Family Shame

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Matthew 1:6-11

6 and Jesse father of David the king. And David was father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah,

7 and Solomon father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam father of Abijah, and Abijah father of Asaph,

8 and Asaph father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat father of Joram, and Joram father of Uzziah,

9 and Uzziah father of Jotham, and Jotham father of Ahaz, and Ahaz father of Hezekiah, 10 and Hezekiah father of Manasseh, and Manasseh father of Amos, and Amos father of Josiah,

11 and Josiah father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

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Family Shame

Matthew gave an accurate record of Jesus’ genealogy, and each name tells a story or two. Not all the stories are honorable. There is a great deal of brokenness and shame mixed in with this royal heritage. Most people just read through the names, but if you stop to peek into the records a little more closely, you see …

The great king David, who committed adultery with Bathsheba (Uriah’s wife) and then had Uriah killed to cover it up.

Hezekiah, who prayed that he would not die. God answered his prayer, and he paid him back by becoming the father of…

Manasseh, one of the most evil, and most idolatrous of all the kings of Judah.

Why did God choose this family history for his only Son? Perhaps he wanted to show us that everybody does things that they are ashamed of, and that he wants to be part of our lives anyway. He does not need us to be perfect in order for him to be present in our lives. He loves us in our imperfection.

God of grace, thank you for the way you have shown your love by not requiring that we measure up to your standards before you made your entrance. Thank you for emerging in history among the broken. We invite you into our broken lives.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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