Ruth 4:18-22, 18Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron, 19Hezron fathered Ram, Ram fathered Amminadab, 20 Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon, 21Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed, 22Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David.
An interesting conclusion to these four short chapters. There’s so much that could have been written to conclude this book, but the author decided to show the reader that Ruth was the great grandmother of King David. Perhaps it was a way of sharing with us the source of some of David’s character traits. He may not have known his great grandmother personally, but he would have heard this story. And what we know of Ruth in these four chapters I’m sure there were many more stories David knew that we are not privy to. David from his earliest years knew he was a part of this godly legacy. He would have been told his role in living out a legacy that stretched over generations.
Here I am again thinking about godly legacies again. I am teaching a course on leadership at Kiev Theological Seminary in Kiev, Ukraine this week. Several times I have reminded my students of their godly heritage. Some of these students had grandparents and great grandparents that were taken in the middle of the night by the KGB because of their religious beliefs. They are standing on the shoulders of millions who gave their lives for the sake of the Name. It is a reoccurring theme in the Bible. In today’s passage I realize that I am a link in the generations that are on either side of me. I remember my grandmother Hungerford’s strong faith in God. She was the only one of my grandparents who followed after Him. What will my grandchildren remember about me? Will they remember my faith in God and how it worked it’s way out in my life? Will I live out enough stories that my children can tell to their grandchildren if I’m not around? I am struck by the reality that I am not living this Christian life for me only, but for the generations that follow as well.
Father God help me to start living stories that my children can share with their grandchildren. Don’t let me live this Christian life just for me, but for the generations to come. Thank You for my children and grandchildren. Thank You that they are following strong after You. I pray these things in Jesus Name, Amen.