Contributed on Nov 18, 2010
The inclusion of Tamar in the genealogy of Jesus demonstrates that, even when we find ourselves in a sinful situation because of our desperation, God is still willing to include us into His family line.
Let me start by reading Matthew 1:1-3 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah 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 ...read more
Contributed on Nov 25, 2010
Rahab teaches the Israelites a truth they should have learnt 40 years earlier. When you fear instead of trusting in the promises of God you will find yourself missing out on the full freedom that a relationship with God can give.
Joshua 2:1-24 Rahab released from past mistakes As Joshua watches the two spies head off towards Jericho he must have had a sense of déjà vu. 40 years earlier the same had been done. That time it had been Moses sending off 12 spies … and Joshua had been one of the spies. The spies had come ...read more
Contributed on Dec 1, 2010
Logically Ruth should not be in the genealogy of Jesus. As a Moabite she is from a despised nation and the only person seeking to be an example to her is Naomi - a woman who is bitter and angry at God. Yet God moves in myseterious ways to include Ruth.
Message Ruth 1:1-22 “Ruth - an outsider welcomed in” Have you ever heard the saying, “The Lord moves in mysterious ways?” Every year at Christmas Margaret send a box of special gifts from America to a missionary couple working in Algeria on the edge of the Sahara desert. One year, after ...read more
Contributed on Dec 11, 2010
We live in a world where abuse and injustice occur. Through the story of Bathsheba we see that God is able to bring healing to all victims by including them into His family.
Message 2 Samuel 11:1-27 Bathsheba – A Reputation Tarnished When we read through the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel four out the five women in that genealogy appear in verses 3-6. Let’s read through that section. Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez ...read more
Contributed on Dec 14, 2010
Despite being the Mother of Jesus we get the feeling that Mary was quite an ordinary person. Yet, when the angel appeared to her, she has an extraordinary response of faith. Our call is to know that Jesus brings ordinary people into His family.
Message Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:16 Mary – Ordinary Yet Extraordinary. Here is a question we don’t ask very often … “How would you react if an angel spoke to you?” Angels are constantly in the presence of God. Angels are holy and have not been tainted by sin. Angels know exactly what to do ...read more