March 18, 2021: Day 12 – I Chronicles 8

Today we find ourselves with the listing of the progeny of Benjamin: how fun!  Okay, not really, but at least we have a scope of what we are viewing.  Remember Benjamin?  He was the absolutely youngest of the sons of Jacob and the last born to Rachel who died in childbirth when Benjamin was born.  So Joseph would have had a natural link to Benjamin because they had the same mother.  In fact, in Genesis we see how much Joseph loves Benjamin in Genesis 45:14 where we read about Joseph: “Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, while Benjamin wept upon his neck.”  Benjamin was very, very special to Joseph and it meant a lot to see him again.

Back to Chronicles…We find listed in Benjamin’s genealogy King Saul.  King Saul and his son Jonathan are listed.  Isn’t it interesting that Jesus’ birthright follows no through King Saul but through King David, who comes through Joseph’s line.  But Saul at one time was chosen to be the king of Israel and so potentially the line of the Messiah had a chance to run through him, and so through Benjamin, but instead it went through David.  Next chapter we will see ourselves with more names and genealogies.  Yay!

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