Bloodlines and Families

Matthew 4:18-20

18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

There is one unmistakable lesson we could gather from this passage: God calls us by families. When He thinks of us, He lumps us together with our family units.

We can see this from Genesis to Revelation. Everytime the name of Abraham is brought up, Isaac and Jacob’s names tag along. When Moses was commissioned to deliver Israel, his sister Miriam and brother Aaron were in the picture.

When Elizabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist, it was her relative Mary who bore baby Jesus in her womb. Many of us actually forget this significant connection: Jesus and John were cousins. They knew each other since they were kids.

Then in the verses above, we have brothers Peter and Andrew. Few sentences later, we also see James and John, the sons of Zebedee. Finally, when the history of the world finally closes down in the book of Revelation, some of the last snapshots we will see are the tribes of Israel, worshiping God around His throne.

Coincidence? I don’t think so.