God tried to show his love to a nation and by doing so use that nation to change the world. After several attempts and a few brief periods of success, it became apparent that the only solution to show his love for the world was through his own sacrifice.
So, God became flesh and, by living as we were created to live, he gave us a vision of leadership through sacrifice and humility. He never had a palace, he never wore finery. He was not hailed as an emporer or King. He came from noble heritage, albeight hrough some eye raising characters. Judah that fathered a child through his daughter in law, thinking her a prostitute. Rahab– A prostitute in Jericho that helped the spies from Israel. Ruth, the homeless woman that ate wheat scraps. Bottom Line–God did not show off. A look at the Lord’s heritage should thrill us. He chose to connect, he chose to be normal, he refused to make anything about his time on earth artificial.
As we study the Bible, we see consistently that–God allows the Good, the Bad and the ugly. He keeps it real. As we seek him, he takes us as we are-human messes ready to be made into his heirs.
His desire was and is singular–He wants us to know that he truly loves us. He wants us to finally experience freedom through following a sacrificial king. He wants us to turn loose of the many things that prevent us from grasping the truth of God’s love, authority and power.
As we embark on a journey through Matthew, pray that we can embrace his love and accept his leadership. He is truly noble-a line of kings in his heritage, but a series of frail human beings as well. Just like us.
God Bless You
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David.