Topic: Vanity Of Fame [October 5, 2016]
Text: 1 Chronicles 8:33-40
Key Verse: “And the sons of Ulam were mighty men of valour, archers, and had many sons, and sons’ sons, an hundred and fifty. All these are of the sons of Benjamin” (1 Chronicles 8:40).
A commentator once said: “People have had mountains named after them, but a following generation changes the names. People have had their names etched into buildings, but in time the buildings will be demolished and the names forgotten. People write books to be remembered by posterity, but in time the books will be replaced by other books and the authors will be forgotten”. Today’s text is a continuation of the list of descendants of Benjamin.
Obviously, the most familiar name there is Saul, the son of Kish who became the first king of Israel. Unfortunately, he died along with his children in battle because he disobeyed the Lord and consulted with a woman with familiar spirit. Concluding the list also were the sons of Ulam who were said to be mighty men of valour, archers with many sons and grandsons numbering up to one hundred and fifty. However, there was no mention of their faith or devotion to God. Vanity means “vapour” or “breath”. It is what comes out when you blow your breath on a freezing winter morning. You see it for a while, and then it disappears. Vanity is “whatever is left after you break a soap bubble”. So, it refers to that which is meaningless, futile, ephemeral and transient.
Thought for the day: Your life is nothing; only God can make it something.
Bible Reading in one Year: James 1-5
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.