Monday: 17th December, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 1:1-17
Matthew 1:6b David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
Most people tend to see their particular situations as the worst in comparison with that of everybody else. But today, if we wish to truly compare, we will come to the realisation that our situations still pale in comparison to that of others. As the ultimate yardstick, we use Jesus.
Probably you do have a checkered history, a past you are not proud of and a family even embarrassed to be associated with you. But my dear, however strange this may sound, that history and past, those imperfections in your bloodline all pale in comparison to that of Jesus.
His genealogy gives us an idea of how God, in spite of the many challenges that come the way of his children, still found an opportunity to include them in his eternal plan. The long list presented today contains some interesting personalities, in addition to other characters many of whom we know close to nothing about. Yet, two stand out: Rahab, a known harlot, and Bathsheba, whose name isn’t even mentioned: instead many versions of scripture describe Solomon in this genealogy as ‘the son of Uriah’s wife’.
In effect, this bloodline of Jesus had a mixture of some amazing figures of faith and some others the world would refer to as ‘not belonging to that class’. Nonetheless, only one title stands out: ‘the genealogy of Jesus Christ’. Therefore, although his name is the last to be mentioned, all the records of the past, the wrongs of the past, all the imperfections; are insignificant because they have been perfected by the perfect name and the excellency of Jesus. So sweetheart, stop looking at that checkered history of yours, and embrace the perfection of Jesus.