Fruit of the Spirit
“Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”Genesis 12:1-3
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So where do you fit in on your family tree? Where does your family really come from? It seems there is a growing fascination with the study of genealogy and genetic makeup. A variety of online services offer to explore the branches of your family tree for you; still others use DNA tests to tell you where your ancestors once lived.
The Old Testament contains a number of prophecies concerning the family tree of the coming Savior. At the same time God called Abram to leave his country and go to a land that God would show him, the Father also promised Abram that his family would bless the whole world. God repeats this promise to Abram (now Abraham) when Abraham was willing to give up his only son, Isaac. “And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, ‘By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice’” (Genesis 22:15–18).
The very first words of the New Testament connect the birth of Jesus directly back to this Old Testament prophecy: “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1). The promises made throughout the Old Testament were fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ. Paul also acknowledges this fulfillment of the prophecy: “To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen” (Romans 9:5).