The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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"A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the Son of David, the son of Abraham... Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram......." (Matt.1:1-3).

The New Testament begins with a family tree. The genealogy of Jesus..All right, most people get bored when they have to read genealogies, but to the Israelites they were important. To the Jew, one's heritage was mattered, and if one was claiming to be the Messiah, the Son of God, it was paramount and necessary. Extensive genealogical records were kept in the temple at Jerusalem, but were destroyed with its demolition in 70 A.D.... It was important to trace Jesus' genealogy because He had to be descended from David, as God had promised. I guess that today's verses don't knock your socks off, and I understand, but if you read through verse 17, you get the whole family tree. If you glance over it, you'll find quite a cast of characters. There's Abraham who pretended Sarah wasn't his wife because he didn't trust God. There is Isaac, a notoriously bad parent, and Jacob the conniver. Lets not forget Judah, Jacob's son, who not only sold his brother into slavery, but his child who is in Jesus' lineage was not conceived by his wife, but by his daughter-in-law. All in all there are prostitutes, murderers, and wicked kings in the family tree. Don't get me completely wrong, there were some good and honorable people in there too. So.. What's my point? We all have a family tree, and some people try to trace it back as far as they can. Undoubtedly, there are some good folks and bad ones in there. There is this great thing about a Christian life. Our family's past successes or failures do not define who we are. In God's eyes, when we come to Him in obedience, we all start out with a clean slate. We get to decide the path that we want to follow and clearly define who we are, and when we choose to follow Jesus, we get to start our own family tree. It starts as clean and pristine as any can... This being said, we might still be interested in who are ancestors were and there's nothing wrong with that. Just so that we know, that our relationship with Jesus defines who we are....

Have a wonderful day... Make a difference... Love mark Phil.4:11

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