Our Family Tree
Over the past few years there has been a resurgence in wanting to know our ancestors and for some wanting to take it one step further our DNA and how it explains our lineage and history. Sites like ancestory.com and myheritage.com have allowed users to discover their elusive ancestors and build out on those branches of the family tree. The family tree is valuable today, but truly invaluable to discovering the prophecy of Jesus.
In 2 Samuel 7:1-16 of the Old Testament David wants to build a house for God, but before he does so he bounces this idea of a friend, Nathan, who happens to be a prophet. At first Nathan says yes, but later in the night Nathan is corrected by God and instructed to tell David He (God) does not need David to build Him(God) a house; instead a descendant of David’s will build God’s house. Little did David know a thousand years would pass before, a descendant of his, Joseph, would take faithful steps to fulfilling this prophecy. Joseph, a carpenter, but best known as the husband to the virgin Mary, of whom is born Jesus, who is called the Christ (Matthew 1:16).”
The Bible not only gives us the genealogy on how the lineage of David will bring us an eternal king, but also shares many testimonies on how it doesn’t matter where or whom we come from because “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do and it gave him great pleasure (Ephesians 1:5).”
My youngest knows she is my baby, but she also knows she is a sister, a daughter, and a cousin and she is only five. I am sure down the road she will also have other identities placed on her life some making her feel very valued and others she will want to be freed from. It will be in those moments I hope she remembers her true genealogy was set in motion long ago and before any earthly title was ever given to her; she was chosen, adopted, redeemed and forgiven, all because God loves her and this was His plan from the very beginning.