The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham…
I must admit I love a good story, especially when I know the setting of the story or the person who has written it. I have met and chatted with fellow Fifers Ian Rankin and Val McDermid in the past, and I recognise many of the places in their books. But in recent years I have been reading none of their material, or any other renowned author. The older I get I have been focussing on the Word of God; in which I have a personal relationship with the Author too. Knowing the Author of Life is certainly more important than knowing an author from your village. My love for a good story has gone from fiction to the reality of Eternal things taught in the Bible; I still love a good story, but more so when I know it affects my future.
As we begin the month of December and the Advent of Christmas we find ourselves at the beginning of the most important story of all. The story of the Messiah actually begins way back in Genesis, and builds up to this moment in the New Testament. As you probably know Genesis opens with the hallowed words “In the beginning God…” which could is applicable to our verse today, the long planned work of God. The Christmas story begins here for me; all the Divine plans coming to fruition. There are many flags in Biblical history pointing to this moment, but the two which are referenced in my study Bible are: “And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you obeyed My voice,” God speaking to Abraham in Genesis 22:18, and in Psalm 89:3-4 “I have made a covenant with My chosen; I have sworn to David My servant, I will establish your seed forever.”
The book of Matthew is effectively a legal statement confirming the genealogy of Jesus; His right as a descendant of both Abraham and King David. Even though the genealogy written by Matthew achieves the connection with Abraham and David, it is not wholly a story of the great and good. Rahab was a prostitute, Ruth was an exile from a godless country, David and Bathsheba were adulterers, and he was a murderer too. Yet amazingly Almighty God brought each of these people to Him in repentance, and used them to fulfill His plan of Redemption for all mankind.
Dear Reader, as we begin this Advent season let us look back at the intricacies of Almighty God’s handiwork throughout Scripture to the point of His Son coming down to earth to carry out His Father’s plan to save us all. The God who created all things and fashioned history wants to know us, He wants to know you. He used some unlikely people in the family line of His Son; now He wants to add you to that Royal family line regardless of what you have done in the past. Now that is truly Good News for us all!
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