What kind of background is in your family tree? Perhaps your dad and grandfather were alcoholics or maybe your great granddad had a heart condition. It could be that you are consumed with lust, yet your parents seem to be just fine, but you aren’t aware that your grandfather was a ladies’ man who had different women in every town. You may be obese and when you look at the family album, you see that you great grandmother’s family were all extremely heavy. You may be a descendant of those who came over on the Mayflower or of Abraham Lincoln.
I have two interesting ancestors that I know about. One of them is from the Studebaker family that developed the now extinct car company. Another was a full cousin to Andrew Johnson, the President of the United States that was almost impeached, he was so bad. I know of several others; some were pastors and some who were rogues. They are all part of my DNA.
Any author knows that it is important to get the attention of the reader by starting with something that compels you to read on. The Holy Spirit directed the writing of the Scripture, so why would He lead Matthew to start out with what seems to be a dry and dusty list of people? It seems pointless. It begins, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ . . .” Genealogy means family tree. It continues with a long list of people. It seems difficult to wade through the list and is often skipped or laid aside.
In Matthew 1:3, it quietly says that Judah begat Perez and Zerah by Tamar. What it doesn’t say is that she was the widowed daughter-in-law of Judah and seduced him by prostitution in order to continue the family line. In doing this she got him to leave proof of his identity in lieu of payment. There is a lot to the story including sex, identity theft, and intrigue. You can read it in Genesis 38.
The second story shows up in an unassuming line, “Boaz’ parents were Salmon and Rahab.” What it doesn’t say is that Rahab was a prostitute who lived in the town of Jericho. She helped the Jewish people subdue her hometown. This is a story of victory, danger, escape and protection. It is found in Joshua 2 and 6, Hebrews 11:31, James 2:25.
The third story is the one about King David and Bathsheba. If you follow this blog, you read that story in my previous post. Bathsheba is Uriah’s wife and he is one of David’s mighty men who go to battle to fight for David’s kingdom. In the time where men (and kings) go out to war, David decided not to go. As he was at his leisure, he saw the beautiful wife of Uriah bathing on her roof top. He sent for her and seduced her and she conceived. It is a very compelling story and includes betrayal, murder, confrontation and pain. 2 Samuel 11 – 12:2.
As you can see, even Jesus had an interesting ancestry. Father God thought enough of the women to include them in Jesus family tree. What is unique is that only a few women are named. He changed who they had been by making them part of His family.
God wants us all to be in His family which is why He created us. When we become part of Father God’s family, we change from one ancestry to another. Jesus is now our big brother, Almighty God is our Father, Wisdom is our Sister and the Holy Spirit is our Comforter, Guide and Teacher. We don’t have to be weighed down by our past. We have a promising future. Father God tells us in Jeremiah 29: 11 – 14 “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. 12“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. 13-14“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you.” The Message Bible
So, now the question. . .”whose are you?”
So, you have a choice. I had a choice. I chose Him. I know Who’s I am! I KNOW He loves me. I KNOW He loves you. Choose Him and prove His love and get a new family.
It is easy to do. The Bible says that those who call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved. Read John 3:16, 17. Find out how much He loves you and that He is just waiting for you to call out to Him. Each of us come to the realization of who He is in a different way. For me, I was driving down the road, listening to the radio preacher when God took over his voice and I knew for sure that He was real. I just began to say, “I’m sorry Jesus. I just didn’t know. I didn’t know.” So it isn’t a formula, it is a heart thing. Ask Him to make Himself real and I promise that He will.