1 Chronicles 8: Just a List of Names?
The family tree of Benjamin is next in line in 1 Chronicles 8. Probably the most notable family member in this lineup is Saul, and this chapter is very interesting because there is very little description about any individual. This chapter is almost exclusively a list of names.
I kind of wonder why this is the case. Benjamin was one of the tribes that remained faithful to God along with the tribe of Judah. You would think that if they generally did a good job, there would be more about them than just a list of names.
However, when you really think about it, that is not how God operates most of the time. One of my favorite examples of this is Enoch. We only hear a few verses about him, but they are really important.
Gen 5:19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
Gen 5:20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
Gen 5:21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
Gen 5:22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
Gen 5:23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
Gen 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
He sounds like a pretty remarkable man. After all, he is one of only two men in the entire Bible apparently did not die. We don’t know why, but we know that he did walk with God.
Sometimes, it seems that the Bible doesn’t give enough room to certain people. There must have been interesting people in the tribe of Benjamin, but we mostly get a list of names. However, it doesn’t mean that God didn’t or doesn’t care about them.