30th July 2015
Who Do You Think You Are? is a BBC TV programme in which celebrities trace their ancestry and discover secrets from their past. Often their discoveries stir up some deep emotions. The programme started in 2004, has run for eleven seasons and has been watched by up to 6 million viewers at a time. Clearly this documentary on genealogies strikes a chord with the general public!
A few months ago I was reading the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1 and was struck again by how flawed Jesus’ background was. His long ancestral line contains quite a few cheats and criminals – hardly the ideal foundation for the Holy One of Israel! So here’s a sample of the embarrassing catalogue of relatives that preceded Jesus…
• Jacob – who cheated his brother out of his father’s blessing
• Judah – who slept with his daughter-in-law Tamar thinking she was a prostitute
• Boaz – whose mother was Rahab the prostitute and married a non-Jewish (Moabite) woman called Ruth
• David – who had an affair with Bathsheba and had her husband killed in an attempt to cover his sin
• Solomon – who started well but ended up worshipping many foreign gods
Some Christian counsellors would have a field day if Jesus made an appointment to see them today! There must be plenty of scope for ‘generational curses’ here. Surely there are some strongholds that need to be broken? Christian counselling has its place and many will benefit enormously from counselling sessions. But there is an important lesson to learn here. None of us need to be limited by our family backgrounds. God is able to take hold of anyone from the most messed up background and use them powerfully.
Malcolm Kyte is an elder of the church and leads the Downham site. He is responsible for the Pastoral Care Team and Safeguarding at King's. Malcolm is married to Cathy and they have three grown up children.
Steve Tibbert is taking study leave and summer holiday and will be back in September.
A quick reminder...
Around 100 young people from King's are getting ready to go to Newday, the large Newfrontiers youth event, which takes place from Monday and throughout next week. Please pray for our young people and the leaders going with them. There will be daily updates from the event on the King's Facebook page and our Twitter feed.
Posted by Malcolm Kyte
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.