Unexpected Hope

Matthew 1:1-17

Four hundred years of silence from God and the New Testament opens up proclaiming that the promises made to Abraham and David are fulfilled in Jesus. Abraham had received the promise that his offspring would bless the Earth and through his descendants there is a continuation of that promise. David was promised that he would have an ruler from his line that would forever reign. These promises and all of God’s promises find their fulfillment in Jesus.

This genealogy shows who Christ is, but it also displays who God is and how he works. We see here that God used the most unexpected people to fulfill his promises, he used liars like Abraham and Isaac and foreigners, seemingly outside of God’s promises, like Ruth. God worked through David who murdered, Solomon who forsook God, Rehoboam who broke God’s kingdom, Hezekiah the prideful, Manasseh who fought against God, and Josiah who disobeyed God. He continued to be with those who lived in exile, even though it looked like the promises had died and he returned his people to Israel and continued to bless them.

God worked through them and for them despite their sins and failures because God saw more than their failures, he saw the end of the story of how his son was to be born with them as his history. God would not let sin get in the way of his salvation and his plans, God didn’t pick the perfect people, he picked people like us and he still used them even against their will. The promises of God continuously moved forward due to God’s steadfast love for his people and pursuit of his people. The world would know through Jesus who God was.

The covenant that God gave to Abraham of creating a people as numerous as the stars is one that continued and was given to Jesus – he is the new Adam of the new Earth that he is creating. The covenant that God gave to David of there being a final and everlasting king is one that is fulfilled and known in Jesus – he is the true king who will reign forever.

Let us always remember and have hope in the fact that God is a God of the unexpected. Praise be to God.

Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
    in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
    studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
    he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
    in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    all his precepts are trustworthy;
they are established forever and ever,
    to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
    he has commanded his covenant forever.
    Holy and awesome is his name!
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all those who practice it have a good understanding.
    His praise endures forever!” – Psalm 111

 

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