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The Integrity of the Message

1 Chronicles 3:1-23 :

Now these were the sons of David, who were born to him in Hebron: the firstborn, Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second, Daniel, of Abigail the Carmelitess; the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; the fifth, Shephatiah of Abital; the sixth, Ithream by Eglah his wife: six were born to him in Hebron; and he reigned there seven years and six months. He reigned thirty-three years in Jerusalem; and these were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon, four, of Bathshua the daughter of Ammiel; and Ibhar, Elishama, Eliphelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet, nine. All these were the sons of David, in addition to the sons of the concubines; and Tamar was their sister.

Solomon’s son was Rehoboam, Abijah his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son, Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son, Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son, Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son, Amon his son, and Josiah his son. The sons of Josiah: the firstborn Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, and the fourth Shallum. The sons of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his son, and Zedekiah his son. The sons of Jeconiah, the captive: Shealtiel his son, Malchiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah. The sons of Pedaiah: Zerubbabel and Shimei. The sons of Zerubbabel: Meshullam and Hananiah; and Shelomith was their sister; and Hashubah, Ohel, Berechiah, Hasadiah, and Jushab Hesed, five. The sons of Hananiah: Pelatiah and Jeshaiah; the sons of Rephaiah, the sons of Arnan, the sons of Obadiah, the sons of Shecaniah. The son of Shecaniah: Shemaiah. The sons of Shemaiah: Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah, and Shaphat, six. The sons of Neariah: Elioenai, Hizkiah, and Azrikam, three. The sons of Elioenai: Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah, and Anani, seven.

Now we have the record of the kingly line of Israel. Not only was this important for the sake of reestablishing Israel in their land, it also preserved the that fact for us. We now see that Jesus was in this line. Have you noticed that integrity is how God proves His word to us? Everything God says goes together with everything else He says. For the One who defines truth, there is no other way to prove His word. God first told us that He would bring a savior through Eve. Then He made a promise to Abraham, one of Eve's children. That promise was repeated to Isaac and to Jacob. Then, David was told that the Messiah would be in his family line. As of the documentation of David's family line, God's word was still consistent with itself. These names lead right to Jesus.

As a software engineer, I recognized a technique used to validate transmitted messages to ensure that those messages are kept accurate. The scribes were providing the counts of names after they were recited. When transferring computer messages, we may count the number of some element in the message and provide the count either before or after the message delivery. This tells the receiver that they received the whole message. This technique would help to make sure that each copy was made accurately as it was transmitted through the fourth dimension we call time. A person who wants to keep a message from being corrupt, would go to these lengths. We probably don't know the half of what God has done to preserve His word for us.

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