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Background music attribution: The O’Neill Brothers Group, The Holly & The Ivy from Joyous Christmas Carols on Piano
To the people of Israel “is the adoption to sonship;
theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law,
the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs,
and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah,
who is God over all, forever praised. Amen” (Romans 9:4-5).
God called Abram out of Ur. He later promised a son to the aged Abram and Sarai. Through covenant, God would bring forth a nation from the familial line to bless all the world. For from the seed of this one man, God would birth the Redeemer of the world.
The Deliverer of the Nations would come from the lineage of Israel’s patriarchs-of-promise, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. A Deliverer whose very redemption would ransom a people for God—to become the family of God.
God prepared a place, a people, and a nation. His purposes eternally planned readied to unfold.
All things for the coming of the world’s Savior, prepared by God, waited for the fullness of time.
Salvation was coming . . . through a line divinely prepared.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship (Galatians 4:4-5).
The promises and covenants were made.
A bloodline was prepared.
From one family would come one global family.
It was a God-prepared lineage—
Prepared by promise;
Prepared by covenant;
Prepared by blessing.
That prepared family is laid out for all to see in the gospel’s genealogies (Matthew 1, Luke 3), as all foretold in the unfurling Story of God in Scripture.