Monday, June 24, 2002

1 Chronicles 2:7

"And the sons of Carmi; Achar, the troubler of Israel, who transgressed in the thing accursed."
1 Chronicles 2:7

Wouldn't it be sad to be listed in your genealogy this way?  To have the one distinctive thing that you did be bad?  Kind of like Ivan the terrible.  He's in my family's genealogy, and if you don't know anything else about him, you know that he is terrible.  Not a great way to be remembered.  Other verses talk about someone being a great hunter or a guy who had a lot of cities, but this one just talks about him being really bad.  I know this seems like a leap, but try to follow my bizarre mind... it relates back, for me, to the whole non-existence of time thing.  When there isn't time, all we have is the present... and that is a product of everything that we have done, kind of like these lists in Chronicles.  In the end,  our past actions, good or bad, aren't going to matter.  What *will* matter is the product of those actions... ourselves, and who we have become.  Like the parable of the talents, God gave some to each of us, and at the last day he is going to look and see who we have become, what we have done with what he gave us as raw material.  Doesn't matter if you were given only one talent in a rough part of the world or ten with wealth and privilege, what have we done with what we had?  Who we are right now is what matters.  That's why it says that he who is happy now shall be happy still... because waiting to be happy or planning to repent in the future don't have any value.  It is all about the present, which is free of past blemishes or impediments.  We choose who we are right now, and that choice writes our verse... whether we get "transgressed in the thing accursed" or "invented sliced bread." :)  Let's go for a good verse today. :)

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