GENEALOGY OF JESUS
READ MATTHEW 1:1-17******’’
I don’t know if I would publicize my genealogy if it looked like Jesus’:
- Two men who had sex with their wives’ handmaidens.
- One who slept with his daughter-in-law
- A prostitute
- Someone who killed the husband of a woman he’d gotten pregnant
- A line of political leaders who split and destroyed Israel .
Sure, there are some highlights in there, but the lowlifes over-shadow the good.
If Jesus, God himself who knits and forms humanity in the womb, could design any family line he wanted, why choose this one? Because if he came through a perfect line of godly people, it would send a message that we needed to be bred perfectly to be included in God’s spiritual family. We would think any rotten branch on our family tree immediately disqualified us from righteousness. “Sorry, your dad was a train robber. You’re out!” By coming through a line of imperfect people, Jesus shows us that he has risen above his heritage. Just because he came from sinners doesn’t mean he had to be a sinner.
Our parents may have been alcoholics or absentees . Or maybe our grandparents’ faces show up routinely on the post office “Wanted” posters. Your great-great grandparents could have marched with Stalin. It doesn’t mean you have to be like them. Jesus proved that to be true. A believer enters a new family line —the adopted sons and daughters of God the Father. That’s a family tree you should be happy to share.
YOUR BIBLE CHALLENGE
- Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus begins with what person?
- Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus contains what woman who tricked her father-in-law into sleeping with her in Genesis 38?
- According to Matthew, who was the son of Boaz and Ruth?
- Who is the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary?
- Three sets of how many generations are mentioned in Matthew’s genealogy?
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ANSWERS TO: GENEALOGY OF JESUS
- Abraham (Matthew 1:2)
- Tamar (Matthew 1:3)
- Obed (Matthew 1:5)
- Jacob (Matthew 1:16)
- Fourteen (Matthew 1:17)