I learned a while ago that one of the best ways for me to see the heart and nature of God is to read the Old Testament. But sometimes I get a surprise look into his tender mercies when I read a scripture from the New Testament.
For example, the other day I read Luke 3. It recounts the events of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist. But it was the last sixteen verses that had me enthralled. I’ve always rushed through the genealogies. But this time my heart was searching for something. Some tangible connection to God.
Then I found it!
Luke 3:38 “Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God”.
This verse in itself doesn’t paint the entire picture, though. But maybe the first verse will enlighten you.
Luke 3:23 “And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli…”
If you read the entire sixteen verses you will see the connection. Then you will discover how you fit into this genealogy. But I understand that the Holy Spirit has to reveal the connection to you. It is pretty powerful stuff for sure.
Learning who God is has been my mission ever since I recognized that he is my father in every way. As I learn who I am I’m discovering whose I am. The revelation is startling. And it certainly brings me a lot of peace. Dare I say much joy!
Scripture Reference: Luke 3:1–38.