My Christmas notes- Mess to Message-1
Matthew 1:3 “Judah had Perez and Zerah (the mother was Tamar), Perez had Hezron, Hezron had Aram,”
Matthew 1:5 “Salmon had Boaz (his mother was Rahab), Boaz had Obed (Ruth was the mother), Obed had Jesse,”
Matthew 1:6 “Jesse had David, and David became king. David had Solomon (Uriah’s wife was the mother),” (MSG)
One of the most boring things to read are genealogy. There are some chapters in the bible I normally read to fulfil all righteousness, or do I just say I scan through them without giving them much attention. I guess you’ve come across such chapters as well.
Such chapters can be “boribg” mainly because they are filled with names, many of whom we don’t know. We don’t even have any other record about them apart from the fact that they gave birth. We even find it very difficult to pronounce many of them. I use to skip some of those names and chapters until the Holy Spirit start opening my eyes to some hidden truths in those chapters.
I have since gone back to many of those genealogy chapters and read them all over again, learning many spiritual truths. One of such chapters is Matthew chapter 1. Reading through it over again, I saw several truths which I have hitherto missed.
One major lesson I learnt from it which I added to my note is Mess to Message. The truth is this, if I were to write the bible I will not include Matthew chapter 1. My own Matthew would have started from chapter 2.
Digging into the background of several of the characters mentioned there, I discovered they are folks I will never want as ancestors or in my family tree. My thinking will be that Jesus is the Son of God and he is too “righteous and holy” to have some of those guys mentioned as his descendants.
In our focal scripture, the first name mentioned was that of Judah. He is not just one of Jesus’ progenitors, Jesus is still known as his Son.
To be continued…
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