OVERVIEW: This genealogy is not a boring beginning but a vital introduction to a Jewish audience proving Jesus’ lineage to royalty. It also reveals Jesus’ ancestors were not always who people expected.
BIG IDEA: God uses people of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds to glorify him.
KEY VERSE: Matthew 1:20 (angel to Joseph)
As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Do not let difficult choices overwhelm you. Sometimes your options seem limited because your vision is limited. But I am with you, and I have no limits. I see options you cannot see. I see miracles that can happen, even when your only choices seem difficult. Look at your challenges with new eyes. See them as opportunities for you to trust me.
You can be confident that I have plans for you. My plans are right for you, and they are good for those around you. Let yourself trust me in your current circumstances. Trust me with your hard decisions. Trust me with all the things you have no control over. I am inviting you to do things you cannot do on your own. I am working within you, transforming you to be who you need to be. Rest in me. Walk with me. Follow me on a grand adventure of faith where you will come alive.
Think of a challenging time in your life, or in another’s life, when God came through in a significant way. Give him thanks. Trust him with any challenge you now face.