If You Think Your Family Ancestry is Messed Up, Read about Jesus’ Ancestry Roots
Yesterday’s message was about a particular aspect of Jesus’ history. Today you will learn how Jesus came through forty-two generations of all kinds of people (some were really messed up).
This is to help the readers not to be ashamed of their ancestry, because you have a wonderful heritage to be proud of. Plus, when people know where they came from, it will be better for them to move forward.
Why would you be ashamed of your family line, when God so wonderfully and fearfully (He was in awe of you, His creation! – Psalm 139:14). God said everything He made was good and it was very good (Genesis 1:25, 31).
Regardless of what our forefathers did, the sin is not on those who are born-again because Jesus became sin for us, yet He Himself did not sin. I will not name all of His ancestry line, but many of the so-called bad ones, although the Word of God says there is none righteous [good], not one (Romans 3:10).
Jesus’ genealogy is written in Matthew 1:1-17. It starts with Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. So, all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations (verse 17).
Some messed up people from our perspective.
Do you think Abraham was perfect? God called him a friend and a man of faith (James 2:23). This proves from God’s perspective; He doesn’t see our sin. I don’t know how many times Abraham disobeyed God; just writing this one: When there was a famine in the land, Abraham went in a different direction (Genesis 12:10-20). His faith got weak. But God said Abraham was strong in faith (Romans 4:20).
What about Rahab? And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelled in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho (Joshua 6:25).
Was David perfect? Far from it! He was an adulterer and he had Bathsheba’s husband (Uriah) killed. Please read 1 Samuel, chapter 11. When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband (verse 26). Yet God called David a man after is own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22), and Jesus came through the ancestry of king David of whose throne Jesus Himself will sit on in Jerusalem. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David (Luke 1:32).
What about Solomon? Didn’t God called him the wisest man that ever lived? God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt (1 Kings 4:29-30). But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, You shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love (1 Kings 11:1-2).
That information should really help you to understand there is nothing wrong with learning about your heritage, even if some things happened of which you are ashamed. All of us have skeletons in our closets.
Again, if you are a child of God, He sees you differently, just as God saw all the others who belonged to Him. Be thankful that you have a heritage to be proud of, and don’t allow the devil to trick (deceive) by telling you that you have a bad ancestral background. Start praising God for freedom because you are His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).