Adversary is adept at separating us from our past. He wants to keep us from understanding our origins so we can never quite grasp our destiny. If

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Albert J. McCarn April 15, 2022Joined by the BloodOur Adversary is adept at separating us from our past. He wants to keep us from understanding our origins so we can never quite grasp our destiny. If we don’t know our past, we are more prone to repeat the mistakes of our fathers and mothers, and less likely to appropriate the blessings of our heritage. In that sense, we become like Esau, a foolish man ignorant of his heritage who lived only for the present and willingly surrendered his destiny for a bowl of soup.
Albert J. McCarn April 15, 2022Joined by the BloodOur Adversary is adept at separating us from our past. He wants to keep us from understanding our origins so we can never quite grasp our destiny. If we don’t know our past, we are more prone to repeat the mistakes of our fathers and mothers, and less likely to appropriate the blessings of our heritage. In that sense, we become like Esau, a foolish man ignorant of his heritage who lived only for the present and willingly surrendered his destiny for a bowl of soup.
This is why I cherish my family’s story. My Scottish ancestors established their permanent presence in America in 1746, in the very same year the English forever extinguished the hope of the Scots to have one of their own as king. My ancestors were among thousands who deemed it better to seek the promise of life and redemption in the New World than remain under oppression in the land of their birth.Every family has stories like that. We have all been uprooted so much over the eons that we have become rootless vagabonds who really don’t know who we are. That is why our Creator offers us new identities in His Covenant Kingdom. This is a curious and difficult things to understand and accept. Too often we see it in absolutes, as in the Jewish people must somehow become Gentiles to embrace the Messiah of Israel, or that we Gentiles must somehow become Jewish because the Messiah we follow is Jewish. That’s what provokes the enmity that has raged among us for millennia, to the hurt of us all.

Paul’s observations in the Christian scriptures have been very useful in my ponderings about how to heal that enmity. The apostle makes a connection of Messiah to the Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7-8). That was a revolutionary thought for me. The blood of the Passover Lamb provided the covering over the homes of the ancient Hebrews and those gathered with them so the judgment of death passed from their doors. The Christian scriptures explain how Messiah’s blood serves the same purpose. The Hebrews who put the lamb’s blood on their doors, and the Egyptians and others who gathered with them, made the same choice my Scottish ancestors made: they walked away from destruction and walked into a future where there was nothing certain except the promise of life.

This is the story of humanity. Whatever we have been, our Redeemer offers something new if we enter covenant with Him. Having entered that covenant by faith, I look on the ancient drama of Israel in Egypt as part of my own story. Whether we are related by blood is not as important as the fact that we are covered by the Blood. That is the eternal identity we have sought ever since our first ancestors bartered it away in the garden of Eden. It is the identity that truly unites all humanity.

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