“Jesus Christ came from the family of King David and also from the family of Abraham. And this is a list of his ancestors”—Matthew 1:1(CEV).
Some of us like making a to-do list. Many of us are so rigid about our lists, we can’t function without one. That was me until I let Jesus take control of my life.
Others might fly by the seat of their pants, but without my daily list, I was lost. I still make lists, but I’m more flexible now. It was a process of letting go of the need to be in control and learning that everything is in God’s timing.
At the beginning of my walk with Jesus, I struggled to release what I thought needed to be accomplished by the end of each day. I took pride in checking off each task on my list. As I grew in my relationship with Him, it became easier to let go of the optional items on each day’s list.
A List of Jesus’ Ancestors
In the very first chapter of Matthew, the author includes 17 verses denoting the lineage of Jesus. It can get tedious reading through the list, but Matthew’s purpose was to reveal Jesus’ identity as a descendant of King David.
Using the term “Son of David,” the author of Matthew uses the genealogy of Jesus to draw our attention to Jesus’ royal heritage. In fact, Matthew uses the term “Son of David” 10 times in his Epistle.
While we might get bogged down in Matthew’s line-up, it’s important to note the women included in Jesus’ lineage: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba. Rahab was a Canaanite from Jericho and Ruth was a Moabitess. Tamar and Bathsheba were famous chiefly for their involvement in public scandals. Apart from their character and nationally, the women’s names were part of an official account of Jewish genealogy. Their inclusion on Matthew’s list had a purpose. No one in Jesus’ lineage was without faults or sinless.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service