless, nameless mob, but persons.  The history of salvation is thick with names.  The name is the form of speech by which a person is singled out for personal love, particular intimacy, and exact responsibilities.  The biblical fondness for genealogical lists is not pedantic antiquarianism, it is a search for personal involvement, a quest for a sense of personal place in the web of relationships in which God fashions salvation.”  (Petersen, Five Smooth Stones, 107)

But now thus says the Lord,

‘he who created you, O Jacob,

he who formed you, O Israel:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by your name, you are mine.’  (Isaiah 43:1)

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