That seems like a rather strange title, doesn’t it? Yet God in His mercy has recorded this for us that we might know that these were real people just like us with their aches, pains, joys and sorrows. Each was given the gift of life and was chosen in eternity past. The only reminder we have of them is their tombstone recording for us their birth date and their death date.
So what are we to glean from this sacred graveyard?
God has had his servants record these chapters to show us His plan for our redemption in this chain of people. God sent His son born of a woman to redeem those who were under the law. (Gal 4:5) They bowed the knee and whispered God save me for there is no other name under heaven whereby we are saved. (Acts 4:12) We are saved not from perishable seed but from imperishable seed. (1Pet 1:23) No matter how great our first birth privilege or heritage is it does not secure our salvation for by no works are we justified, but by His grace alone. (Eph 2:8-9) Of all those recorded, righteous or unrighteous, they could not save their own son or daughter only their own lives by their righteousness because they chose to believe in the Son of God. (Ezek 14:14-20) They believed and trusted in the God who saves.
Each name recorded, along with yours, will join those standing before the Lamb of God when the books are opened. To some they will hear well done, thou good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of the Lord but to others they will hear depart from me I never knew you.
This is a sobering thought. Consider your decision for Christ today.