28th December 2018

God is the Registrar

“An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”
Matthew 1:1 (NRSV)

Over the years I have read through the Bible on a number of occasions using different programs including chronological order, daily selections from the Old and New Testaments, etc. It is about finding a pattern that suits you and being disciplined to the 15 minutes a day to compete the readings. However, no matter what the system, the genealogies always get a cursory reading. I, like many others, speed read or skip over it. Yet the Bible writers inspired by the Spirit in both Testaments regarded it important that we have these lists. Matthew and Luke felt it important that the early church have a record of Jesus’ lineage.

In more recent times there has been an increase in people tracing their genealogy and also doing DNA genetic testing to find out about their heritage. We also have programmes on TV like ‘Who do you think you are?’ which reveals some secrets of the past for the guest. On another programme we see these tests used to determine paternity for the children in question. These examples tell us that identity, history and recognition are all important to who we are.

At this time of year many will focus on Jesus – reading and enacting the nativity story, singing carols and getting together. It remains vitally important to remember who Jesus really is and also who we are. Matthew’s genealogy links Jesus back to Abraham which connects us to the God of covenant, promise and faithfulness who said, “… and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). Paul picks up the theme confirming our lineage and identity in one of his epistles. “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29).

I would conclude that our names are therefore included in the genealogical table, as we are children of God. Our genealogy is a rich and diverse tapestry in which each of us has a special place because we were chosen, known and remembered by God. Each name tells stories of God’s involvement, love and vision for humanity as a whole and me as a person. God is the Registrar whose hand is actively involved in writing and keeping the genealogical records.

Prayer
As we pray, we call you Father because our life flows from you. Thank you that we are chosen and you call us by name.
Amen

Study by David Gibbs
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About the Author:
David Gibbs in an Elder and Pastoral Worker for Grace Communion International in Central England and South Wales.

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Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
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