Sometimes I look at this world and just cringe. It seems like so many have lost their way entirely, that the truth of God’s Word has been completely lost among most people. And this might very well be true. But it’s also true that there have been messed-up, dysfunctional families for a long, long time.
The Bible reading that I did today included just such a dysfunctional family. It is the family of one of the Patriarchs, Jacob, also known as Israel. Go ahead and read about them in Genesis 29 and 30. Seriously, their family was a complete mess! Jacob ended up marrying two sisters, who then competed with each other for Jacob’s children and his love. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they both gave Jacob yet another wife each by giving him their servant girls for a wife — all so that they could compete with each other even more. This family probably could have fit well on a modern trashy talk show.
But what’s the conclusion? Are we to assume that God somehow approves of this behavior because the Patriarchs in the Old Testament did it? Absolutely not! No, these examples of human beings and their sinfulness is another reminder that God accomplishes great things even through terrible sinners. One of Jacob’s sons, of course, Judah, was the ancestor of Jesus himself, who would come to redeem us and all the world from our sin. Only our God can take ugly, dysfunctional sinners and make them into a blessing for all people. Thanks be to him!