Wednesday Word 12.20.17

Exodus 1:1-7New International Version

1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. 5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt. 6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7 but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.

Legacy. An integral part of the history of Judaism and many other cultures around the world. Legacy holds the gift of knowing from whence you came and who your people were. It gives a perspective and and a foundation to the lives we lead. Not everyone has the luxury of knowing their predecessors. Not everyone has a close association with their family. For some of us, while unfortunate, it may well be for the best. For others, it holds profound sadness.

The Book of Matthew opens the New Testament with the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, listing generation by generation from Abraham to Jesus. Matthew explains in verse 1:17, Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.” Knowing that these were the members of the Family of Israel laid the foundation for who Jesus was meant to be for his people. (Israel was the name God gave to Abraham’s grandson Jacob, in Genesis 32:38).

We probably cannot name our forebears 42 generations back. I am afraid I cannot go back more than two paternal and three maternal generations. But in the eternal scheme of things, I need only trace my connection to one source. The Source. I love the people who brought me life and do my best to be a living legacy reflecting the love and care they provided me. But, the heritage that means even more comes with the realization that I am a part of God’s fantastic creation. You and I are part of something so much bigger than any of us could ever dream of being as individuals. We belong to the family of Jesus Christ. Romans 8:15 tells us, “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” We are made brothers and sisters in Christ…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki