June 9, 2011 § 6 Comments

lineage |ˈlinē-ij|

Descent in a line from a common progenitor; progeny; race;
descending line of offspring or ascending line of parentage.
Relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption.
Hereditary pattern, succession, etc.

 It had been prophesied for over half a millennium that a Messiah was coming. That He would be from the line of David, and that He would be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” The Jews were waiting and watching for Him. Little did they know that He would arise from king David’s lineagenot through blood, but as an adopted son. 

Irene Rosella Switzer (Kaiser)

 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”  Isaiah 9:6-7 

Margaret Elaine Rawlings (Gilroy)

The New Testament books of Matthew and Luke record Jesus as being a descendant of King David via his adoptive father Joseph (not though his birthmother Mary.) This is God’s heart on adoption at it’s pinnacle!

Elsie Fern Zook (Shaum)

I want our child to experience this very same acceptance into our family tree: That from the beginning babyzook is a Zook and a Switzer (a Switzook?) Grafted into our family tree, babyzook will hold our heritage and continue our legacy just as if they were ours by birth.

“A graft is one thing attached to another by insertion or implantation so it becomes part of it; a splice is the joining of two things end-to-end to make a new whole…To transplant or implant (living tissue, for example) surgically into a bodily part…To join or unite closely” (

As a new heart to a transplant recipient beats and becomes one with them, so an adopted child will join us and become as vital to our family as any of our original parts have been!

babyzook-we’ll sit you on our knee and tell you your genealogical story. About your kinfolk the Zugs and the Schweizers hoo were originally from Switzerland and immigrated to Germany then eventually to Canada.
We will show you pictures of your great grandma Elsie  wearing her mennonite head cap and take take you on a tour of the Salem Mennonite church that is just down the range road from grandma and grandpa Zook’s house.
“Eins, zwei, drei…” great grandma Irene (A.K.A. Babba) will count your fingers and toes! or to sing you a german lullaby…

Dad Switzer and Great Grandma Mildred Switzer

 Yes, we will inform babyzook of their African ancestry as well, but we want them to know that family ties are linked by more than blood lines and DNA makeup or by legal proceedings, but by an open heart and a carefully cultivated design by God.
 Scriptures that prophecy that the Messiah would be a descendant of King David:
  • “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.” Jeremiah 23:5
  • “You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant,  ‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.'”  Psalms 89:3-4 
  • ” The LORD swore an oath to David, a sure oath that he will not revoke: ‘One of your own descendants I will place on your throne–‘”  Psalms 132:11 
  •  “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD– 3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. 5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.” Isaiah 11:1-5 
  • “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:4-7 
  • “Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David’s family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” John 7:42 
  • “…I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16 

Irene, Elsie & Barbara(Stauffer)


§ 6 Responses to Lineage

  • Adrienne says:

    I had to think about this for a bit but I was 99% sure the line of David came through Mary by blood even though some charts only record patriarchs so it would say Joseph even if the blood lineage was through his wife….but I’ll have to do some homework (I thought I was done with homework….j/k). if only I had my mother’s map of King David family tree beside me……

    Your pictures made me miss your grandma’s hugs and smiles at church.

    • thezooks says:

      Hey we are both right!

      “As Matthew continues to follow the line from David to Christ, Matthew traces the lineage through Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph…During first century times, if a Jewish man adopted a son, that son receives the father’s lineage. Therefore, according to Jewish tradition, Jesus would be given the genealogy of his adopted father…Luke traces Christ’s ancestry through his mother, Mary…This can be explained very easily. Mary and Joseph were first cousins.” (

  • Zoe says:

    Hi Jamie and Liz,
    Thanks so much for starting this blog – it has been great following your journey! My hubby and I live in BC, and are also in the process of adoption from the DRC (visa’s for the first set of families with our agency pending). If you don’t mind, I have a few questions 🙂 Do you have an email address?

  • Krystle says:

    OHHHH! I am blessed to call you a friend:) You are an amazing writer. I can’t wait to meet your little one!

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