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2 Kings 17:33 So they worshiped the Lord but also served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away.
Do you detect a strong dose of irony here? This is the same complaint the prophets made against Israel and Judea again and again: ignoring divine warnings, worshiping false idols. This all sounds so familiar.
In the story of the family of Jesus, we hear again about this ugly family history and see Jesus bring about a surprising kind of reconciliation: The Good Samaritan of Jesus’ parable becomes a model for love of neighbor and enemy alike. In John’s Gospel, Jesus stops at a well to share good news with a Samaritan woman and her entire community. In Acts, Philip and the Holy Spirit fill the cities of Samaria with “the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ” (8:12).
MOVING FORWARD: How might God be calling you to enter into your own family’s experiences of estrangement to bring about reconciliation?