How can I be anything based on how bad my family is?

The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah

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This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David.  David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife, Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah, Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.  After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud, Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.  Matthew 1:1-16 (NIV)

Sometimes we skim over these passages because they seem boring.  If you read them and study the names you realize some cool things.  In fact, there is an interesting fact of salvation in these verses.

The Genealogy only has 5 women mentioned.  Based on the culture of that time, men were significant and women were not. Woman who had issues in their life were even less important.

What I am saying is:

  • Tamar (Genesis 38) Prostitution
  • Rahad (Joshua 2) Prostitute
  • Ruth (Deuteronomy 23:3) Born under a curse
  • The wife of Uriah (Bathseba) (2 Samuel 11) Adultery with King David
  • Mary (She was pure but had the appearance of having a child prior to getting married at a young age)

Wow, these women are a part of the genealogy of Jesus Christ!  Do you look at your family and wonder if you even have a chance?  Do you wonder how you can ‘make it’ being the kind of person you are?

Gospel according to four women:

  1. Salvation is for sinners
  2. Salvation is through faith
  3. Salvation is separated from the works of the Law
  4. Salvation is one of forgiveness

In our weakness we can find His strength!  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Are you weak?  Are you a sinner?  Are you incapable?


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