In the western world the word geneology puts most of us to sleep. When we come up to a genealogy in the Bible we often skip over it to get to the “good stuff.” But in the ancient world genealogies were a big deal. People were a part of different groups, clans, tribes, and ethnicities that they often took great pride in.
The Jewish people were no different. In Jesus day the Jewish leaders (Pharisees) had set a high priority on being racially and morally pure. Marrying into another ethnic groups was highly frowned on. Pure blooded Jews were known to hike around mixed-blooded towns like Samaria so that they would not defile themselves. It’s also been said, that a Jewish priest had to prove that he was a pure blooded Jew by tracing his heritage back four generations on his mother’s side and four generations on his father’s side. They had to prove that they were the “real deal” before they could have authority.
Jesus was born into this kind of thinking and its no wonder he rocked their paradigm. You should seriously study the geology of Jesus at some point. In the book of Mathew there are there are 42 generations listed. None of the men listed were perfect, intact some of them made some graven mistakes. You will also notice the names of four women listed that had something in common. Tamar , Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba were all Gentiles. They were what the Pharisee’s would have called Pagans! They were women from an unclean race. And yet there they are in the opening chapter of the New Testament listed in the lineage of Jesus. Jesus lineage had universal blood in it.
Matthew chapter one is a beautiful introduction to a man who would be on a mission to extend grace to even to those beyond the exclusive club.
When people see you do they see you as a person of faith in an exclusive club or do they see a person who is a friend to all?
Caleb Bislow the author of Dangerous and founder of Unusual Soldiers.