Nearly everyone wants to be remembered. Whether it be something as ubiquitous as a tombstone or something more rare, such as a biography, remembering the lives of those who have gone before us is a significant part of nearly every culture and a desire that most of us wish for in our own lives. We want to know that our lives mattered. Ezra 2 seems easy to pass over until you realize that this list is God’s way of remembering those who had faith in God’s promise and were the first to return after exile. This listing, while seemingly insignificant, was a marker for the Israelite people of the faith of those who went before them and, even more importantly, of the promises of God that were fulfilled. When we read passages like this, we should be stirred to remember their lives, and we should be reminded that God knows each one of us, and although history itself may never remember us, God will always remember. This is a picture of God’s covenant-keeping love and His affection for His people.
Do you wonder whether you will be remembered in the future? How might your confidence in God’s love and His remembrance of you serve to motivate your obedience and your faithfulness?