day 3: roots

THE READINGS FOR DAY 3:

Genesis 12:1-3; 2 Samuel 7:1-17; Matthew 1:1-17

VERSES SELECTED FROM EACH:

“Nowthe 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.” – Genesis 12:1-2

“Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel.  And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.'” – 2 Samuel 7:8-9

“So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon tothe Christ fourteen generations.” – Matthew 1:17

SOME THOUGHTS:

His plan is so EPIC.  He is always doing so much more than we can see…from generations past, in our generation, to generations that will follow us.  these men did not see the greatness promised in the days they walked this earth.  but these men became great in an even greater story of a man who left His greatness to save…us.  it is amazing to remember that God Himself stepped into our world of HIStory through the lineage of humankind…a very sordid line in fact (full of liars, deceivers, prostitutes, adulterers, murderers, and outcasts to name a few).  From the most unexpected places and people He brings greatness…good news: Jesus…a carpenter from a dusty little town…the savior of all humankind.  it is amazing that He would not only save us but unite Himself to us.  amazing that He makes such extraordinary promises to ordinary men that will simply trust Him.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION/APPLICATION:

even when we don’t see it now, do we believe He is a God who is working out something GREAT?  Will we trust Him, even in the ordinary, and be a part of the extraordinary that He is doing?

BREATH PRAYER (a very short prayer we can say through out the day):

thank you Lord that you make the ordinary extraordinary

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