Genealogies and Christmas

It might be a sickness but this type of thing excites me a lot. According to Luke….

  • God
  • Adam
  • Seth
  • Enosh
  • Kenan
  • Mahalalel
  • Jared
  • Enoch
  • Methuselah
  • Lamech
  • Noah
  • Shem
  • Arphaxad
  • Shelah
  • Eber
  • Peleg
  • Reu
  • Serug
  • Nahor
  • Terah
  • Abraham
  • Isaac
  • Jacob
  • Judah
  • Perez
  • Hezron
  • Ram
  • Amminadab
  • Nahshon
  • Salmon
  • Boaz
  • Obed
  • Jesse
  • David
  • Nathan
  • Mattatha
  • Menna
  • Melea
  • Eliakim
  • Jonam
  • Joseph
  • Judah
  • Simeon
  • Levi
  • Matthat
  • Jorim
  • Eliezer
  • Joshua
  • Er
  • Elmadam
  • Cosam
  • Addi
  • Melchi
  • Neri
  • Shealtiel
  • Zerubbabel
  • Rhesa
  • Joanan
  • Joda
  • Josech
  • Semein
  • Mattathias
  • Mahath
  • Naggai
  • Hesli
  • Nahum
  • Amos
  • Mattathias
  • Joseph
  • Jannai
  • Melchi
  • Levi
  • Matthat
  • Heli
  • Mary & Joseph
  • Jesus

When I look back at that genealogy I see so many characters who play a major role in the story of what God is doing and what God has done. So many details of each of their lives were orchestrated by God for the purpose of bringing Jesus Christ into the world. And something in my soul moves when I think about how God is sovereign and in complete control over thousands and thousands of years. I personally don’t know any details about a large number of the people on that list. We just don’t have lots of information about them. We know they were Jewish. And that they came to be oppressed by foreign nations who had occupied their homeland. And we know that in that oppression, the Jews were looking and waiting for a messiah. They had prophecies for centuries that foretold that a messiah would come and would rescue them.

I went through a book one time called “What the rabbis know about the Messiah”. It went into painstaking detail about Old Testament prophecy and what the Hebrew people were looking for in a Messiah from prophecy. The sheer number of prophecies that Jesus fulfilled is mindblowing.

All of this was God’s plan from the beginning. He is eternal. Ageless. All powerful. And the salvation of the world is something that he is doing. It’s something that He has done.

This is what I always think about this time of year. Jesus came. Just like God said that He would. In the way that God said that He would. And He accomplished everything that God said that He would.

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[6] For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
[7] Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
(Isaiah 9:6-7 ESV)

 

 

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