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Series: Reclaimed - Uncovering Your Worth
Week 1: Subtext: Five Women in the Lineage of Jesus - Day 4
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ (Philippians 3:7 NIV).
We spent the last three days acquainting ourselves with Jesus’s genealogy. I hope that grasping Matthew’s reasons and overall purpose for beginning with this list of names has been as enlightening for you as it was for me. For the remainder of our weeks together, we will be focusing on how the lives of these five women intersected with God, ultimately landing them in Matthew’s first chapter. Before we get there, I’d like to do a exercise which I am hoping will give a more personal context and shed light on our individual journeys. Undoubtedly, the genealogy of Jesus provides the necessary beginning for our further examination of these women’s lives, but this study is not just about these women and how their stories became intertwined with God’s story. It is also about how our lives have been wrapped and folded into that very same story. For the next two days, we will examine and study our own genealogies and see how God is entwined in and writing our stories, too.
I understand that for some of you digging up the past might unearth old hurts and reopen wounds you would much rather leave alone. It is not my intention to cause you pain or heartache. However, there is something especially fascinating about studying where we have come from and the family members who preceded us. A peek into the past certainly holds within it the possibility of allowing us greater insight into our own unique personalities and, perhaps, even our struggles.
The subject of history is taught in every elementary, middle, and high school around the world. My son’s kindergarten class had the opportunity to raid and pillage the school, taking certain students captive, as a sort of living and breathing lesson accompanying their Viking unit. Upon his arrival home, he proudly announced that he had plucked his older brother right out of his first grade classroom and made him march around their school. Why do we find it necessary for our children to learn about such horrors as Vikings, the Civil War, and the Holocaust? Is it really important to expose them to the extreme measures evil humanity has been capable of over the years? The answer is yes. Not only were we capable of all kinds of heinous acts, we still are. The eighteenth century British statesman, Edmund Burke, said, ‘‘Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.’’ Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to this particular application.
Not only does the collective history of mankind influence our lives today, but our personal histories wield a certain amount of power over our present lives as well. Although our history does not have to ...
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