Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 3, 2005
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 3, 2005
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our new book
of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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The radical genealogy of Jesus
"The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of
David, the son of Abraham."
Genealogy defines us. We yearn to know where we have
come from. I certainly do and find most people both
want and need to know the answers to the following
questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? What
were my ancestors like? Why am I the way I am? What
are the traditions, strengths, and weaknesses in my
The Gospel of Matthew intentionally opens with the
genealogy of Jesus Christ. Because so many modern
readers are unaccustomed to the foreign sounding names,
it is easy to skim through the first seventeen verses
and miss the significant inclusion of four women found
in verses 3, 5, and 6.
The lives of Tamar (Genesis 38), Rahab (Joshua 2:1-21),
Ruth (The Book of Ruth), and Bathsheba who was "the wife
of Uriah" (2 Samuel 11-12) offer important insights and
a unique perspective for our reading adventure through
Matthew's Gospel. Women were rarely highlighted as
spiritual leaders in the Old Testament. Females were
not highly valued in that culture. They had no rights
and could not own property. Their culture was completely
Yet the radical genealogy of Jesus Christ recognizes these
women. By including their names in the genealogy, they are
no longer invisible. Their lives bring us contemporary and
relevant insights through their spiritual sensitivity,
leadership, courage, and obedience to God, although their
lives were incredibly difficult.
Matthew is making a significant theological point by naming
them. There is a place in this Gospel for both men and women.
I personally find this refreshing. So much of church history
has been written from a patriarchal perspective, automatically
excluding many great women of faith. Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and
the wife of Uriah help us better understand the family tree
of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Perhaps we have excluded others through our own willingness
to support societal traditions. Yet the genealogy of Jesus
Christ helps us see people through holy eyes.
God, teach us remarkable truths about Jesus in this genealogy
so frequently overlooked. Bless us with contemporary and
relevant insights for living through our own genealogy.
Teach us to value the men and women in our lives.
Grace and peace,
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