Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 2:18-4:8 / Romans 10:5-11:10 / Proverbs 18:7-16
Have you ever made or seen a “family tree”, tracing your family history? It is interesting to see the connections from one family member to another. Some family trees have straight trunks with average branches while others are crooked and have many shoots coming out of their branches.
Every tree uniquely reflects marriages, children, divorces and deaths. David’s family tree is a wild one with a lot of twists and turns. “These six were born to David in Hebron, where he reigned seven years and six months.” (1 Chron. 3:4) All of the six sons listed in these first 3 verses had different mothers. These mothers were the wives David married and concubines he took into his home.
David’s tree imploded with more children when he reigned in Jerusalem 33 years. He had an additional 9 children and 4 from another wife, Bathsheba. It’s interesting to note only the sons are listed except for one daughter, Tamar. This is highly unusual but there is a reason for her prominence in the family tree. David’s oldest son, Amnon, sexually abused and raped Tamar, his half sister. That incident caused a ripple effect of hatred, bitterness, rebellion and murder within David’s family.
All we read in a family tree is names but each name represents a person with a story. Their impact on the tree and the life of others is immense. What we don’t read in this passage is David’s response to Amnon and the rest of the son’s atrocities. David did not discipline his sons and they created havoc in his family, kingdom and personal life.
David failed to prune the branches of his family tree and it began to grow out of control. Some of his sons followed in his righteous footsteps while others rebelled.
David cannot be blamed for his son’s sins, they answered for their own trespasses yet David’s legacy would be reflected by his life and family's life. We must be faithful to care for the family tree. It is imperative that we live a Godly and Christ like life. A family tree never dies and just like our legacy…it doesn’t die with us, it lives on!