Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Genealogies - Qualifying the Unqualified

Just because the world or religion disqualifies you does not mean God does . . .   It is God who qualifies and is able to make us stand; not the opinions of men .  .  . read on .  .  .  :)

Genealogies are very important to the Jew. You have to prove your ancestry to make 'Aliya;' to return to the Land. You have to prove by way of your ancestry you are a Levite to become a Priest. If we were to study the Genealogies as they are listed, throughout the Bible, they would reveal some curious things.

In the Jewish Bible, the last book of the Old covenant is 2nd Chronicles, not Malachi; as it is in the Gentile version.
2nd Chronicles, (Divrei Hayamim Bet), is a book of Genealogies that flow right into the first book, Matthew, (Mattiyahu), of the four Gospels.  Which  are primarily four books about Christ's search for the "Lost sheep of Israel."

"This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham . . . . All those listed include 14 generations from Abraham to David 14 generations from David to the Babylonian exile, and 14 from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah . . ." Matthew, (Mattiyahu) 1:1,17

I am pretty sure this Genealogical record of Yeshua's Ancestry would stand up to the legal test for Christ to make Aliya; to RETURN to the land . . .

Another thing about the Ancestry of Christ . . .

Four women are mentioned in the Genealogy of Christ.  Interestingly they are not Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, or Rachel; the wives of the Patriarchs!

They are Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba.

Tamar, a deceiver who prostituted herself to produce children through her Father-in-Law.

Rahab, a Gentile and a prostitute in Jericho. Who BECAME a believer in God and the Mother of Boaz who married Ruth.

Ruth, a Moabitess Gentile who married Boaz and Became the Grandmother of King David.

Bathsheba, an adulteress and wife of King David also an adulterer and murderer.

I think most religious people would have chosen the wives of the Patriarchs rather then prostitutes, adulterers, and women of questionable ancestry to be in the lineage of David and ultimately the Christ.

God DID NOT however, choose the wives of the Patriarchs. . . He chose women, who in the worlds eyes, were of no reputation.
God qualifies those whom the world disqualifies . . . Hmmmmm . . . So much for the opinions of men.

It's NOT the natural character, history, intelligence, wealth, cultural lineage, or social standing, of men that makes a Man of God, it is the indwelling of Christ.
"Christ in us the hope of Glory!"

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