Laura’s Essential Life List for this week is titled “Our Strong and Mighty, Upright and Most Excellently Perfect Family Tree.”
What a brilliant and extremely Essential Life List to have! Why not start yours today!
So what do you think? When it comes to your own family tree, are there some people that you wouldn’t want to include? At least not without some creative editing because they were “different”? Maybe you wouldn’t want to even include yourself? (Shame can do that.)
But our New Testament writers didn’t edit like that. They were more concerned with telling the truth. Amazingly, Jesus had some “different” people on His family tree. One that really stands out is Rahab (Matthew 1:5-6). Genealogies in the Bible can honestly be boring, and if we read them at all, we tend to rush through them, right?
But there in Matthew’s Gospel is Rahab with all the others, except Rahab was a harlot (a prostitute) and the great-great-grandmother of King David, right on down to Joseph husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born. Oh, and she also probably worshipped idols. (Read some of her story in Joshua Chapter 2.)
Yet she is also listed as an example of faith to follow. (Read the rest of her story here in Hebrews Chapter 11.)
By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. Hebrews 11:31 (NRSV)
God can redeem anyone, and for His glory.
I’m pointing this out today because recently I’ve come across quite a few posts where people have described some very painful things in their lives, things that you would think had the power to mark them and ruin them for life. (Alcoholism, Rape, Domestic Violence, Drug Addiction…just horrible things.)
But they are rising or have risen above those things through the power of Christ.
I am just in awe. Keep sharing your stories. Someone else somewhere else has experienced the same thing. They need your testimony. Your truth will lead someone to The Truth.