I’ve been working on a little scripture study project. It isn’t anything crazy or special, just stuff I like to do – like artwork and poetry. The drawing is part of a study that I want to eventually paint – based on the scriptures that are listed above: giving Christ’s lineage.
Have you ever sat and thought about the lineage of Christ? I don’t know about you, but when I read the chapters that give the lineage of anyone my eyes begin to glaze over…one begat turns into another. I eventually skip down to where the “good stuff” starts.
However, this last time while studying it, I felt like I wanted to actually learn something – I mean, there has to be a reason that the lineage of Christ is included twice in the gospels. So I sat and actually pondered these verses…
When we understand our heritage, we can understand more about ourselves. I think that this is true for the Savior, too. When we understand His heritage, we begin to learn more about Him. We learn about His culture, perhaps some traits, and even things like his physical look.
On a related note – I have had the opportunity to do a fair amount of family History work. As I’ve completed the work, not only have I felt a stronger connection to my ancestry, I have also come to know more about myself. We are connected. We can know the Savior when we know His heritage.
Christ was the natural and rightful heir to the throne of Israel. Through both his (step)father Joseph and his mother Mary, he would have inherited the throne (if the Romans had not conquered Israel and set up their own governors and kings). Despite the government at that time, Christ was the King of Israel, literally.
Christ was born in the covenant. He was able to fulfill all righteousness and the entire will of His Father. He is the rightful heir to all that His Father, our Heavenly Father has.
Even those “begat” verses can teach us something!
Oh…and finally…a little poem
Judah’s bough sags:
Begetting the King—
Humbly glorious: His majesty appears no different than any other
Begetting the Covenant—
Everlasting promise of sweetness
Begetting the Firstborn—
The pleasure of Him who planted the
Ancient and current;
Roots, stem, limbs,
Tentacle through dirt,
wind, and time—