THE YEARS IN BETWEEN – INSTALLMENT SIX – THE FAMILY TREE

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There’s so much talk about finding our roots these days. I started to do some digging a while back but came up against a road block which hindered any further discovery. In God’s Word, Luke clearly gives a picture of Jesus’ bloodline all the way back to Adam & Eve. It was then that the original covenant was made between God and man. A Savior would rescue the world from their sins. The genealogy of Jesus includes a number of interesting characters. It wasn’t a pure bloodline at all.

There were murderers, adulterers, swindlers, liars, the evil and brutal men and women just like you and me. Jesus was not a sinner, because He held the blood of God in his veins, but He was a real man with the same problems that faced many of his friends and family members.

You can do the research yourself, by reading Luke 3:23-38. We start with Adam and Eve. There were those who had no involvement in the Jewish faith. Ruth married into it when she became Mrs. Boaz. Tamar, Rahab and Bathsheba were all women of questionable character. Ruth and Rahab were Gentiles. There are an assortment of heroes of the Bible, like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, along with Joseph, the dreamer, who spent time in prison for being falsely accused of rape. He came to the attention of the pharaoh and interpreted dreams for him.

King David was the apple of God’s eye, yet his sins included adultery, espionage and murder. Even with all those sins, He regained favor in God’s eyes through repentance. David was the warrior king. It was a king like that which the Jews longed for in Jesus’ lifetime, to defeat their enemies.

This long line of begat and begotten are clear evidence that Jesus was the legal heir to the covenant promise associated with David’s throne. Both Mary and Joseph could trace their heritage back to King David and even though Joseph was not the father of Jesus, his genealogy seals the promise doubly. When they went to register for the census, they went to Bethlehem, the birthplace of David. The truth of these genealogies is part of the Jewish culture. They were meticulous at keeping birth and death records over the course of time.

The unique mixture of people usually pops up in our own ancestry. There are often a few skeletons in the closet and it was no different in Jesus’ bloodline. This defines His humanity. His relatives were often ordinary, unexceptional people, who would bring forth the most exceptional human being to walk the earth. Yet His blood was fused with God the Father. What a mystery, yet what lovely truth. God uses everyone for a purpose in His already mapped out plan for humanity.

I’m quite certain that Jesus knew where He came from and who His earthly ancestors were. Our DNA holds clues to who we are and where we came from. Those elements played a part in Jesus’ makeup as well. He saw poverty and wept for those who had no food. He even provided meals at times. He struggled as he watched families around him scrounging to make ends meet, yet all He could do was support and comfort them. He grew angry when He saw how the church had been corrupted and He wept when His friend died.

He loved every one. His personality must’ve been extremely charismatic, because He attracted crowds of thousands – hanging on His every word.  He had many enemies, yet He asked His Father to forgive them. A man of sorrows – One who was born to one purpose alone – a man, yes, but also God in every way.

 

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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6 Responses to THE YEARS IN BETWEEN – INSTALLMENT SIX – THE FAMILY TREE

  1. I really needed to read this, Kathy. Thank you!

    Last month, when I finally learned the identity of my biological father, I had some mixed emotions, to say the least. It was a huge relief to have the mystery solved, after years of not knowing. But I felt some strong disappointment, too, because… I did not want that man’s blood running in my veins.

    I have been clinging to the truth that I am who I am in Christ, regardless of who my biological parents and grandparents were. And now, after reading this wonderful reminder about the unsavory cast of characters in our Lord’s family tree — hallelujah! I feel all better!

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Yay! And to know that we are now brothers and sisters in a royal family is even better. Thanks for your kind words. Love yoi❤️

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  2. I have always loved reading about the people who make up the lineage of Jesus. It is a good reminder that God can use anything for His glory.

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  3. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    If we have the faith of Abraham, we’re as related to him as Isaac and Jacob!

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