There are some pretty messed up families in the Bible. I mean REALLY messed up. Here is a list of just a few.
1. One man blamed his wife for something that they BOTH did, which caused both of them to be evicted from their home.
2. One man offered up his daughters to a mob of angry men to appease them.
3. One man lied about his wife to another man, which caused a plague to come over his entire household.
4. One family had two sons. His father loved the first son more, while his mother loved the other more. The mother lied and tricked her husband, so her beloved son would get the family blessing and inheritance that was owed to his favorite son.
5. One family took their father's favorite son and sold him into slavery. SLAVERY.
6. One man stole one of his best friend's wives, had his best friend killed, and then married her.
Sometimes I feel that we, as a world, have fallen deeper into sin each and every day. The reality of it all is that we are no different than any other generation. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But there is something really neat about these passages that really strikes me. It is this that I would like to share with you today.
Everybody I know has a messed up family. There are none of us that have not been affected by sin, anger, jealousy, or even divorce. Every one of our families has been struck by the maladies of selfishness, idolatry, and evil. You are not alone in feeling overwhelmed by the world and its evils.
But joy comes in the morning. The families in the Bible were pretty messed up, but I also see something incredible. These men and women didn't give up on serving God and it was counted upon them as righteousness.
The first man was Adam, the father of humanity. He is remembered as one who walked with God. The second is Lot, a man spared death because of his righteousness. The third man was Abraham, the father of faith and of the faithful. The fourth family is the family of Jacob and Esau. Jacob would go on to be the father of the 12 tribes of Israel. The fifth family was the family of Joseph. A man of faith and godly judgment that eventually saved his family from starvation. The sixth man is David. King David is later referred to as a man after God's own heart.
Do you see what I see? It doesn't matter how bad your past is. It doesn't matter how messed up your family is. You can still be a great man or woman of God if you choose to follow Him. Your family and their actions do not define you. You choose to follow God and He will guide you.
You may be sold into slavery, blamed for something you didn't do, or lied to. But you do not have to compromise who you are. Serve God and your family.
As for you and your house, choose to serve the Lord.