These are the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron: the firstborn, Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelite; the second, Daniel, by Abigail the Carmelite. (1 Chronicles 3:1)
The third chapter of Chronicles is one of those chapters where the greatest challenge we find is that of properly pronouncing some of the names, as from beginning to end we read a long list of names of the sons and descendants of David. At first it may seem like a chapter of importance only when it comes to data, nothing theological or practical to explore. But if we think about it for a moment, we can see that there is something special about it. It is all contained in one word: “David.” There are so many names on the list, but out of them all, the most important seems to be that of David. His sons are the ones that are mentioned in it anyway; so there is something more to the list than meets the eye. David was the second king of Israel, right after Saul. Perhaps he was one of the most iconic and respected public figures in his time by the people of Israel. Not only that, but all kings would come from his bloodline as well. He was that one kid that killed the invincible soldier, Goliath, and therefore David’s name inspired respect and authority. How great it must have been to be called “Son of David!”
Kids at a young age seem to have a highly exalted image of their fathers. I remember when I was a boy, I knew my father worked at an airport and therefore, it was my belief that he was the owner of the airport! Of course he only worked for an airline, but I would still brag about my dad anyway. That sense of pride I had and still hold about being his son makes me remember that God in His infinite love has made us all His sons and daughters. Our Father, like David, is a King! Not only a king of a country but the King of the entire universe! And the owner, not of airports, but of all there is! How great is it that the King of the universe has made us His children! Isn’t that something to share with others? Would you want to have your name written on a list that starts out saying: “These are the names of the sons of God!” Surely I want to have my name written there. The best part is that God has already made us His children through His great love and sacrifice. If you accept Him as your Father, there is nothing and no one who can take it away from you. Do you want to be a son of God?
Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.