Growing Older and Forever Young
An Invitation to War

Legacy - The Eleventh Day of Advent


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"He asked you for life; you gave it to him—
length of days forever and ever." - from Psalm 21

For more generations than not, a person's life was measured by his or her legacy. It did not end with the grave; it continued through generations. Thus, from the book of Genesis and, even with nods in two of the synoptic gospels, genealogy is noted without concern for a few gaps or glosses. The point is established, that, among the fathers and mothers, there runs a common thread that expands at the bottom and the top.

Life goes on through our descendants and has been passed on from our antecedents, branching in all directions.

Life is a gift from God and our ancestors

Our enduring significance is what we pass on.

That is why Abraham was so concerned as reflected in his dialogue with YHWH.

Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” 

But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” 

He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 

He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other, but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him. Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know this for certain, that your offspring shall be aliens in a land that is not theirs and shall be slaves there, and they shall be oppressed for four hundred years, but I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. As for yourself, you shall go to your ancestors in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates.