God Moves in a Mysterious Way

David Bast

READ : Matthew 1:1-17

“. . . and Jacob [was] the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Christ.” (v. 16)

Matthew’s genealogy is like a page in the telephone directory: there may be some nice people in there, but most of them don’t mean anything to us. This is surely the least read part of the Christmas story. Children don’t recite it in the Sunday school Christmas program; it’s never sung in any carols. A biblical genealogy is like your appendix—there’s no denying it’s there, but it’s hard to say what it’s good for.

But here’s something this genealogy is good for. Look at it more closely and note who is there. It’s a mixed bag: wicked and godly people, men and women, Jews and gentiles. There is no racial purity or moral superiority in God’s family tree. Wherever people may have gotten their desire to keep their families or communities “uncontaminated” by those who are different, they didn’t get it from God.

Most of the names are of unknowns and nobodies. Who were Hezron, Nahshon, or Salmon? Azor, Achim, or Eliud? God doesn’t use just famous people to accomplish his purpose. Whoever you are, if you are willing, God will accept you. God will make something out of your life. After all, isn’t that why Jesus came into our world?

PRAYER

Lord, you use all kinds. Use me too.