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He is Faithful

December 6, 2009

Today’s sermon was absolutely fantastic.

Normally, sermons on the Christmas story seem to go over the same things every year, but this year, we’re at a different church (I love it and the church family, by the way) and Pastor Chris preached on the first half of Matthew ch. 1 (which you’ll notice, if you look, is mainly just Jesus’ genealogy). Now, he is very enthusiastic and excited when it comes to Scripture, and the enthusiasm is very catching, hence the feeling jubilant! 🙂

Now, because it’s Sunday night, I can’t remember exactly how he said it all, so I’ll just give you the few main points I can remember:

  1. “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ” – did you know that the actual Greek word that was translated into English as ‘genealogy’ was ‘Genesis’? Sound familiar? ‘Genesis’ means ‘beginnings’. This is (obviously) about the beginning of Jesus’ human life, but it also shows us that even in the writing of the Gospel according to Matthew, God was pointing back to the beginning of the Bible, showing us that He had this all worked out from the dawn of time! Everything points to Jesus; all of history, stories and situations throughout the whole Bible. He didn’t just say, oh, I guess they need someone to save them. He planned it all out, down to the last detail!
  2. The lineage gives us one proof that Jesus was a REAL person. He had a family, a heritage, ancestors, for His human-side. And even the timing of all the generations points to His perfect timing. Even Jesus’ name, ‘Yeshua’, means “God Saves.”
  3. I’ve always wondered at the significance of the 4 women who are specifically mentioned in His lineage. I know all their stories, but I couldn’t figure out what the importance of them being a part of Jesus’ lineage was. Pastor Chris offered an explanation that I think fits very well: all four women (Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba) were foreigners; (Tamar was a Canaanite, Rahab was from Jericho, Ruth was a Moabitess, and Bathsheba was a Hittite) and most of them had dark pasts. Why, you may ask, were these women even mentioned in a lineage where usually only males were listed? Why these particular women, who most of them were not exactly poster children for virtue and purity? – Why? Because each of them is proof of God’s redemptive power. He proved through the example of these women that He can overcome our dark pasts. He can overcome the disgusting sin in our hearts and bring good to and from our lives, no matter what we did before; He is the Redeemer, the Savior, the Messiah! And if we choose to believe Him, and turn from our wicked ways, He will make something beautiful from it. This is the very reason Jesus came.
  4. I wonder if anyone else has wondered the significance of the whole ’14 generations’ thing at the end of the 1st half of Matthew 1. I’ve read it, and since I know that usually numbers seems kind of significant in the Bible, I’ve wondered what that meant. Here’s a cool fact you may not have known: The Hebrew language does not have numbers. Jews count using letters instead; also, their alphabet doesn’t have vowels – it’s all consonants. So, the name ‘David’ is actually Dvd (haha). Here’s another cool fact: Daleth is the 4th letter, Va is the 6th. So if you were using the letters ‘Dvd’ to count, it would read 4+6+4 which equals…14. Now, 14 is 7 (the number of perfection) twice; thus, there’s extra significance, since it’s like perfection doubled. (my paraphrase->)”The generations from Abraham to David were 14, the generations from David to the deportation to Babylon (the ending of the Monarchy) were 14, and the generations from the deportation till the Birth of Jesus are 14.” Notice that 14 is used 3 times? 3 is the number of the Trinity. God’s fingerprints are all over even this timing!
  5. When Jesus came, the Jews were expecting the Messiah to save them from earthly rulers and afflictions, such as the Roman Empire. After all, God did some similar amazing things back in the book of Judges! But, in a way, it was like God said, “That’s too small a thing; I’m going to save you from your sins instead.” After all, what’s the good of being saved from a horrible earthly life if you’re still going to be eternally separated from God? He could see the big picture even though we (as humans) couldn’t/can’t.
  6. That last verse says something like “Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.” God made 2 Big Promises, to Abraham and to David. Jesus is the fulfillment of all those promises! God doesn’t forget, even though it seems to take a LONG time to see the results. We just have to trust and be patient, because God sees the whole of History and the Future and Eternity.

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to put it very clearly; I know my writing can be confusing! But I hope at least some of this made sense, and maybe encouraged your heart. It sure filled mine with joy to see more evidences of God’s Divine plan of salvation! 🙂

God bless you this week!

Soli Deo Gloria.

❤ Tea

One Comment leave one →
  1. Krys permalink
    December 7, 2009 12:03 pm

    On the contrary, you did very well writing that! 🙂 Thank you for sharing- that is fantastic stuff! 🙂 God is so good! 🙂

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