Ok, in yesterday’s blog, I stated that we needed a refresher course in love. And my suggestion was the book of John in the bible. So, if I am going to tell others they need to read the book of John, I need to read it too. I will begin with the New Testament and the book of Matthew.
My next blogs will be about the books of the Apostles and love.
Today, I start with Matthew, Chapter one, verses 1-17.
Beginning with “A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham.”
And then the list of names begin. Some I can pronounce fairly well and others I stumble through.
At the end we are told, “Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen generations from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.”
My study bible tells some very important facts about how Matthew wrote the genealogy. First, since he is writing to the Jews, it was important to trace Jesus back to Abraham. Second, four women were named. Three by their name and one by description.
Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba (by description), were the women. At least three of the women were Gentiles and Bathsheba was an Israelite. Was Matthew saying, God was the God of all men and women; not just the God of the Jews? I think so, and so does my study bible.
And the final fact is that the genealogy is grouped in the number 14. The number 14 means double measure of spiritual perfection (7). And sets of 14 refer to the incarnation or God in human form. To me it is like the beating of the drum, “Jesus is coming!” “Jesus is coming!
So in the very first part of the chapter, we think Matthew is naming the generations who came before. But Matthew is telling us some very important information. Matthew tells us God is God to all people of the earth. Our color, ethnicity, education, or station in life, did not change the fact that we are all God’s children! And then he reveals, “Jesus is coming!”
You would think after all of these centuries, we would begin to understand. Somehow, we became more lost in this world, than lost in God’s word. Because God never changes, His word never changes!
Why do you think we are just as lost today as they were back then? My answer is evil! It roams this earth like a lion devouring its’ prey and whispering lies in the ears. Now Jesus has defeated Satan and won the war, so what we are dealing with on earth are the battles. And the only way to win is with God’s word coupled with love and forgiveness for every single person.
God Bless You!
And God Bless America!