Thursday, 15 April 2010

It's Who You Know

I started the the book of Matthew and dutifully read in the first chapter down through the line of Jesus. I was struck by the many big names in his ancestry - Abraham, Issac, Jacob - the "Big Three", and Boaz and Ruth (everybody's favorite girl) and Rahab (everybody's favorite bad girl gone good). But it doesn't end there! There was of course David, who was like the person in the Bible everyone would most like to be and his "oh yea, I'm the smartest" son Solomon. I wasn't really surprised by such a stellar lineage, I mean, after all, we're talking Jesus here.

But then the last entry in this family tree hit me.

Joseph!

Joseph?

Wait a minute, there wasn't a drop of this great line of people in Jesus' blood. All those good genes gone to waste on Joseph.

Then I got it. All those people of faith, all those blessed and brilliant and beloved people were poured into Joseph so he could raise Jesus.

Foster and adopted kids don't often have a lot of "Who's Who" in their background. You might find their great grandparents on a prison roster more often then on a commemorative plaque.

But God gives us an incredible spiritual heritage so that we can raise these kids. We can give them more than status- we can give them more than security or privilege or things. We can give them a hope for an eternity with God.

And their names can be added to a long spiritual family line as they tell their kids, and their kids and on and on.

8 comments:

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

Kate, I have thought of this often, too. How Joseph was Jesus's father in every since of the word except biologically. And what a great man he must have been to have been called of God to raise his only Begotten Son! Great post. :)

Anonymous said...

Kate, Well said I adopted one and soon to hope to adopt the second one after 2 1/2 yrs. I LOVE this post and your blog for that matter. I usually don't write stuff, but love your heart for these children.

Richelle
PA

Vickie said...

What a great post! I LOVE the analogy between then and what we do with our adopted children. I've never thought of it this way before now...awesome!

.Pj said...

I love it! What a responsibility and privilege that was placed upon Joseph. Great reminder. Thank you.

Halfmoon Girl said...

I loved what you had to say here!

jen said...

Beautiful.

crzy4myfam said...

I just started reading your blog and I have to say...I love this post! I myself am adopted. We have adopted one son and are working on a sibling group of 9. This was such a great eye opener!

Blessings to you all!
Rebecca

Vickie said...

How awesome, Rebecca. I wish I could find a sibling group of 9 to adopt. Congratulations!!! God's Blessings.