“Our Most Excellently Perfect Family Tree”

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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.

9 thoughts on ““Our Most Excellently Perfect Family Tree”

  1. I used to feel cursed to come from my father’s family. There was a lot of child abuse there. Three of my cousins committed suicide; two were from my father’s side.

    I dont feel cursed anymore; I think our suffering brings us to God. Still, when Christians qote Scripture about how God made us in the womb etc. I think about what was done to me as a child. So God shapes me and forms me. Im this beautiful baby, and looking on me he knows what is coming. I dont even know how to process that.

    I am learning to love God, but I cant get all sentimental about him creating me. But then I look at Jesus and his father and I know they are love.

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    1. Belle, I’m so sorry to hear this. You’ve written about your father before, though not in this regards. I am relieved to read that you don’t feel cursed any more.

      Things like this do so much damage and affect so many areas of a person’s life, it’s easy to see why someone would say, “I wish I had never been born.” This is particularly true when a child is not treated as a precious gift from a God. That message does not fit well with the experience of so many hurting children. Your feelings are very understandable.

      As you may have seen from my posts, I have a special place in my heart for hurting children. We never “grow out of” that hurting child even when we become adults. Even though we may be a grown up on the outside, we are still that little hurting child on the inside. God is still Father to that hurting child. He wants to heal that hurting child that is hidden away from the rest of the world.

      Seeing the posts you’ve done about your family now, I believe and pray that for you and your children now all is safe and that God has a new and beautiful and fruitful branch on your family tree. This is a great testimony.

      You have given the best advice anyone can give to someone else, “Look at Jesus and His Father and know you are loved.” In his presence, I believe, there is relief and healing from sadness and pain…though sometimes the process is long and hard…He really can “make all things new.”

      May God continue to bless you and your family. John

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    1. Con pocos muebles han creado un rincón muy ac.r.dog….preciosoo.eme encantan cada una de las propuestas que nos traes cada día en tus post…felicitaciones por este blog tan cálido…besoooss

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