Matthew 1:1-17

1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4 and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7 and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, 8 and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9 and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10 and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

12 And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel,[d] and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15 and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.


Ok how many of you skipped todays reading? We do that right?

Genealogy lists in the Bible are not as engaging as Jesus strolling on water, or telling the wind and waves to be quiet, or healing or resurrection. Yet, these lists are in the Bible for a reason, and the Bible is, we confess the “written word of God for us.” So, slowing down for Advent might just include struggling through a genealogy.

When you think of the kind of people God works through, who comes to mind?

Matthew 1 lists the people in Jesus’ family tree. I take comfort in the fact that the people in this list were far from perfect.

• Abraham followed God to an unknown land but lost faith in God’s plan for his family and had a son with his maid (Genesis 16:1-4).

• Tamar disguised herself as a prostitute (Genesis 38).

• David, known as a man after God’s heart, committed adultery with another man’s wife then murdered him to cover it up (2 Samuel 11).

• Rahab was a prostitute (Joshua 2).

• Manasseh and Abijah were evil (2 Kings 21:1-3 and 1 Kings 15:3).

Despite what we would call their flaws, God made each of these men and women part of Jesus’ genealogy. Jesus roots, Jesus’ story, Jesus People. Matthew 1 is proof that God accomplishes His perfect plan with imperfect people. Skipping a genealogy, we would miss this, it seems to me.

This doesn’t excuse our wrongdoing, our misdeeds, our immorality. The men and women in Jesus’ family tree brought suffering to this world. People were hurt, even killed as a result of their decisions. But it does remind us that God’s grace is greater than our offences. (Sins)

Just like the men and women on this list, Jesus appoints and invites us to be part of His story. As we tap into the message and the power Jesus gives us, God works through us to bring change in our neighborhoods. (family, friends, workplaces, circles of influence, and where we live)


How does it feel to know you don’t need to be perfect for God to work through you?

One way we receive God’s grace is through confession and repentance. As you pray today, spend some time in confession and ask God what it means for you to repent in this area of your life.



Our Great God, Who lets absolutely nothing go to waste and never makes a mistake, please open our eyes today to see what you have done through our brokenness. Thank You that You are pleased with us just as we are, and that in our weakness we find Your strength. Amen.



A water bearer had two large pots, each hung on the end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots was perfectly made and never leaked. The other pot had a crack in it and by the time the water bearer reached his master’s house it had leaked much of its water and was only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”

“Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?” “I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

Each of us has our own unique flaws. We’re all cracked pots. But if we will allow it, God will use our flaws to grace his table. In God’s great economy, nothing goes to waste. Don’t be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and you too can be the cause of beauty. Know that in our weakness we find our strength.

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