Day 44 – Stepping Stones of History
On: December 14, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“Now Jesus himself was about 30 years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melki, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josek, the son of Joda, the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the son of Melki, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Kenan, the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” [Luke 3:23-38]

Own up! Did you skip through the names above? If you did (I was tempted to … and I’m doing the writing!!), have a read through and pick out some of the names you recognise. Here are mine: Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, who God empowered to rebuild the Jerusalem temple when the Israelites returned from exile (Zechariah 4:6); David – king, adulterer, psalmist – needs no introduction; Boaz, the kindly and generous co-star of the book of Ruth; Abraham, who showed he was prepared to sacrifice his own miraculously conceived son Isaac when commanded to by God … Abraham answered (to his perplexed son) “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering.” (Genesis 22:8); Noah, of ark and rainbow fame (Genesis 9:13); Adam, who, with Eve were the first to explore life on Earth with God; they got it wrong (see Genesis 3) – but then, so do we.

What does this list tell us? That God was working His purposes out through the generations from the beginning of time. And that, in doing so, He used the imperfect lives of those who would follow Him. They are His stepping stones of history.

If I look backwards through the twists and turns of my life, I can see His purposes similarly being worked out. His stepping stones in my life.

And here’s the exciting bit; we are His stepping stones of history today.

Prayer:

Father God, am I really part of your plans for history? Extraordinary. Please help me play my part well. Amen

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