God’s Chosen — Matthew 1
1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:
2 Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. 4 Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. 5 Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, 6 and Jesse begot David the king.
David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wifea]”>[a] of Uriah. 7 Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa.b]”>[b] 8 Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. 9 Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. 10 Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon,c]”>[c]and Amon begot Josiah. 11 Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon.
12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. 13 Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. 14 Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. 15 Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. 16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
Jesus’ genealogy consists of many various characters. Some notable and noble, others despised and despicable. The various backgrounds of select characters include:
Jacob (v. 2) — who deceived his brother Esau out of his birthright.
Tamar (v. 3) — who tricked his father-in-law into sleeping with her to conceive.
Rahab (v. 5) — who worked as a prostitute.
Ruth (v.5) — who was a gentile.
David and “the wife of Uriah” (v. 6) — a king who committed adultery and sent Uriah to his death.
What can we learn about God’s plans from looking at the genealogy of Jesus?
Many times when we think we are not worthy of God’s work, when we think God’s plans aren’t supposed to include us, or when we think we are not meant to be chosen by God, we have to understand that God may still use us to serve His purpose. We have to be sensitive to these moments and know when and when not to take up the work of God.