Family Trees can be quite educational. You can learn all kinds of things about your family history. You might even find out that you have an important historical person or a celebrity in your family. Sometimes, however, you find out that your family tree holds some questionable people in it. Whatever you learn about your family is valuable information to know. God made sure that all throughout the Bible various family genealogies were written down to provide us with valuable information. In Matthew chapter 1 God provides us with the genealogy of Jesus. Inside that genealogy we learn all kinds of important things. Read Matthew 1: 1 –
1 The historical record of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: 2 Abraham fathered Isaac, Isaac fathered Jacob, Jacob fathered Judah and his brothers, 3 Judah fathered Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez fathered Hezron, Hezron fathered Aram, 4 Aram fathered Aminadab, Aminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon, 5 Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab, Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth, Obed fathered Jesse, 6 and Jesse fathered King David. Then David fathered Solomon by Uriah’s wife, 7 Solomon fathered Rehoboam, Rehoboam fathered Abijah, Abijah fathered Asa, 8 Asa fathered Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat fathered Joram, Joram fathered Uzziah, 9 Uzziah fathered Jotham, Jotham fathered Ahaz, Ahaz fathered Hezekiah, 10 Hezekiah fathered Manasseh, Manasseh fathered Amon, Amon fathered Josiah, 11 and Josiah fathered Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon. 12 Then after the exile to Babylon Jechoniah fathered Salathiel, Salathiel fathered Zerubbabel, 13 Zerubbabel fathered Abiud, Abiud fathered Eliakim, Eliakim fathered Azor, 14 Azor fathered Zadok, Zadok fathered Achim, Achim fathered Eliud, 15 Eliud fathered Eleazar, Eleazar fathered Matthan, Matthan fathered Jacob, 16 and Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus who is called the Messiah. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were 14 generations; and from David until the exile to Babylon, 14 generations; and from the exile to Babylon until the Messiah, 14 generations.
This time I only want to talk about the women mentioned in this genealogy list. Women aren’t always listed in Biblical genealogies. However, Matthew makes a point to name five women in Jesus’ genealogy. Do you know the Bible stories behind each of those first four women mentioned? Each one of them had a background tied to sexual impurity. Tamar deceived her Father-in-law, Judah, and had a child by him. Rahab was a prostitute. Ruth was from Moab where many participated in sexual ceremonial worship. Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, committed adultery with David. You would think that God would want a family tree with only “righteous” people in it for His Son Jesus to be born in to. So why did Matthew list these particular ladies and no other ones? Was he making a point to the reader? Most likely he was. I think he was trying to show us that anyone of us, whether we come from a “good” background or a “bad” background, we can be a part of Jesus’ family tree. Once we receive Christ in to our lives, none of our past matters anymore. Only what we do from here on out. We are called to live for Christ. All these woman left their past behind and did good things afterwards.
We can learn many pieces of wisdom from Jesus’ family tree, but today as we approach Christmas and focus on His birth let us remember that this baby that was born brought us a new life to live in Him. Wisdom would be to show appreciation for what Jesus did for us and live that life. Are you a part of Jesus family tree yet?