Surnamed

For that reason God is not ashamed to be surnamed their God – the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…    ~Hebrews 11:16

This caught my eye recently.  Hebrews 11, of course, is the “Faith Hall of Fame,” a list of godly people and the things they did (or didn’t do) because of faith.  They chose to see what was invisible.

And because of their faith, God allowed Himself to be surnamed with their names, to take their names as an identifier.  He allowed their reputations to be part of His reputation.

The problem, of course, is that their reputations were not exactly stellar.  Abraham was the crazy uncle who wandered off into the desert and was never heard from again.  And he wouldn’t take a second wife when his first was barren, thereby allowing his possessions to pass out of the family.  Isaac was a pushover who cheerfully moved away when the Philistines filled in his father’s wells.  And Jacob…Jacob gets called all sorts of names.  Trickster, supplanter, cheat.  All of these men had their good points, of course, but these were their reputations.

Except, of course, that God blessed them.  God blessed them so clearly that kings were falling over themselves to ally with them.  God’s blessing overrode their reputations.

I don’t really have a point here.  I just thought it was cool that God can manage so well despite us.

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