There’s a great error in preaching, and it’s been going on for a very long time. People are told they can choose God. That’s not true. If we could choose God, then He need not have chosen us from before the foundation of the world: Ephesians 1:4.
I wondered where in the Bible I was going to go to this morning. I began looking through all the lists of Books in my Amplified Bible and it seemed good to me to open the Book of Numbers! In the first four verses of chapter 1, we see God telling (commanding) Moses to take a census of the 12 tribes, and one man from each tribe would be picked to assist in the numbering of the war clans.
Verses 5-15 show us the men picked by name, chosen by Almighty God Himself. In verse 18, something else stood out to me: “…they declared their ancestry…”. In Israel, this was very important. There’s much written in the Bible about ancestry so that we can see the generational distinction of important people, to help account for various Scriptures, especially the bloodline of Christ, for example. Understanding that He came from “David’s line” as the song says, is very important to us to help us understand the prophetic Scriptures concerning Him throughout the Old Testament.
If it’s shown so very clearly in the OT that God chose certain people for certain tasks, and He called each of them by name, then that ought to make us all the more thankful. Not boasting in our own merit, which is actually forbidden us, but to glorify God by acknowledging His love for us in that He chose us, each by name, from before the foundation of the world. We might not see our names written in the Book of Scriptures, but they most certainly are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
If we don’t faint, and if we keep faith and run the race to the end of our lives, Christ Himself will name us before His Father and the angels.
It’s well to remember that God’s angels also know our names!
God be with you and bless your day.