Sharpen Your Sword.
Topic: Genealogy of Jesus Christ.
Matt. 1:1-17; Lk. 3:21-38.
We will use the book of Matthew as the pivot on which the study of the Gospels will revolve and we will start by studying the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
- Genealogy refers to a line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor.
- Only the two professionals, Matthew and Luke, of the four writers of the Gospels found it important to include this in their record of events about Jesus Christ.
There is however no doubt about the depth of knowledge that is available for anyone who desires success, that is inherent in such information. Do you know your genealogy? Do you think that it has anything to do with who, what and where you are today?
Truth be told, many would have been more efficient in prayer if only they knew their genealogy as it would have provided clearer information about their lives especially those areas for which they are quick to accuse others of, as the Bible expressly describes Jehovah as the God that visits the sins of fathers on children – Deut. 5:9; 1Kgs. 21:29; 2Kgs. 20:17-18.
Some may want to argue otherwise but that is outside the scope of this study. What is important though is that better prayer life that will be achieved if only people knew the history of their lineage.
- Though both writers attempted to compile what seemed like the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the following observations can be highlighted;
- Matthew chose to trace from Abraham to Jesus while Luke chose to trace from Joseph to Adam.
- Though specific names may change, the order from Adam or Abraham to David, son of Jesse for both accounts can be considered generally the same by both accounts.
- Curiously however, they seem to have followed different paths from that point on through to Joseph who is the earthly father of Jesus Christ.
Whereas Matthew went through the path of Solomon through Bathsheba who used to be Uriah’s wife and her son called Solomon, Luke recorded a path that is completely different though they both ended up with Joseph. How reliable is the information you have about your genealogy?
- That Jesus is a descendant of David is however not in dispute as they both seemed to agree on this.
- That Rahab the harlot eventually gave birth to Boaz who inherited the wife of his cousin as a concubine is not also in dispute – Josh. 2:9-13; Ruth 3:1- 4:22.
- Because of the difference in the accounts, it cannot be ascertained if Solomon who is the son of the Bathsheba belonged to this lineage.
What is however clear is that the earthly lineage of Jesus Christ can be traced to the highly polygamous family of David whose manner of acquisition of wives, probably with the exception of Rachael, who ended up not having a child for him, remains by all earthly standards, unacceptable, but seemed to matter little with Jehovah as he did not see anything sufficiently wrong with the activities of these progenitors to stop the his son and saviour of the mankind from coming from that lineage – 2Sam. 3:1-5.
The Christian Today.
From the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
- It is possible to confirm the biblical statement that Jehovah does not think like men and that His ways are not like the ways of men – Isa. 55:8-9.
- The judgement of men will matter little when it comes to what Jehovah will do – Jer. 17:10; 1Sam. 16:1-13. The Christian should therefore avoid giving too much consideration to the judgement of men, whether seemingly positive or negative, after all, this same Jesus was called Messiah and just a few days later, they agitated for his crucifixion – Matt. 21:9; Lk. 23:1-25. That is how transient the judgement of men can be.
- If repentance can help the original sinner avoid the consequences of the sin and transfer same to your generation, there is no reason why living a divinely directed life cannot also afford you the opportunity to avoid such manifestation in your own life as it can also be pushed to the next generation. It will only manifest in the lives of any member of the lineage that chooses to live an ungodly life.
- Think about your lineage and all the negative inheritances that you acquired. If you inherited the assets, you should also be prepared to inherit both the physical and spiritual liabilities, whether expressly mentioned or not. Going through your lineage may help to quickly identify these liabilities so that quick solutions can be proffered that will aid the mitigation of their effect.
- Are you sure you are not unnecessarily blaming everyone and identifying enemies for events that are natural harvests of the activities of your ancestors. That may only worsen the situation as blaming innocent people for what is your natural inheritance will only add to your spiritual dregs.
- Aside from all those material acquisitions that you are hoping to Will to your children, give deep consideration to the negatives that they will also inherit based on your actions today? It may be easy to offend and seek forgiveness from Jehovah and man but it will be practically to avoid the consequences of tilting the balance in nature?
References: 1Sam. 18:29-27; 2Sam. 6:23.