Many years ago I was preparing a message about the sinfulness of man. As an illustration, I began thinking through my own family. I not only thought about my immediate family, but also thought through the previous generations I knew about and cousins and second cousins and third cousins. I then listed all of the "sins" and sinful consequences I knew about. It was a long list. Drug use, imprisonment, depression, suicide, divorce, etc., etc., and etc.
The point was that we can all find black sheep in our families. There isn't one of us who isn't touched and affected by sin. It is what it is. The reality is that Er is a part of Jesus family tree. Jesus was born in the lineage of David and Judah. Even Jesus was related to a lot of Black Sheep.
We don't get to choose our family tree, but we can all choose to bloom where we are planted.
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