The Shady Family Tree of Jesus 

 For Israel to wait (desperately waited) for the coming of a Messiah, presenting this genealogy is one hard proof of God's promise kept and fulfilled.

God's Promise to Abraham
I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing
Genesis 12:2
  1. When God said that he will make Abraham into a great nation, also means "I will make your descendants great" or "every one that from him will become great. This is God's first promise to Abraham.
  2. God's next promise is for Abraham's name become great which means "to become important" "to be remembered" throughout history.
  3. By the usage of the word "great" in this text, it also means he will do great things.
  4. In the last part of the text, God's promise was for Abraham to become a blessing, which in here means "gift" "source of prosperity"

a.  Abraham's descendant become the DNA pool of Israel's greatest men.
b. Abraham was considered the father of Jewish faith.
c. Being a gift, our Messiah, Jesus Christ was technically, a descendant of Abraham. *See verse 1 of Matthew 1
The greatest gift to mankind.
The fulfillment of God's promise

The genealogy of Jesus was consisted of people who are "shady"

  1. Judah, the son of Jacob, was one of Joseph's brothers who plotted to kill him, and eventually sold Joseph to the Ishmaelite traders who were heading to Egypt (Genesis 37:26)
  2. Rahab (Joshua 2) a harlot of Jericho who aided the spies to escape; saved from the destruction of Jericho; married Salmon, (though she was commended for her faith in the book of James)
  3. David ; In 2 Samuel 11, we can read the account on how David technically lured the wife of Uriah the Hittite, Bathsheba, to sleep with him. Then she told David that she was pregnant. He convinced Uriah to sleep with his wife, to cover up his sin, Uriah refused so David had him fight in the war, had him "in front where the fighting is fiercest" (verse 15) eventually, he died. In this case, David was both an adulterer and a murderer.
  4. Solomon; (1 Kings 11) He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray" (verse 3) "As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after gods" verse 4
"So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done" verse 6
He was the successor of King David to the throne, recorded as the wisest king, yet committed an astounding record of adultery and turned his back away from God.
  1. Manasseh (2 Kings 21) became king of Israel at the age of twelve.
"He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites." verse 2
"he also erected altars to Baal" verse 3
"he sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing His anger." verse 6

Despite of having a really imperfect family tree, God still chose this for a big reason:
a. So that Jesus could identify with our brokenness
b. It tells us that God's plan will always prevail,
c. God can break the curse that have been running through our own family's generations. 


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