An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Aminadab,
and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
and Abijah the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Salathiel, and Salathiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
I bet many of us were impatient when we read or listened to the genealogy. A list of names, some we know, some we don’t know, and the one name we all know–Jesus. Yet can we really know Jesus separate from the genealogy?
Our families reveal something about us. Jesus’s family tree buds with the faith of Abraham, blooms with the love of Ruth, and shines with the heroism of David. But it was not always pretty and many were far from perfect. For example, Jechoniah failed to hear the call to conversion from the prophet Jeremiah and eventually led his people into exile.
But is this not the story of the human family? One that is filled with beauty but at times devastated with shortcomings. In embracing the genealogy of Jesus, we see a Jesus who is woven into the fabric of all that is human. How beautiful this is and how wonderful it is to wait for this child who will enter into our human family.
Good and gracious God, when you became human, you entered a family, just like each of us. May we follow your example of how we are to relate to those in our families, neighborhoods, and communities, despite our shortcomings. Help us to love as you loved. Amen.
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