Daily Dose, May 18 — Family of God

 

An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Aminadab, and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Salathiel, and Salathiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. (Matthew 1:1-16)

 

I’ll wager that you didn’t expect to read THAT today! I’ll be the first to admit that these verses are not my “go-to” spot in the Bible for devotion, encouragement and guidance…usually.

Do you know people that are really into genealogy? I do, and to be honest I’ve always thought that they were a little strange. I’ve just never been all that interested in tracing back my ancestral heritage, mainly because it doesn’t seem to do much to impact my life now and how I live it. But maybe these verses help to change my mind on that a little bit.

If you’re like me, there are a lot of names in Jesus’ family tree that aren’t all that familiar. Plenty of those names don’t have accompanying Vacation Bible School stories or sermon illustrations. Worship songs haven’t been written about them. They’re not really all that “famous.” Others are famous…but for some of the wrong reasons. Rahab was a prostitute. David was a great king and leader, but he was also guilty of adultery and murderer, before God changed his heart. Ahaz “did not do what was right in the sight of the Lord his God.”

This is part of the family tree of Jesus. These are the skeletons in his own closet. But those skeletons couldn’t deter God and his plan from unfolding! The things — and people — that led to Christ didn’t necessarily dictate who Christ would be. If anything, it serves as a reminder that the family of God is sometimes messy. The family tree has some awfully crooked and gnarled branches! God can — and does — still work in spite of the state of all of the branches in the tree.

There are certainly days when I think that I’m one of those very same crooked limbs. There are times when I fall down and fail. There are times when I have spiritual, moral and ethical lapses. I’m so thankful that, in those moments, God still chooses to work me into the unfolding canopy of his family tree, rather than cast me aside.

Who am I? I am a child of God. Who are you? You are a child of God. — Rev. Brad Greene