Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"
Briefing: One thing that all law enforcement has in common is the constant battle to maintain truth and justice. Truth is what Matthew was also about. He was out to prove to all Jews that Jesus was and is the Christ, the Messiah, God's Son.
Dispatch (Assignment): As you read this genealogy, see if you recognize any names. There is a broad mixture of people.
On the Street: Matthew marks the first time in 400 years that God had spoken to Israel. The Old Testament book of Malachi documents the last time God spoke through a prophet. Israel had forgotten what it was like to hear from God.
I would agree that most genealogies are boring. That's not the case with this one. It starts out by listing the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In the middle of the genealogy, we see that Jesus is a descendant of King David. That puts Him in line to be king. After the genealogy we get to the birth of Jesus.
Mary and Joseph were not the kind of people with which law enforcement usually deals. They were upstanding citizens. The Bible even calls them righteous and highly favored. That being said, Mary gets pregnant but not by Joseph. He had the right to stone her to death. Today, this would be like citizens carrying out death penalties; vigilante justice.
The Bible calls Joseph, "a righteous man". We also learn that an angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph in a dream and he obeyed. As members of law enforcement agencies, we are in para-military organizations. We follow orders, but not from just anyone. We follow our chain of command. It is quite obvious to me that the angel of the Lord was in Joseph's chain of command.
Highlights from this Read: Jesus fulfills the prophecy that the Messiah would come from the seed of David. Joseph was not only Jesus' earthly/physical father but he was Jesus' legal father. Mary was also a descendant of King David. Her genealogy can be found in Luke. Either way you look at it, Jesus is a descendant of King David. In verse two, we learn the line of Judah was blessed (Genesis 49:10). In verses 3-6, four women are mentioned: Tamar (Genesis 38), Ruth (book of Ruth), a gentile, Rahab (Joshua chapter 2), a gentile prostitute and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:12-25), an adulteress. The Holy Spirit wants us to see this genealogy and the people in it. It gives us hope that no one is beyond being used by God. Verses 2-15 lists "the father of" or "begat". These are all fathers and their children. In verse sixteen, Joseph was not named "the father of" Jesus.
Investigational Resources: Additional investigation can be done by reading Isaiah 42:1-9, 53:1-2, and 61:1-11. These passages predict Jesus birth and life. Luke 3:23-38 talks about Jesus' genealogy through His mother Mary. In Matthew 1:19 Joseph is called righteous and in Luke 1:28 Mary is called "highly favored".
Officer Safety Principle: Immanuel means God with us. Jesus was on this earth among His people. We can also have Him with us. As Christians, God is always with us. He is our permanent partner.
from The Gospel of Matthew Through the Eyes of a Cop
©2012 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.
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