Sunday 16 December, 2012

Matthew 1:1-17

1 This is a record of the family line of Jesus Christ. He is the son of David. He is also the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Jacob. Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah. Tamar was their mother. Perez was the father of Hezron. Hezron was the father of Ram. 4 Ram was the father of Amminadab. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon. 5 Salmon was the father of Boaz. Rahab was Boaz’s mother. Boaz was the father of Obed. Ruth was Obed’s mother. Obed was the father of Jesse. 6 And Jesse was the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon. Solomon’s mother had been Uriah’s wife. 7 Solomon was the father of Rehoboam. Rehoboam was the father of Abijah. Abijah was the father of Asa. 8 Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat was the father of Jehoram. Jehoram was the father of Uzziah. 9 Uzziah was the father of Jotham. Jotham was the father of Ahaz. Ahaz was the father of Hezekiah. 10 Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh. Manasseh was the father of Amon. Amon was the father of Josiah. 11 And Josiah was the father of Jeconiah and his brothers. At that time, the Jewish people were forced to go away to Babylon. 12 After this, the family line continued. Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel. Shealtiel was the father of Zerubbabel. 13 Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud. Abiud was the father of Eliakim. Eliakim was the father of Azor. 14 Azor was the father of Zadok. Zadok was the father of Akim. Akim was the father of Eliud. 15 Eliud was the father of Eleazar. Eleazar was the father of Matthan. Matthan was the father of Jacob. 16 Jacob was the father of Joseph. Joseph was the husband of Mary. And Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called Christ. 17 So there were 14 generations from Abraham to David. There were 14 from David until the Jewish people were forced to go away to Babylon. And there were 14 from that time to the Christ.

This passage contains the genealogy of Jesus: tracing Jesus’ heritage through the sons and fathers that came before him. I can imagine the value of knowing the family that you have come from, and it giving you a sense of who you are. It reminds me th

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I belong to God’s family, and I can be encouraged by the men and women of faith who have gone before me. Abraham, David, Esther, Ruth, Peter, Paul and the Marys that served Jesus…. I belong to the same family. I can be encouraged by their stories and how God used them, and I can learn from their triumphs and weaknesses.

Sometimes I feel isolated in my walk, or at times grow weary in the battle, but I am challenged as I read this that I too will leave a legacy. Will I be like Abraham, David and Esther, inspiring faith in God, a heart after God, and absolute trust in God?

Lord, please help me to remember the family of faith that I belong to. Help me to draw encouragement from the people that have gone before me, and to remember that I too will leave a story for those who come after me. Help me to live an inspiring story, as I put my trust in you. Amen.

Written by Beth Waugh

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