Matthew 1:1, “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.”
Does your family lineage really matter in the grand scheme of things? Do blessings and curses really get passed down from generation to generation? Have you ever had the desire to see where you truly come from and who your descendants were? Jesus had a very distinct lineage full of murderers, adulterers, manipulators, liars, and cheats. Let’s take a look at some of these people.
Of course, you have the hall of famers such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and Solomon. These men were known for their great faith, incredible wisdom, wealth, and skills in the field of battle. All attributes that can be attributed to our Lord and Savior. Then you have those players on the rosters did some nice things and received an accolade from the Lord. This might include Hezekiah. Other people on the list did terrible things to God’s people such as Ahaz and Manasseh. What about the no-names; or people such as Azor, Abiud, and Akim? Why were they in the lineage when they seemingly didn’t matter in the grand scheme of life.
When I became a father for the first time, I was so excited. I felt as if I was given a new canvas to create a wonderful picture on through my son. I wanted to be perfect. I wanted him to be perfect. Imagine my shock when my failures that I had exhibited in life began to show up in his character. I could not believe that had gotten passed down. I always knew children could be affected by the father or mother who drank, smoked, or did drugs during pregnancy. I understood that looks could definitely be passed down. How on earth could characteristics be passed on? I could not wrap my head around this. And the fact that my son was exhibiting these “failures” so early, boggled my mind.
So, back to our lineages. Obviously, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and Solomon were known for great faith. We search out how these men did what they did. We want to know how they took the steps they did. Great faith can easily be seen in Jesus. These great men also exhibited a close relationship with God, as did Jesus. These men had great struggles within their lives; some their fault, some not their fault. Jesus had the greatest struggle of all, going to the cross.
Why mention people whose name was only mentioned in this part of scripture in the entire Bible or those people who did not love God? Could it be that God is telling us that we are all important in His eyes? No matter how significant or insignificant we may think we are, God ‘s view is really the only view that matters. I believe that God is telling every one of us that we are so very important in the grand scheme of it all. You may not be in the line of an earthly king or queen, but you are in the line of inheritance of Jesus, our King and Lord, and Savior.
As a father, now praying for my son, his future, and our lineage, I have two viewpoints on our lineage. The first is that I know what I consider to be my Godly strengths. I am a man that prays. I am a man who takes God at His word, which helps me to have greater faith. These are things that I will instill in my son, and hopefully, he instills in his children all the way down the line. The aspects of my character that I am not very proud of, I have asked for forgiveness and asked God to remove it from my son so that it is no longer advanced in our line of heritage. I intend on letting those characteristics end with me. What about you? Are there traits in your children that you would like God to increase as other traits decrease?
Prayer Starter: Father, I give You all the glory, honor, and praise. I thank You that You care where we come from. I thank You that each and every one of our lives matter, including mine. Thank You that I am in the lineage of King Jesus. I ask You to strengthen my strengths and turn my weaknesses into strengths. Thank You for answered prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.