Advent Devotional Series 2019 – Day 20

Matthew 1:1-17 

An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Aminadab, and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David.

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

And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Salathiel, and Salathiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

The Intersection of Our Lives

  1. What was the first thing that struck you about the passage?

I have been begotten and I have begotten. I have generations before me and there is already a generation after me.  And in God’s timing, I believe there will be multiple generations after me.

  1. How does this passage inspire you? Just as God was at work in all of these generations and in all of these stories, God is faithful to our generation and is in all of our stories. God is still at work and I am inspired to look for God at work. To wonder at how God is demonstrating God’s faithfulness to our generation.  Just as those generations trusted that God would be faithful to the generations to come, I trust that God will be faithful to the generations coming after me. I trust God will be involved in the stories of their lives. And I want to help the next generations to be a people looking for God and God’s work.
  1. What is something about this passage that you would want to share with Stone Village?

One of the many ways God has been faithful to us is by having our lives intersect. From this intersection, we have begotten together.  We have given birth together.  Not necessarily to children, but to dreams, to laughter, to love, to community, to hope, to fruitful labor, to justice, to peace.

We come together, we love each other, God births in us, and God births through us.  It is miraculous.  The Virgin Mary gave birth, but that wasn’t the last birthing miracle. Look around this amazing community. Definitely evidence of God being at work in our midst!

During this advent season, I pray that you will see what God is birthing in you, in others, and that you too would celebrate the new creations in your life and of Stone Village.