Since last month our Christmas pudding has been maturing, as well as the mincemeat for the mince pies. This morning, the mince pies were finally made, as well as the Christmas cake—the latter still waiting to be covered in almond icing, then smothered with my favourite “marshmallow frosting” (read: marshmallow that does not fully set as a result of using vegetarian gelatin).
Who doesn’t love Christmas?
As it is the Christmas season and we are all in the “Christmas mode”, I thought I’d start my blog reading the Christmas story again.
The genealogy of Jesus
Reading: Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38
How many times have I agonized over reconciling the genealogy of Jesus between that accounted in Matthew and in Luke! Now I have just read (from my study Bible) that the genealogy in Luke is from Mary’s line and not Joseph’s! That should explain it, although I would appreciate more evidence that the one in Luke is indeed from Mary’s line. Although it seemed that Luke, with his intent to gather evidences about Jesus’ life, was more able to tap Mary as a resource, as it is assumed that Joseph had died much earlier, given his lack of mention in the gospels in Jesus’ later life.
I also learned that as the book of Matthew was intended for the Jews (proving that Jesus was the promised Messiah), the genealogy only had to go back to Abraham. But as the book of Luke was for the gentiles, it went past Abraham, up to Noah, Seth, Adam, and back to God.
“… The son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.”
What proof do we need more? Jesus is the Son of God—the Messiah, promised to both Jews and Gentiles. And we are also children of God—if we die with Jesus (i.e. to our sins) and live with and for Him.
I am amused at Jesus’ human genealogy. It included good kings as well as bad kings, and also noteworthy women. Although for Bathsheba, to be referred to as “someone else’s wife” instead of her name must not be so noteworthy! But for Rahab and Tamar, although they may have had disdainful pasts, the writers of the Old Testament did not fail to recount their redeeming characters. They had the passion to do what was right, to even right a wrong, to effect justice. And Ruth, gentile as she was, epitomised the godly woman that a whole book of the Bible was written about and named after her! I wish Leah was mentioned too (but who am I to question?), the mother of Judah. Leah the unloved, who, after Judah was born decided to stop moping and said “This time I will praise the Lord!”
“You are a lion’s cub, O Judah;
you return from the prey, my son
Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
The sceptre will not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
until he comes to whom it belongs
and the obedience of the nations is his.
He will tether his donkey to a vine,
his colt to the choicest branch;
he will wash his garments in wine,
his robes in the blood of grapes.
His eyes will be darker than wine,
his teeth whiter than milk.”
– Genesis 49:9-12 (NIV)