Matthew1: 1-6, 12-17
“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations” (Matthew 1:17).
Lineage means family, ancestors and descendants. Lineage or genealogies provide important records of historical succession, continuity, and legitimacy, as contained in some books of the Bible. Sadly, many of us ignore the reading of the portions of the Bible that have to do with genealogy. We fail to realise that these portions have important lessons in them.
The Israelites recognise the importance of tracing their lineage. This enables
them to keep record of how their family lineages served God and to plan for
their future generations. Everyone of us has an ancestral lineage. Even Jesus
Christ, our Lord and Saviour, came from a lineage to which every Christian
belongs by faith. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to
become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
When we look at the genealogy of Jesus, especially in the books of Matthew and Luke, it is not a list of royalty or perfect characters. The prostitute, Rahab, is mentioned as a direct ancestor. This shows how God uses anyone to fulfil His purpose. Jesus Christ brought fame, recognition and value to His lineage and His generation. The same can apply to our own families. Your ancestral lineage may not be popular or recognised, but if you become a member of God’s family, through your legacy of sacrifice, attention to family and total obedience to God, you can create a meaningful future for your generations. Are you a member of God’s family? Make sure you are.
1. Lord, l yield myself to You. Make me an agent of change in my generation.
2. Father, let me remain connected to You forever.