Articles and thoughts by Steve Green.
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Last Sunday, our founding pastor read through the genealogy of Jesus from Matthew chapter 1. Have you looked at it lately? You would think that Matthew, inspired by God’s Spirit would start his gospel with an impressive list of noble people in Jesus’ lineage. Not so. The Bible is not a brochure to elevate people to the status of heroes. It is a story of God’s gracious working in the midst of our poor, fallen world, rescuing poor, fallen people. Matthew’s genealogy includes stories of multiple marriages, lies, incest, prostitution, murder, adultery, economic difficulty and geographic displacement.
As Scotty reminded us, the beauty and comfort of the Biblical genealogy is that “there is nothing of life’s bitterness that cannot be woven into God’s providential, redemptive history for me. My story is not over; there are more chapters to be written.” Rather than cover up the reality, the Bible accentuates the glory of God’s salvation against the backdrop of our true condition.
I still like our town. It’s just that now I pray for God’s mercy and grace to rescue us from our foolish facades and bring spiritual healing to our broken lives. May the same be true for your town.
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