Matthew chapter 1 is a fantastic introduction to the story of Jesus. Some of the best stories have a hidden purpose. It is something that goes on behind the scenes and towards the end of the story, all is revealed.
Have you ever watched a movie that kept showing you "coincidences" that seemed to be random? They made them seem so unimportant that we quickly glazed right over them.
However, right towards the end, the big reveal comes. The jaw-dropping revelation that nothing was by coincidence. No matter how seemingly small and insignificant the event was, it had a purpose.
No matter how seemingly small the character was, they had a significant, history-changing purpose.
Nothing was by coincidence.
That's a great story! And that is the kind of story we read about in chapter 1 of the book of Matthew.
Finding our purpose is one of the greatest journeys we can take. Because my life and your life are not by coincidence. We all have a purpose (whether we know it or not).
Our life is short! That's not just a catchy phrase but our life will rapidly pass us by and it's up to each of us to make a conscious decision to find and fulfill the purpose in our life.
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On a good note, there's a book that has been provided to us to tell us our exact purpose. You guessed it...
God's Word is the #1 source in finding what God has planned and designed for us. The Bible is profitable for reproof, correction, instruction and it's full of examples of people looking for their purpose...
and what happens to those that decided to not fulfill their purpose.
In this 1st chapter of Matthew, we read the genealogy of Christ and we notice some amazing people that God used in the lineage of the birth of Jesus. These men and women were not married by coincidence, they were not born "just because", but they fulfilled a far greater purpose.
Take Abraham and Isaac. God promised that his seed would be as the sands of the sea and the stars in the sky, however, Abraham only had 1 child. How can such a great promise come from just 1 offspring? But it did! Looking back Abraham could see that this one child did bring out the fulfillment of God's promise.
Look at Rachab (who is known as Rahab the harlot) or Ruth the Moabitess.
"Do you mean God used non-Israelites?"
You bet! Even back in the Old Testament, God revealed a foreshadow of things to come and that entry is by Faith, not by circumcision, not by nationality but the promise is unto all, even as many as the Lord our God shall call!
God didn't randomly choose Mary to be His earthly Mother nor Jacob to fulfill the role of an earthly father. Both were chosen and hand-picked for such a time as this because God saw in them what we can't see.
So the question is, do you exist in the 21st century by coincidence?
You may not think there's a purpose to your life, your existence. I'm sure these people mentioned in Matthew 1 felt the same way at times.
To find your purpose you must believe.
Believe that you have a purpose. Believe that God called you to a purpose.
The next step is to let go.
It's hard to fulfill His purpose in our lives if we control the reins.
If we could learn to "let go" and seek His counsel in every decision of our lives, we will end up walking right down the path that was designed for us.
And it is a beautiful path. It's a path that leads to life and life more abundantly.
We will look back, just as Ruth looked back and recognized the significant moment when she chose to believe and to let go and say to Naomi, "...your God will be my God."
The genealogy of Christ from Abraham to Joseph
1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;
5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;
8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;
9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;
11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:
12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;
13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;
14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;
15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;
16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.
The story of Jesus's birth
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.