NEW SERIES OF STUDIES
Yesterday we are started a new series in our Thought for the Day looking at the Gospel of Matthew. We will be going through whole book a few verses at a time, reflecting on all the stories, sermons and parables, and will take us around a year to finish. It’s going a long series, but that will allow us to get to know Matthew’s Gospel, reflect on verses we’ve perhaps never read before, and above all to spend a year learning and reflecting on Jesus, who is the centre of our faith.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
Matthew 1 : 6b-11
You might be looking at this genealogy and wondering what in the world this is doing as a thought for the day. What do we learn or what is the key lesson from a list of names, and a list of names that has a lot of names we might not recognise? There is one name at the beginning of this list which is a key figure in the story of Jesus, David. God promised David that the Messiah would descend from him, and this genealogy shows us that God kept God’s promise. God doesn’t forget what has been promised to each person whom he has called to be the Lord’s servant.
We are each called to be a servant of God. Our genealogy might look different from that of Jesus, but we are still a part of the family of God. We have all received the promise of love and grace which God gives us. We all have been given the charge to go out and serve God’s people and all of God’s creation.
In a time when we might wonder where God is in the midst of our current circumstances, let us not forget that God does not forget the promises made to us by God. God does not forget us. Let us not forget who we come from, who has claimed us, and continues to call to us.
Prayer: God of ages past, present, and future, we give you thanks that you keep your promises. Thank you for remembering us, and continuing to claim us as your beloved. Help us to remember and live out the calling you have placed on our lives to be your servants.
Action: Have you ever wondered about your family history? Take some time to find out more about your family. You might find out some interesting things about the people in your family. It also gives you a chance to connect with your family.