Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Hidden Truth of Christ's Genealogy: Bringing Good out of Bad

Before we dive into today's blog post, I wanted to take a moment to thank my readers. I also need to mention that this will likely be my last post (or next to last) for a couple weeks due to another soggy spring break in Oregon. Upon my return, I'll probably have a lot to talk about!

If we take time to read Matthew 1, we see a remarkably detailed account of the lineage of Saint Joseph. While reading the genealogy of Christ may not be exciting on its surface, it highlights God's way of frequently using "bad" people to bring about a greater good. Not every person named in this genealogy (spanning 42 generations) lived the life of a saint.

King David himself behaved shamefully on many occasions. In the eleventh chapter of 2 Samuel, for instance, we read about his wicked manipulation which resulted in the dispatch of Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, to the front lines of battle where he was killed in order that David might more conveniently marry the widow. The fact that David sought and received forgiveness from God is clear when we read Acts 13:22, which describes David "as a man of my (God’s) own heart".

The point is simply that God used fallen and sinful people to play a gloriously mysterious part in His gift to a fallen world, His Son. Unknowingly, they became co-workers in a sense with regards to this miracle of miracles. If God can bring such a supreme good from people who behaved so poorly at times, think about the other kinds of good that God can bring from the troubles we encounter daily. No evil or wickedness can be contrived from which God can not bring forth the miracle of good.

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