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Family connections and religion
by Kevin Mackey
Aug 11, 2013 | 487 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I like doing research and family research is just one of those areas in which I like doing that. There is the idea that, “To know where we are going requires that we know from where we came.” In the realm of religion that has some value. Sadly, there are some people that think they came from monkeys, and have been doing their very level best to prove they are animals.

The Bible, on the other hand, tells us that man came from God. Specifically, the first couple of chapters of Genesis tell us that God created man from the dirt of the ground, and breathed into him Life. It tells us that we were created in God’s own image as well. It would be well, that by knowing these facts, that we would be seeking to return to God.

When we speak of family research, we often use the phrase “genealogical research” to describe the search for our ancestors. It is easier for some than others for many reasons like having a common surname such as Smith, or Jones in the Anglo lines or Gonzales or Rodriguez in the Hispanic. It is interesting in that the New Testament talks about family relationships as it speaks of our father being the one we obey, God or the devil (John 8:31-47).  If God is our father, we should seek his pleasure and be obedient to Him.

Often, an even greater hurdle than having a common name is if you were adopted, and did not know your birth family or birth name. Then you don’t have even the simplest information from which to start a search. While I am adopted, I do know my birth name, my birth–parent’s names, and even almost all my brothers and sisters and have been able to trace that like back to 1650 in the United States. The Bible talks of adoption as well, as it speaks of those that are led by God’s Spirit and suffer with Him as being the adopted child of God and that they are fellow heir’s with Jesus.

“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” Romans 8:14-16 (NAS).

Both Matthew and Luke give the genealogies of Jesus to show He descended from the line of Judah and King David.

That was important as it was prophesied that the Messiah/Christ would be in the Lineage of David and sit on the throne of David. For a priest under the Mosaic law, it was required that you prove your lineage to Levi, and even closer, to Aaron the first High Priest.

Today, I see people trying to depend on their “lineage” in the realm of religion, when God has declared that we must stand on our own, being judged for what we ourselves have said and done 1 Peter 1:17.

Several years ago, a lady came with her daughter to church services in Hico and made a big deal over her father having been an elder in the past of that congregation. Others have taken security in their father having been a preacher or some other ancestor being a preacher in the past.

In a manner, it matters only who is YOUR father. Jesus said all the family research you need is to look at your own deeds, and they will tell you if you are the adopted child of God. Can we help you be adopted by God this week?
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