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Matthew 1

September 8, 2009 Leave a comment

NativityMatthew 1

It is easy to just skip through a list of names like in Jesus’ genealogy. But if you take the time to read it, you might catch something interesting. When I read this, there are five people who stand out: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Uriah’s wife (Bathsheba), and Mary. What is so interesting about these women?

Well first of all, they are women. They are the only women mentioned in Jesus’ family tree. Women were not well respected during this time, but Matthew includes them anyway. But if you know who these women are, then it really becomes interesting.

Tamar (Genesis 38) pretended to be a prostitute in order to sleep with her father-in-law, Judah. Rahab (Joshua 2) was a prostitute. Ruth (check out the book of Ruth) was a foreigner (as was Rahab), whom the Israelites were not to marry. Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, committed adultery with King David. And Marry, the mother of Jesus, was not married when she conceived Jesus. (Though it was a miraculous virgin birth, you know how it must have looked to everyone.)

Jesus was born in to scandal. His family wasn’t the shining, happy, church family. They were sinners. They were cheaters, adulterers, murderers, outsiders. Jesus didn’t have a perfect family, and neither do any of us. Maybe you’re ashamed of your family. Perhaps you’re ashamed of your past. But Jesus did not let any of this slow him down, and neither should you.

You see, Jesus’ identity was not tied up in his family, the past, or anything else besides his Heavenly Father. He knew he was loved by God, and that is all that mattered.

You too are deeply loved by God, and he has special plans for your life. Don’t let the past weigh you down. Forget the past, turn from any sin in your life, and walk the follow God down a path of righteousness.

 

Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, I confess that I am far from perfect. I have sinned against you. Father, please take away my sin and let me see the amazing things you have planned for me. I thank you for loving me enough to send your Son to this earth. Help me to learn from Jesus so that I may honor you. Amen.

 

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3.13a-14

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