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<< Tuesday, December 17, 2002 >>
Genesis 49:2, 8-10
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Psalm 72 Matthew 1:1-17
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"The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ..." —Matthew 1:1

Wait! Don't skip the genealogy! Because we love the Lord, we can't wait to learn more about Him. Here's a few things God reveals about Himself in the genealogy:

  • Jesus Christ is a human being, God made man.
  • Jesus is God, the Messiah, born of a virgin (Mt 1:16, 18).
  • Family comes first — these are the first verses of the New Testament, and God can't wait to introduce His family.
  • God works through people — lots of them.
  • God loves families. Jesus lived in one for thirty years.
  • Some family members are extraordinary (e.g. Mary, Joseph, David); others are faithful (e.g. Ruth, Josiah); some are nondescript (e.g. Eliud, Azor); others are despicable (e.g. Manasseh, Rehoboam). Jesus considers them all His family. God's plan was accomplished through each one.
  • Some, like Ruth and Rahab, were outsiders but were welcomed into God's family for their loving faithfulness.
  • God is pro-life. He loves fathers, mothers, and children.
  • God has a place in His plan for every baby, including those born of prostitution (Perez — Mt 1:3; Gn 38:1-30), injustice (Solomon — Mt 1:6; 2 Sm 11:1-27), and mixed marriages (Obed — Mt 1:5; Ru 4:5ff).
  • God is patient. His plan may take a long time to unfold.
  • "God is not ashamed to be called their God" (Heb 11:16) and Jesus is not ashamed of His family. He loves them.

"Beloved, we are God's children now" (1 Jn 3:2). Let us love our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Prayer: Father, thank You for adopting me into Your family! May I please You and bring honor to Your family name.
Promise: "The scepter shall never depart from Judah." —Gn 49:10
Praise: "O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, You govern all creation with Your strong yet tender care. Come and show Your people the way to salvation."
(This teaching was submitted by one of our editors.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend David L. Zink, June 12, 2002
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 13, 2002
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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