Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 3, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 3, 2011
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
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
"An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah,
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 family tree?
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 patriarchal.
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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