ANCESTRY, GENEALOGY, FAMILY HISTORY, OH MY!

There is a huge trend in finding out who we are and where we came from. Tracing the family tree has opened up a whole new industry. Family searches are made much easier than they used to be, when you had to rely on hand me down information from one generation to the next. Now the records are readily available, making it easier to reveal any rich ancestors, nare do wells or skeletons in the proverbial closet.

To find out about Jesus lineage, all we have to do is go to the Bible. There are lists and lists of begettings in both the Old and New Testament. When I was a kid and required to read through these lists, I found it difficult for a number of reasons. First, the pronunciation of all those ancient fellows was almost impossible. The lists would go on and on and I wondered what the purpose was for reading all those foreign names.

As with most family histories, there are many races and ethnicities, religions, lifestyles, professions, etc. In the case of Jesus, the Son of God and the virgin, Mary, we have a list that goes back to the beginning of time. I doubt there is any record any where that would make that possible for any other person, but it was necessary for us to see Jesus’ origins that trace right back to the very first man – Adam.

Jesus lineage is peppered with all kinds of people, from kings to shepherds – from rapists to murderers – results of incest, prostitution, and every kind of evil behavior known to man. It’s important for us to know that God took on human flesh when He came to save the world. It was part of the mission, to show that even though He had a human side, He was also without sin. He would be the perfect ransom because He was the unblemished lamb required to pay the debt that we couldn’t pay.

We can’t choose our relatives. Sometimes we might like to hide some of their misdeeds, or not make mention of them, but to be honest with ourselves, every one has some secret in their heritage.

I thank God that He chose to live among men as a man Himself. He became the second Adam – created without sin, but never giving in to it. His plan makes perfect sense, because His ways are always good. I know that he will reveal Himself again – maybe not in my lifetime – but He will come back, because He promised to do so.

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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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5 Responses to ANCESTRY, GENEALOGY, FAMILY HISTORY, OH MY!

  1. hatrack4 says:

    I am appreciating the genealogies more. I have used them in my quizzes. I love how the dots connect, and when the dots do not connect, like the two generations in Jesus’ lineage that are missing in Matthew as to carry forth the punishment of Ahab (Athaliah, queen of Judah, being his daughter). I find it fascinating.

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  2. Salvageable says:

    I have heard that the lengthy genealogies of Jesus in Matthew and Luke are very useful in the mission field. Some cultures rank the importance of people by the extent to which their lineage is known. J.

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  3. The ancestry of Jesus reminds me that He has been with us from the very beginning. His coming to us in the flesh, marked with the peace of the Father, confirms his presence to all.

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