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A Vertical Covenant

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‘Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; and Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; and Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; and Salmon begat Booz of Rachab … ‘  ~ Matthew 1  


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

If anything else, the Framers (I do not employ the term Founding Fathers out of respect for those who actually established American culture and society out of a forboding wilderness a century and a half before the Philadelphia Convention) most certainly were not shortsighted.  The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution bears witness to their foresight.  Sadly, it is quite easily missed–I failed to notice it until a few years back–but their concern for securing the blessings of liberty were not limited to themselves and their countrymen which surrounded them.  They specifically mentioned their posterity–their children and subsequent generations.  In essence, they were inking their concern for those, most of whom, they would never see.

Jon and I discussed this a bit as we slid a couple of greasy, 1/4 pound burgers down our throats at the Chicken Oil Company the other day.  Much like the society at large in which we must live, Christians often fail to look very far into the future.  Sadly, most of us pass away with very little to leave to our spouses or children.

That is something we should give a great deal of prayerful consideration to–but my hope is that we would not limit the scope of the benefits of the covenantal relationship.  God has called us to thoughtfully and lovingly consider our people not just in terms of children and grandchildren, but several generations down the line.  After all, He thought of us before Creation!

A good man leaves an inheritance to his chilren’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.  

There are many reasons to wisely shepherd the resources God has bestowed upon us.  Frugality and saving our money can assist us in weathering difficult economic times, providing adequately for our families’ needs, preparing for our own care once we are, due to age or infirmity, unable to care for ourselves, and sharing with and assisting others in need.  And importantly, wise financial dealings and savings can assist those who come after us in embarking upon their married life, purchasing a home, or meeting medical payments.

Leaving an inheritance for our children’s children–extending the vertical nature of the covenant family–is well worth considering.  As the old saying goes, ‘You can’t take it with you.’  But we don’t have to spend it all up before we go.


In a recent USA To-day survey, 44% of the respondents agreed with the statement, ‘Christians get on my nerves.’ Wow, I didn’t realise that many people knew me!






I’m voting for the Geek-in-Chief.





For the first time in 550 years, Christianity inside Turkey is growing in numbers and influence. But its recent growth comes at a high price: since February 2006, radicalised Muslims [sic] have killed five Christians—the kind of cold-blooded martyrdom not seen in decades.’





The War Party has a bit of egg on its face now that the official story regarding The Great Iranian Bass Boat Incident is beginning to unravel. The alarm should now be raised as to the danger posed by those who are clamoring rabidly for any excuse to rush headlong into yet another war.   It is more frightening when we consider that this sort of ploy has worked before.





A slowdown in economic growth, coupled with higher inflation and unemployment and loans to people who have bad credit, will continue to plague companies this year, said Edgar Peters, who oversees $25 billion as chief investment officer of Boston-based PanAgora Asset Management.’





The intellectual gymnastics and logical contortionism evolutionists put themselves through in their (futile) efforts to fit their square theory into a round hole never ceases to amaze me.





[W]hat if Iranian ships were in the Gulf of Mexico, on some pretext or other – say, keeping the sea lanes open for the transport of material deemed necessary to Iran’s “national security” – how would we feel about it? What, we would want to know, are Iranian ships doing a few miles from American shores?’





All I can say about this is, ‘A-haw-haw-haw-haw!  Have mercy




I really like this song–but the video is an all-time classic! 


Written by ninepoundhammer

January 12, 2008 at 6:05 pm

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  1. I love to sing a song to Isaac called “Matthew’s Begats”, written by Andrew Peterson. Believe it or not, the vertical covenant has a catchy tune.


    January 12, 2008 at 11:37 pm

  2. […] have posted and commented a few times regarding the obligation we have been given to provide an inheritance for our children and to do our […]

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