As Jacob (the son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham) was about to pass on
from this life, he gathered his sons together and blessed them. Yet within
the blessings, he also summarized his opinion of their lives: the good,
the bad and the ugly. Who but a father knows the very nature of each of us?
(Though we may not always want to hear it from him directly…)
So to his son Judah, Jacob said, “You, Judah, shall your brothers praise –
your hand on the neck of your enemies;” Gn 49:2, 8-10
Now, remember, Judah was in the ancestral line of Jesus,
as Matthew describes the lineage up to Joseph, Jesus’ step-father.
And it was from Judah’s line that King David was born.
But remember, that Mary, who was the blood mother of Jesus,
was also descendant in the line of Judah.
Thus the lineage from Judah to Jesus stands.
Can you just imagine knowing your ancestry some 50 generations back!
I’ve got the names back to my great grandfather. But that’s about it.
Yes, some people do exert exorbitant energy learning the ancestry,
but in the end, we can all say that we’re descendants of Noah,
we’re descendants of Adam, and we’re children of God,
and that’s a long way back!!!!
And it couldn’t be any BETTER
(no matter what happened in-between)!
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