Wisdom's Corner
He Started a Family

Many families can trace their genealogies back several generations. They may name a particular person who lived many years before as having started their family.

The Jews were like that. They liked to trace their families back to Abraham. They did this because he is the one to whom God gave a very special promise. God said that his descendants would be very many and that they would be God's people.

Christ came to earth to give the new law. He nailed the old law to the cross. And Christ fulfilled all of the prophecies of the old testament. Christ was one of Abraham's descendants. But Christ would bring other people besides Jews to God. His family would include Jews and Gentiles.

In Hebrews 2:10 we read, "For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." By dying and being raised from the dead, Christ made it possible for all people to be sons of God.

It is interesting that the word in our verse for "captain" had several ways it was used in normal language during the first century. One of its uses was to indicate a person who started a family. So those to whom the book of Hebrews was written would even better understand that Christ was God and that there was a new family of God, the church. It included Jews and Gentiles.

You should read and study the Bible to make sure you know how to be a part of God's family. There is nothing better than being part of a good family. And there is no better family than the family of God.

Some other verses to see in connection with this are Ephesians 3:14-15,19; Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21.

Until next time, keep reading your Bible. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 1999

Published by The Old Paths Bible School