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Ken Gire is the author of more than 20 books including the bestsellers, The Divine Embrace and Intimate Moments with the Savior. A graduate of Texas Christian University and Dallas Theological Seminary, he lives in Texas.
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An Insightful Moment Under a Tree
A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:
Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
and Jesse the father of King David.
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.
After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud,
Abiud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary,
of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
MATTHEW 1: 1-16 J
As a frontispiece to his gospel Matthew places a family tree. The tree is rooted in Israel's greatest patriarch, Abraham, and in its greatest king, David.
The fruit of the tree is Jesus.
Throughout Matthew's gospel is this pattern of root and fruit. The root of Old Testament prophecies. The fruit of New Testament fulfillment. Rachel weeping for her children becomes the collective tears of Bethlehem's mothers for the infants slaughtered by Herod. The voice crying in the wilderness, of which Isaiah speaks, becomes the preaching of John the Baptist. The striking down of the shepherd and the scattering of the sheep, recorded in Zechariah, are fulfilled the night of Jesus' betrayal.
Writing to the Jews, Matthew quotes the Old Testament more than any other gospel writer. He sees within the richly furrowed lines of the Psalms, rows of truth rooting below the surface. And within the seemingly fallow words of the Prophets, fields of seeds lying dormant in the soil.
Dormant but expectant.
For ever since the ruin of Eden, all creation has awaited its Savior, the promised seed that would one day restore Paradise. Season after season it has waited. Century after century. Millennium after millennium.
The hope of such a Savior is a universal longing. In pagan myths an echo of that hope, however distant or muffled, can be heard. In ancient legends a glimpse of that dream, however vague or distorted, can be seen. Within Israel, the hope was more distinct. The dream, more vivid. It was the hope of every expectant mother and the dream of every pacing father.
The dream of a Savior.
And the hope that he would come soon.
The Savior would come from a royal line. That much everyone knew. The line would originate with Abraham and branch through David. Yet despite how sturdy its trunk and how spreading its limbs, the Savior's family tree had its share of blight and barrenness, of bent twigs and broken branches.
Abraham, for example. A man of faith. But a man who also lied, sending his wife into the arms of Pharaoh and putting the promised seed in jeopardy. And he did this not in one moment of wavering faith but on two separate occasions.
And there was David. He was, the Scriptures tell us, a man after God's own heart. But he was also a man after other things. Bathsheba, for one. With whom he committed adultery. And for whom he committed murder.
Rahab was a harlot, an unsightly knot on the family tree.
Ruth was a foreigner, an unexpected graft, since marriages to foreigners were forbidden by Jewish law.
Uriah's wife goes unnamed in Matthew's list, but she is Bathsheba. Another adulterer.
Then there's the forked branch of Judah. And the twisted branch of Manasseh. And when we've gone through the entire line, we're left scratching our head, wondering, What are we to make of this tree through whose branches came the Savior of the world? What are we to make of all the sin, all the imperfection, all the failure?
Simply this. That God's purposes are not thwarted by our humanity, however weak and wayward it may be. That he works in us and through us and, more often than not, in spite of us. That he works with us, as a gardener works with his garden. Lifting. Pruning. Watering. Weeding. Whatever it takes to bring it to fruition. Or however long it takes.
This is our hope. That season after season he walks the uncultivated fields of each generation. His providential hands at work in the dark, cloddy soil. His careful eyes at watch over the growth. Watching over the budding faith of the young and over the branching influence of the old. So that something beautiful may blossom from our frail and nubby reach for the sky.
Table of ContentsContents
An Insightful Moment Under a Tree
An Insightful Moment with Mary
An Intimate Moment with Mary and Joseph
An Insightful Moment in the Fields
An Intense Moment at Bethlehem
An Intense Moment in Jerusalem
An Intense Moment at the Jordan
An Intense Moment in the Desert
An Incredible Moment at a Wedding
An Intense Moment at the Temple
An Intimate Moment with Nicodemus
An Intimate Moment with a Woman at a Well
An Incredible Moment with a Royal Official
An Insightful Moment at Nazareth
An Intimate Moment with Peter
An Incredible Moment with a Leper
An Incredible Moment with a Paralytic
An Insightful Moment at Bethesda
An Insightful Moment about Character
An Incredible Moment at Nain
An Instructive Moment about Forgiveness
An Instructive Moment about Hearing
An Incredible Moment in a Storm
An Intimate Moment with a Possessed Man
An Intimate Moment with a Hemorrhaging Woman
An Incredible Moment with the Five Thousand
An Incredible Moment on the Water
An Intense Moment on a Mountaintop
An Incredible Moment with a Demonized Boy
An Intimate Moment with a Woman Caught in Adultery
An Instructive Moment about Love
An Intimate Moment with Mary and Martha
An Instructive Moment about Prayer
An Instructive Moment about Life
An Instructive Moment about Watchfulness
An Incredible Moment with a Bent-Over Woman
An Instructive Moment about God’s Kingdom
An Instructive Moment about Mercy
An Instructive Moment about Our Father
An Incredible Moment with Lazarus
An Instructive Moment about Death
An Instructive Moment about Our Lives
An Instructive Moment about Humility
An Incredible Moment with a Blind Man
An Intimate Moment with Zacchaeus
An Instructive Moment about Faithfulness
An Instructive Moment about the Patience of God
An Intimate Moment with Mary
An Intense Moment Entering Jerusalem
An Insightful Moment at the Temple Courtyard
An Insightful Moment at the Treasury
An Intimate Moment with Judas
An Insightful Moment in the Upper Room
An Intense Moment in Gethsemane
An Incredible Moment in an Olive Grove
Another Intimate Moment with Peter
An Insightful Moment in Religious Hands
An Intense Moment in Roman Hands
An Intense Moment at Golgotha
An Intimate Moment with a Thief
An Intimate Moment with the Savior’s Mother
An Intimate Moment with Joseph and Nicodemus
An Intimate Moment with Mary Magdalene
An Intense Moment on the Emmaus Road
A Final Intimate Moment with Peter
An Insightful Moment at the Ascension
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