Monday 16 December, 2013

Matthew 1:1-17

1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife, 7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, 8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah, 9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah[c] and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon. 12 After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud, 15 Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah. 17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

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 that 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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