Scott Hoezee

Read: Matthew 1:1-6

. . . and Jesse the father of David the king. (v. 6)

When I was little and we visited friends of my parents, I frequently saw on a coffee table what used to be called “the family Bible.” On the first page of such Bibles there was a family tree with blank spaces for a family to fill in the names for grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts, cousins, and children. I recall wondering why people did that with a Bible. What does any one family have to do with Scripture?

Upon reflection, though, I suspect we all sense what such Bibles represented. God’s love affair with the human race has always been a family affair. It started with Abraham and continued with his descendants. Above all it included Israel’s greatest king, David. From his line one day would come no less than the Messiah. What’s more, the New Testament reveals that even people from outside Israel would be saved by virtue of getting adopted into this big family. Abraham’s family, David’s family, Jesus’ family: it would become our family.

Those family Bibles, then, were a way of locating the Smith family or the Owens family in precisely that grand biblical lineage of grace. What’s more, with Jesus as the climax of the family tree in Matthew, we know that we are correct to see him as our big brother as well as our Lord and Master. And that is a heritage of grace worth celebrating in Advent and at all times!

—Scott Hoezee

Prayer: Thank you, O God, for adopting us, for making us family. Amen.