Genealogies and Covenant
©March 21, 2009 Asher Intrater
One of the greatest moments in biblical history was the early period of Solomon's temple in all of its splendor. There were 4 key leaders at the time:
The head of the government was King Solomon, who was David's son by Bat Sheva. It seems strange that it was her son who should rule. David had many wives, including the godly Avigail. Bat Sheva was involved with David in the most infamous case of adultery in the history of man.
The high priest was Tsadok, descendant of Aaron. (From Tsadok is derived the name Saducee [Tsaduki, literally], and the phrase "sons of Zadok"). The outstanding event in Aaron's life was his involvement in the golden calf, the greatest case of idolatry in history.
The worship leader, and director of the prophetic ministry (I Chronicles 25:1, 5), was Heman (I Chronicles 6:33, 15:17). Heman's dad was Joel; his granddad was Samuel the prophet. Joel's only claim to fame in the Bible was that he did not follow the Lord (I Samuel 8:2-3). Although Samuel did not succeed in raising his sons in the faith, God was faithful to continue his spiritual heritage through his grandson.
In addition, both Samuel and Heman were descendants of Korah. Korah led the worst case of rebellion in history, so bad that the Bible records that the ground opened up and swallowed him and his family alive directly into the fires of hell (Numbers 16). Yet at least one of Korah's sons survived and from them came the great psalmists known as the "sons of Korah" (Psalms 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 84, 85, 87, 88).
The head of the finances was Shelomith (I Chronicles 26:26-28). This Shelomith was the 7th generation descendant of Moses (I Chronicles 23:18, 24:22, 26:24-25)! It seemed strange that Moses, perhaps the greatest human hero of the Bible (Deuteronomy 34:10, Hebrews 3:2) didn't have a covenant heir to carry on his legacy. But that was not true.
God gathered all the money in Egypt during the famine at the time of Joseph (Genesis 47:14). Much of the money was then repossessed by the Israelite slaves at the Exodus (Exodus 12:35). That money, in addition to the donations of all the prophets, kings and generals of Israel, was handed over to Moses' seed.
I Chronicles 26:26
The genealogies in the Bible are not for the purpose of ethnic pride (Luke 3:8), nor for intellectual arguments (I Timothy 1:4). However they do show the faithfulness of God to His covenant partners. God's grace overcame the adultery of Bat Sheva, the idolatry of Aaron, and the rebellion of Korah to restore their destinies in the lives of their descendants.
God was faithful to Moses, even though it took 7 generations to manifest. A human can only be faithful for one generation at best. God established covenant to continue His faithfulness over more than one generation, even eternally.
That's why He is the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. It took three generations of humans even to establish the concept of covenant. I shared this recently together with my brothers at the Tikkun International (Dan Juster, Eitan Shishkoff, and Don Finto), where our ministry cooperation is now going into its third generation.
Whoever you are, your family and ancestors have a divine destiny. Even if none of your ancestors have walked in that destiny, you can "pick it up" wherever and whenever you choose. The covenant is eternal. We Messianic Jews desire to choose the covenant destiny given to our patriarchs and prophets, even if it has lain dormant for 2,000 years. It is our inheritance "for the taking".
When you add to the examples above the addition of the New Covenant, you find that John the Baptist was a descendant of Aaron the priest (Luke 1:5), Saul of Tarsus (Apostle Paul) a descendant of King Saul (Romans 11:1, Philippians 3:5); and Joseph (the adopting father of Jesus) a descendant of King David (Matthew 1:16).
The history of the Jewish people is replete with sin, rebellion and stubbornness. If God can be faithful to our people, He certainly will be to anyone who chooses to believe, to make covenant and to walk in their spiritual inheritance. If we will be even a little faithful to God, He will be eternally faithful to us.
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