Day 1

The Branch of the Lord

from the The Genealogy of Jesus reading plan

Exodus 4:22, Deuteronomy 7:7-9, Jeremiah 23:3-5, Isaiah 4:2, Isaiah 11:1-2, Isaiah 11:10, Isaiah 53:1-5

BY She Reads Truth

Start each day by reading the passages listed above. Then use the summary and reflection provided here to guide discussion around the daily reading.

The root running through the Old Testament is one of God making, calling, redeeming, and keeping a people for Himself—a physical people called to be a blessing to the world. This family tree would bring about the branch that would be the world’s salvation: Jesus who grafted us into a spiritual family.

As you start this plan, think about what the idea of family means to you. Family may look like the people you’re related to or friends who have surrounded you in close community. How do your thoughts about and experiences of family affect how you see yourself as a part of God’s family? 

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148 thoughts on "The Branch of the Lord"

  1. Vickie Tarter says:

    Family is something that comes from working and trying to work together in all of the hard times. I have a wonderful family around me and it makes me want to grow and see what branches I can bloom in my future.

  2. Emily Leonard says:

    My blood family was broken when my mom passed away. God has been good to us in giving us a wonderful step mom. I am learning more about what God family and what it is like. When we get to heaven, we will experience a perfect family

  3. Cassy Funkhouser says:

    ❤️ family has always been a painful word for me. My blood family and I are not close. I did not grow up with the best of parents, and my siblings and I are unfortunately not close either. For me, family has meant betrayal. I have always longed for family. The Lord has been faithful to provide me with people who have wrapped me up in their arms, showing me the love of the Father. While I still hurt and long for the day when my blood family is reconciled and following Christ, I am grateful for the spiritual family He has gifted me.

  4. Madison Strand says:

    Family is part of the solid foundation I stand on to help me get through each day. God, relatives, and friends all make up what I would consider my family. My experiences with Earthly family do give me a glimpse at just how much God loves me. I will always remember my Dad telling me that he loves me so much, he would do anything for me, but God loves me even more than he does & that was hard to wrap his mind around. Now that I have my own little family, I understood what my dad had said all those years ago. I love my husband and my daughter so incredibly much, but God loves them even more.

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