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Jesus' Family Tree

1 Chronicles 2:1-17 :

These are the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. The sons of Judah: Er, Onan, and Shelah; which three were born to him of Shua’s daughter the Canaanitess. Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in Yahweh’s sight; and he killed him. Tamar his daughter-in-law bore him Perez and Zerah. All the sons of Judah were five. The sons of Perez: Hezron and Hamul. The sons of Zerah: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Dara; five of them in all. The son of Carmi: Achar, the troubler of Israel, who committed a trespass in the devoted thing. The son of Ethan: Azariah. The sons also of Hezron, who were born to him: Jerahmeel, Ram, and Chelubai. Ram became the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, prince of the children of Judah; and Nahshon became the father of Salma, and Salma became the father of Boaz, and Boaz became the father of Obed, and Obed became the father of Jesse; and Jesse became the father of his firstborn Eliab, and Abinadab the second, and Shimea the third, Nethanel the fourth, Raddai the fifth, Ozem the sixth, David the seventh; and their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. The sons of Zeruiah: Abishai, Joab, and Asahel, three. Abigail bore Amasa; and the father of Amasa was Jether the Ishmaelite.

As I was reading this Jewish part of humanity's family tree, I was surprised that the author skipped from Judah's grand kids to Ruben's first son, Carmi. God didn't even mention Reuben again. Notice that God didn't even write down Reuben's family tree first even though he was the first-born of Israel. Judah's family was mentioned first and his name is mentioned five times in this second chapter of Chronicles. Reuben's grandson, Achar, went down in history as "the troubler of Israel," but Judah was not righteous either. Three of his sons were not worthy and he ended up sleeping with his widowed daughter-in-law, thinking she was a prostitute!

What we do see here is the choice of God. Notice that these names travel right down the kingly line of Judah to David and will ultimately lead to Jesus. Even though we are sinful and often careless, God makes sure that we have a chance to accept His Salvation.

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