Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:
Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
and Josiah the father of Jeconiahn and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud,
Abiud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.
(Matthew 1:1-17 (NIV))
With all that is going on in the world, we forget that nothing surprises God!
This is evident as you read through the genealogy of Jesus. It is a long history of people who were less than perfect, but God fulfilled His promises anyway. Rahab had been a prostitute in Jericho before she surrendered to God’s plan. Now, she is permanently recorded in the lineage of Jesus. In fact, she is one of only three women mentioned by name. Ruth is the second woman mentioned. She was the daughter-in-law of Naomi. She was also a foreigner like Rahab. I find it interesting that both Rahab and Ruth exhibited great faith in God when their own people did not worship Him.
Of course, the third woman that is mentioned in the lineage of Jesus is Mary. Mary is the mother of Jesus. She, too, exhibited great faith in God. She accepted the call to step forward and do God’s will.
This has been a year like no other. Did the events of this year catch God off guard? Did He see these events from the time of Abraham? Is He raising up someone who will step out in faith and be credited as righteous? I don’t presume to know the mind of God, but one thing that I do know is that He is God and that He is in complete control!
He is worthy of our praise!