Luke 3:23-38

Luke

Today’s reading is a list of names.

“Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melki,

the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein,

the son of Josek, the son of Joda, the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the son of Melki, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel,

the son of Kenan, the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.”

Luke 3:23-38

Let’s begin today’s devotional with a few questions about the names.

How often do we come across a genealogy in the Scripture and look at it as the boring part of the Bible?

Is this just a list of names to get through or is there meaning and application for us?

Are there some relevant truths hidden in these names?

First of all, would you read the names differently if your name was there?

Would it be more interesting if your child’s name was written in this list?

How many of these people are you familiar with?

How many have you never even heard of?

Were they all great heroes of the faith?

Or were there some who didn’t always live up to the name hero?

How many would blush with embarrassment or cringe in shame because of the choices, failures, missteps, or outright sins recorded about them elsewhere in the pages of the Scripture?

Let’s look at some truths about these people.

Whether we recognize their names or not, God knew each one by name.

Whether we have read these names before and have simply forgotten, God never forgot.

Whether they entered the Scripture with a clean slate or their sins were splashed across the pages of the Bible, they are still in the line of Christ. And here, in Christ, there is no hint of their pasts. Here their names are not associated with moral failures, wrong choices, or blatant sins. They are simply and forever recorded as being in the line of the Messiah.

Here in this passage, their sins do not define them.

Being in Christ does.

If we have come to Christ, then our names are simply and forever recorded. God knows each one of us by name. He will never forget. And once in Christ our name need never again be associated with the sin of our pasts. Being in Christ can be what defines us as well.

Boring list of names? Definitely not! It is a message of hope and salvation.



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