January 18, 2005

Heritage

Not having new information on the Hughes family, I have decided to look at what the Bible has to say about genealogy and/or descendants. We know that God must place some importance on genealogy as He had the lineage of many recorded in His word. He also, gave us the lineage of His son, Jesus.

In the book of Proverbs, we are told that "A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches." When we study those who came before us, we get a picture of the life they lived and the name that they passed on to us. We are also reminded that we have a responsibility to avoid disgracing the name that will be passed down to our children.

A very interesting and important verse in the new testament is Galatians 3:29. It refers only to Christians and those of you who are believers may want to focus on this verse. It reads, "And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs accordig to the promise." So, in a spiritual sense, both Jews and Christians may trace their ancestry back to Abraham. Why is this so significant? It means that all those wonderful promises in the old testament as well as the new apply to all who believe in the Lord Jesus. Read Isaiah 44. A part of it is on my home page: I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring...Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God." Isaiah 44:3b-6

While we know that we do not inherit salvation, that is, everyone must repent and believe for himself/herself, still there is much to be said for having a Christian heritage. It is a great gift that we can pass on to our children and our children's children. As we dig into our past we find those who were influential in the spiritual development of our country. Some preached the word, some donated land on which churches were built, some may have helped with the actual construction of the building. May we continue to keep the freedom to worship a reality for our children as our forefathers did for us.

Posted by JHSGran at January 18, 2005 09:29 PM
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