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This has been one of those crazy days where nothing went as planned. Though this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write, I’ve been thinking about this passage all day—more specifically how I was going to approach it. I realized right away that my impulse was to go the intellectual route…to get into the specifics about the genealogy, what it would have meant to the primarily Jewish audience Matthew was speaking to, etc., etc. But that comes all too easy to me, and that’s not why I decided to write this blog. I need this to go deeper than my intellect, I want it to be real, and personal…to work in my heart and show me something that I don’t need a commentary to fully understand. Not so easy to do with a genealogy.
Instead of glossing over the names, I looked at them carefully and noticed something. This is the legal ancestry of Jesus through Joseph, the linage of the promised messiah. You would expect it to be a pristine group of people, but it isn’t. Some of the biggest heroes on that list were seriously flawed people. No one can deny that David is one of the most significant figures in the Bible. As important as he was, was also a murderer and an adulterer. Not something I would be quick to embrace in my own family history, but God loved David and used him anyway!
In a strange way that gives me encouragement. I may not be a murderer, but I’m just as flawed as David, probably more so. Yet God isn’t waiting for me to become a perfect person before he can use me. He’s waiting for me to relinquish my own stubborn will long enough to listen for his. He’s waiting for me to say “yes” and actually follow through even when he tries to take me beyond my comfort zone. Definitely something I need to work on if I want to make a difference for Christ in this world. After all, it’s not about who I am, or what I’ve done, but who I know…and who knows me.
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