Tuesday, December 3, 2019

December 3

“Shhhh... Have you heard what they are saying about Jesus and his lineage? I heard that he has a grandmother named Tamar, who disguised herself as a prostitute, and slept with Judah! Then he has a grandmother named Ruth who went onto the threshing floor, where no woman was allowed, to try and seduce Boaz; and his mother was the prostitution Rahab! Not only that, but his grandfather, King David, slept with a married woman, Bathsheba, and killed her husband to cover his mistake; and their son was King Solomon. I don’t know about this Jesus fellow.” 

This is a lesson on gossip. Our King and Savior’s earthly reputation is depicted as a product of both Jew and Greek, and of a family whose character is less than ideal for our sinless sacrifice. When you gossip, you don’t know the plan God has for the person you are speaking of, and whether they will bring about another human who will be a carrier of the message of God. Be careful what you say about one of God’s children, and never let your words trash another human.

This lineage is also found in Luke 3.

and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab 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 David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, Matthew 1:3-6

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