Summary: A closer look at Jesus’ genealogy reveals God’s gifts of faith, hope and love.
AM Sermon preached at Syria Christian Church December 26, 2004
Back in High School I was fascinated when we began to do three dimensional equations in calculus. I thought wearing goggles and cooking things over bunsen burners in chemistry class was cool. Art class gave my creative juices opportunity to flow. And Phys. Ed. well, the competitive side of me always loved it. But history now that met with an entirely different reaction. I dreaded history class. I responded to the lectures in that class with either boredom or sleep. And I liked the homework even less. Now since High School I’ve developed a whole new appreciation for history. And I’ve come to believe that history itself isn’t boring although it’s often approached in boring ways but that’s a rabbit chase I don’t want to get sidetracked with right now. I’m just mentioning my former boredom with history because I know it used to effect the way I read the Bible, especially whenever I came to the genealogical sections of scripture...I’d start reading how so and so begot so and so who begot so and so and so on and so forth and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah---and this switch would go off inside my head and this inner voice would cry start crying out, "boring," "boring," "boring." And my typical reaction was to quickly skim or completely skip those sections of scripture. I mean I was channel surfing before the TV remote was invented. Just look at Genesis---The creation account to me was like the Discovery Channel, pretty neat stuff. The report on Sodom and Gomorrah--that would be the weather channel. The Tower of Babel that was the Women’s Network--just kidding ladies! Jacob’s wrestling a stranger all-night was an ESPN special. The genealogies were of course, the history channel and every time I come across that kind of thing out would come the mental remote and I’d push the skip button... I think it took me three attempts to read through the Bible before I ever got it done cause I kept getting bogged down in the book of Numbers and all of its begets and begottens....but like I said I’ve developed a whole new appreciation for history since my High School years---and this is especially true for the history recorded for us in the Bible. Why I’ve learned that even the begets and begottens sections have some pretty good stuff in them. In fact I want to share some of what I’ve discovered with you today as we take a brief representative look at the genealogy of Jesus.
My sermon text this morning is Matthew chapter 1. I encourage you to follow along in your Bible or on the screen as I read some representative verses from it...
"Mat 1:1 A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:"
Comment: Let me stop her just for a moment---and say that Abraham wasn’t really David’s father---this was just a Jewish way of hitting some highpoints in a person’s family heritage... Put 12 greats in front of the word grandfather and you come up with David’s actual relationship to Abraham...now let’s read on...