All Those Names

Harry Buis

READ : Matthew 1:1-7

I had an associate pastor who, when he was reading Scripture and came to a list of hard-to-pronounce names, would simply say “Names” and go on reading. To us this genealogy may seem boring. But it is very important. The Jews of Matthew’s day knew the Messiah must come from the lineage of David. This list proved that Jesus had such lineage. God had promised Abraham that from his descendants would come a great blessing to the whole human race. Jesus, the descendant of Abraham, is that great blessing. God had promised David that one of his descendants would sit on the throne of God’s people forever, and Jesus is now seated on the right hand of the Father.

It is significant that in this list of people is included somepeople with very dubious characters. For example, both Tamar and Rahab were prostitutes. God rules and overrules to carry out His saving purpose for His people. God does not condone evil but He often overrules evil for good. This list of names also reminds us that God works through families, that our influence upon our chil- dren and grandchildren for good or evil is very important. Parents, grandparents, live godly lives, for your own sake, for the sake of others, but especially for the sake of your children and grandchil- dren.


Father, we praise You for carrying out Your saving plan. Now use us in that plan. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.