Pamela Fontaine, Administrative Assistant, Women’s Ministry
The first thing I asked myself when I skimmed over the passages assigned to me was “why did I get these passages to reflect upon?” One of the things that always created “mumbo jumbo” for me when reading the Bible was when I read these types of passages, because of phrases like this: Joab’s brother Asahel, Elhanan (son of Dodo) from Bethlehem, Shammoth from Harod, Helez the Pelonite, Ira (son of Ikkesh) from Tekoa.
Interesting names but how do you pronounce them?
Then I thought, “What will I ever get out of this because I did not care who was whose father, son, brother, etc. On top of that, multiple wives, killing, and such.” But what the story brought to me was loyalty. Like the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s. There are the leaders, on different levels, all playing their roles.
We all expect loyalty. Whether we are a parent, child, family member, boss, worker, co-worker or friend–and that list can go on and on. What are the expectations of loyalty?
1. the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.
2. faithful adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, cause, etc.
3. an example or instance of faithfulness, adherence, or the like: a man with fierce loyalties.
Are we loyal? And is our loyalty in the right place? What is our role? Are we playing our role in the eyes of the Lord? HE wants our loyalty, and HE has put us in a role. How are you doing with your loyalty and your role?
Well, one thing I did learn from this “mumbo jumbo” of fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, is that I have some re-checking to do on my role and loyalty to God and to others he has placed in my path.