Luke #29 – Fame and Faith
“Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness” (Luke 3:1-2 – King James Version).
My Granddaddy Bowes was a regular guy. He worked for the Department of Transportation for the state of
Luke 3 opens with a list of fellows that I believe Luke used to give us time line for the period that things were happening. I also believe that Luke informed us of who the leaders were that we might be able to understand the climate that surrounded the events that were about to take place. You can find many records of most of these fellows listed. Some archaeological findings have been uncovered that show that history and the Bible are correct in identifying these guys and dating there time in power in their various roles.
There is listed here a group of rulers who go done in history for their various roles in the
Another interesting story in all of this is the two High Priests. Annas was the son-in-law of Caiaphas and the High Priest that
Most notable in these two verses is John the Baptist. Did people choose him? NO! God did! Now, THAT'S notable. He upstaged both High Priests and people paid more attention to his ministry than to EITHER High Priest. He called Herod Antipas' sin what it was and was beheaded for that. He did not leave this world with a great title nor did people recognize him for the office he held. He came to recognition because John was a called man of God doing what God called him to do. Greatness is not measured by what we have or what title we own but by the faith we have in God.
I admire people like my Granddaddy and John. Their lives are not astounding by the world's record, but both were men of faith living for the Lord without any recognition by the world. Those other fellows in the above verses are known for their fame as rulers. John is known for his faith and obedience to God. Which would you have today?
Would you rather have recognition from the world for worldly things that will be destroyed OR would you have approval from God who is eternal? Do you want to go down in history as famous or faithful? With fame the world may know your name for centuries. With faith the heavens will know it forever. If I had to choose between the history book or the Book of Life...hands down...I want my name in the Book of Life.