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does the Bible keep so much information about generational lineage?Let me tell you a story.
decades ago (the 70’s), the Binumarien tribe understood the importance of generations.Des and Jenny Oatridge had infiltrated a
small village for the Gospel with little or no success until one very special
day whilst translating the Bible.
“Des told Jenny, ‘We finished the
last of Matthew today,’ she replied, ‘What about the first seventeen verses.’
Oh yes. Those uninteresting verses
that told of Jesus’ ancestry back to Abraham. They had to be tackled before he
had really finished the book.
Surprisingly, Sisia [his language
helper] sailed through the long genealogy without a trace of boredom. He made no
comment on the translation as he often did. But when he rose to go, he said
with some deliberation, ‘There’s going to be an important meeting in Nameepi’s
house tonight. I want you to come and bring what we’ve done today.’
Des wondered, What’s he up to?
Why a meeting tonight? Perhaps he wants to celebrate finishing Matthew. But why
does he particularly want me to bring what we’ve translated today?
That night, Des took the lantern
and walked the short distance to Nameepi’s house, just above his own. He walked
into the central room to find it already filled to capacity. Des was conscious
that all eyes were focussed on him. He cleared his throat and began to read:
‘These are the ancestors of Jesus Messiah, a descendant of King David and of
Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac; Isaac was the father of Jacob; Jacob
was the father of Judah and his brothers; Judah was the father of Perez and
people from the other rooms were pushing into the central room. Fofo was so
close that his beard almost touched the written page. Yawo’s arm was rammed
right against Des’.
suddenly felt scared. He had a sense of being crushed. It was not only the
pressure of bodies; it was the uncanny silence. It seemed that not a dog
barked, not a baby cried, not a person released his breath.
So he kept on reading. ‘Matthan was the father
of Jacob; Jacob was the father of Joseph (who was the husband of Mary, the
mother of Jesus the Messiah). There are fourteen generations from Abraham to
King David; and fourteen from King David’s time to the exile in Babylon; and
fourteen from the exile to Christ.
They had heard him out.
Des raised his eyes to look at
those within a breath of his face—and saw, not anger, but incredulity. ‘Why
didn’t you tell us all this before?’ Yaa’a demanded.
Des recoiled instinctively as if
he’d been struck.
‘No-one bothers to write down the
ancestors of spirit beings,’ Fofondai stated.
‘It’s only real people who record
their genealogical table,’ A’aaso added.
‘Jesus must be a real person!’
someone else cried, his voice ringing with astonishment.
‘Jesus must have been a real man on
this earth then. He’s not just white man’s magic.’
‘Then what the mission has taught
us is real.’"
Genealogy has its place. Rav Shaul did warn us not to get too involved in "endless genealogies" (1 Timothy 1:4) them but they serve a purpose.
genealogy in this parashah is about Isaac and Rebekah and how the promised Seed
would descend through Isaac's son Jacob rather than through his older twin
brother Esau.Salvation would come
through Yisrael!Even today I have seen
some Hebrew media that have focused on discrediting the genealogy of Yeshua.
have the benefit of hindsight.And
whilst, in hindsight, we understand that Jacob was the most blessed because salvation
would ultimately come through his descendants, it wouldn’t have been very
obvious to Jacob at the time.
was blessed with, “Therefore may God give you the dew of heaven, the fatness of
the earth” Genesis 27:28.
Esau was blessed with, “Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the
earth,and of the dew of heaven from
the same?Not at all.
Note that Jacob was blessed with living on
the “dew from heaven” FIRST and then the “fatness of the earth” whilst Esau was
blessed with the “fatness of the earth” first and then “dew from heaven”.
“Dew from Heaven” is an act of faith.Will the dew come in the morning or won’t
it?It is reliance on an “unknown”
quantity. Or as Rav Shaul says, the just
shall live by “faith”.
Of course it was Jacob who was given the
greater blessing – even a name change to Yisrael!
But when Esau and Jacob finally met after
decades of separation, it
might not have looked that way.
Jacob was reunited with Esau, Esau refused Jacob’s gifts because he said he had plenty!Esau had four wives, son’s and daughter’s and
had accumulated so much wealth that truly he had been blessed with the “fatness
of the earth”. Esau’s story sounds like
a great life.
Compare that with a couple of decades for
Jacob during which he was tricked, deceived, hunted and damaged.That is what his blessing actually
mumma’s boy had to flee his father’s house for safety.
Jacob found the woman he wanted to marry he was asked to wait and work fourteen
years in total for her.
beloved Rachel was barren for a very difficult period of time.
was a very difficult father in law.
Jacob finally fled from Laban (not unlike he did years earlier), in a rage,
Laban pursued Jacob for seven days.
a fight with God and was made a cripple for the rest of his life.
his favourite wife die in childbirth.
tragic death of his son Joseph … or at least Jacob thought he had died.
that was so bad they had to move to another country…………… and yet, he was
was blessed with one of the most prominent blessings ever recorded in the bible!
So blessed that his name was changed to Yisrael.Our beloved nation of Yisrael.
and scriptures all dedicated to Yisrael the nation.And salvation would come through the Jews.
sometimes mistake being blessed as ‘getting stuff now’- or ‘easy street’.
primary root of the word bless (“barak” Hb), means to kneel down.The primary notion lies in breaking – i.e breaking
down. To be truly “blessed” is to be
brought down to your knees in submission.
was blessed with the dew of heaven first.He was taught to kneel, to be reliant upon the dew of heaven- and then -
ALL the fatness of the earth followed- a great abundance!
said, “Seek first the kingdom
of God and then all these things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:33.
trial’s, perseverance, and patience helped develop the necessary faith required
to receive the eternal blessing promised; and how great was that promise??
comfort is not God’s primary concern for you.The kingdom of God is; Christ likeness is.Be Patient.Trust in His goodness, continue wait in Him.You ARE blessed!