17 Dec 2019
Of her was born Jesus who is called Christ
The genealogy of Jesus shows forty-two (42) generations; fourteen (14) from Abraham to David, fourteen (14) to the Babylonian deportation and fourteen (14) from the Babylonian deportation to Christ.
When I first looked at Jesus’ lineage, I saw the faith of Abraham at work. This faithfulness can be seen in his leaving Ur for Canaan, and when he almost sacrificed his only son Isaac, in obedience to God.
This lineage looked perfect to me, until I read that there were interesting characters within the line. For example, Perez, the son of Judah and Tamar. This doesn’t sound extraordinary until we learn that Perez was conceived when Judah slept with Tamar believing that she was a prostitute. In fact, Judah was Tamar’s father-in-law! Tamar was the widow of Judah’s eldest son, Er, who subsequently married his second son Onan (according to tradition). Onan, too, died prematurely.
Two other examples I can see is that of Ruth, who came from the tribe of Moab, this tribe came about when Lot’s daughters slept with him! Finally, Solomon, who was a product of King David and Bathsheba, whom David married after arranging for Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, death in battle.
Knowing these three stories gave me a new perspective.
While I had originally thought that Jesus had been born into a “pure” and “perfect” bloodline, I realised that this lineage had been less than perfect. To me, God had perfected the imperfect! This was a powerful lesson; that no matter He, too, perfects us when we do His work and live according to His will.
Actually, in preparing for this reflection, I learned something else.
Because of the virgin birth, Jesus actually did not come Joseph’s lineage. Instead, He came from Mary’s! As much as it is that Joseph had adopted into his lineage, God had adopted Abraham’s lineage as His.
How powerful it is when we walk in the path has God has chosen for us!
(Today’s OXYGEN by Paul Wee)
Prayer: Father, teach us to be open to Your will. Help us to always trust in You!
Thanksgiving: Thank You for guiding and protecting us, and for making us perfect despite our imperfection.