The abridged genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, a pure Jew of Royal descent:
Asa
Jehoshaphat
Josiah
Zerrubel
Not the Bible: The Ungospel of Matthew 1:1-17.

Genealogies are one of those things in the bible that are easy to skip. After all, apart from watching paint dry, what could be worse than reading a list of names that mean little to nothing? Move on, nothing to see here…

Admittedly nine of these names aren’t mentioned in the Bible but of the remaining 31 names, only four did not have anything negative said about them. In fact, Jesus’ genealogy is anything but pure. We have liars, murderers, sorcerers, idol worshippers, people who slept with prostitutes, those who sacrificed their own children to Molech, and one who was so proud he was stricken with leprosy.

Surprisingly for this era three women are mentioned. Tamar who posed as a prostitute and slept with her father-in-law to obtain her rights, Rahab who was a Canaanite prostitute and Ruth who was a Moabite about whom it says that their descendants ‘may not enter the assembly of the LORD, even to the tenth generation’ (Dt 23:3)

Have you ever believed the lie that because of your family history you are cut off from God’s blessing? That there is going to be a limit to the great things you can achieve?

This passage speaks against that lie.

God’s own perfect Son, our saviour is born into a sordid family line. Nothing is irredeemable. Nothing is beyond redemption. God can take the most broken family line and transform it so that it becomes a fountain of grace to the world.

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