For some it isn’t to distant. For some you are able to trace back generation. For some it is casual. For some it is very intimate. For some it is personal. For some they feel disconnected, but that was never God’s plan. He created us for relationships, first with Himself and then with one another. Do you know where you came from? Have you tried to map out your family tree. Even though we may seem far apart or even unrelated, if we go back far enough we are family. Today’s reading comes from 1 Chronicles 1 where we get to start at the beginning. The challenge we usually have is we start towards the end and then try to track it back as far as we can.
“Adam, Seth, Enosh; Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared; Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech; Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim. The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan. The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. Cush fathered Nimrod. He was the first on earth to be a mighty man. Egypt fathered Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, Pathrusim, Casluhim (from whom the Philistines came), and Caphtorim. Canaan fathered Sidon his firstborn and Heth, and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. The sons of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. And the sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshech. Arpachshad fathered Shelah, and Shelah fathered Eber. To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg (for in his days the earth was divided), and his brother’s name was Joktan. Joktan fathered Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan. Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah; Eber, Peleg, Reu; Serug, Nahor, Terah; Abram, that is, Abraham. The sons of Abraham: Isaac and Ishmael. These are their genealogies: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaioth, and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. These are the sons of Ishmael. The sons of Keturah, Abraham’s concubine: she bore Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. The sons of Jokshan: Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Midian: Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the descendants of Keturah. Abraham fathered Isaac. The sons of Isaac: Esau and Israel. The sons of Esau: Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. The sons of Eliphaz: Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, Kenaz, and of Timna, Amalek. The sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. The sons of Seir: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. The sons of Lotan: Hori and Hemam; and Lotan’s sister was Timna. The sons of Shobal: Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam. The sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah. The son of Anah: Dishon. The sons of Dishon: Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran. The sons of Ezer: Bilhan, Zaavan, and Akan. The sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran. These are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom before any king reigned over the people of Israel: Bela the son of Beor, the name of his city being Dinhabah. Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his place. Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his place. Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab, reigned in his place, the name of his city being Avith. Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his place. Samlah died, and Shaul of Rehoboth on the Euphrates reigned in his place. Shaul died, and Baal-hanan, the son of Achbor, reigned in his place. Baal-hanan died, and Hadad reigned in his place, the name of his city being Pai; and his wife’s name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab. And Hadad died. The chiefs of Edom were: chiefs Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, Magdiel, and Iram; these are the chiefs of Edom.”
–1 Chronicles 1:1-54 ESV
No matter where you are. No matter where you have been. When we trace all the way back we find we get back to the beginning where God created Adam and then Eve. We were created to be children of God. We were created to love and to be in relationship with God and with one another. But we need to choose whom we will serve. We get to choose if we will pick life thru Jesus Christ. We get to choose if we will receive the gift that breaks the chains of sin and death. We have free will to choose where we will spend eternity. With God or apart from God.
The choice is yours. How will you choose?
Will you choose to be a part of the family?
Will you choose to be connected?
Will you choose to reconnect to the vine of life who is Jesus Christ?
Will you choose to be pruned in order to produce more good fruit?
Will you choose to allow God’s promises, God’s power, and God’s wisdom to flow into your life and thru your life into the world around you?
God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond what we can ask or imagine!
Thru God we are able to do all things because He strengthens us!
So don’t go it alone, get connected to the vine!
So don’t go it alone, get connected to Jesus!
So don’t go it alone, get connected to the body of Christ which is the church.
We were never meant to do this thing called life alone.
Today’s devotional points to the impact of today’s reading on history and philosohy thru Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno.
I thank you for this new day and for a week that began pursuing visions and dreams. Your visions and dreams for my life. Help me Lord to not grow weary in doing Your good works. Help me Lord to not fall into temptations because of a tired soul. Help me Lord to remember the value and not take for granted all that You have given me, have prepared for me, have called me. Help me Lord to glorify You by embracing Your will, Your way, and Your calling on my life. Help me to not settle for my small ways but rather to dream Your big dreams so that in and thru it all You will receive the praise, the honor,and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.