Scripture is a living witness to that covenant family, full of the colorful stories of faith and failure and quirky personalities that characterize God's people.
Trusting and believing this assurance from Isaiah may challenge us today just as it would have challenged those who had gotten accustomed to life in exile. That’s why it’s helpful to envision ourselves in the long, winding lineage of God’s people, seeing the connections to the past and the way God has led others before us.
When we read the genealogies of the Bible, it’s like counting the rings on the Tree of Life, giving us a vivid picture of just how long and how thoroughly God has remained faithful, generation to generation.
The kinds of stories we tell about ourselves matter, and the story patterns that control and direct our lives are powerful forces.