EZRA‬ ‭8‬:‭1‬ ‭‬‬

“Here is a list of the family leaders and the genealogies of those who came with me from Babylon during the reign of King Artaxerxes:”

Ezra‬ ‭8‬:‭1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In this passage of genealogies, we take note that, once again, families come to reform Jerusalem. These families are not simply groups of like minded people or even biologically connected people. Instead, the family is seen as small units for God, with their fathers seen as the head of that unit. The decision to change venues was a decision to join an important military operation for God’s kingdom. This was not an undertaking of the Father alone. No, the Father was the leader of a military unit who would tackle this task together. In this light, it is important to note the legacy element, between chapter 2 and chapter 8. Although some names are different, the majority is the same. Between the two chapters, we can see that the militant mindset of viewing the family as a faithful unit in God’s kingdom has passed down enough that children are making the same declarations about their family, as their parents once did. This should be our goal. Families are important in God’s plans.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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