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Strength in Weakness

24 May

Hello again!

Yesterday we finished up with Hebrews, so now we’re going to take a leap back in the books of the Bible, to the Gospels, to look at the two (Matthew and Luke) that we didn’t read before. – This is what God gave me today in His word:

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, (Matthew 1:1-5)

Well, this is quite an interesting way to open up a book. What could we possibly learn from a string of names, like this one here? — Well let’s take a closer look at them:

Jesus is the son of David the adulterous, of Jacob the deceiver, of Judah, who was also adulterous, and of Ruth, the Moabite. Not exactly the most impressive heritage ever. – Though, granted, He was also the son of  God almighty… – So, why did God chose people such as these to be the ancestors of the Savior of the World? Wouldn’t it have been better for Him to choose the best of the best?

Well, no, in fact, it would not have been better. God uses weakness to show His glory for fully. When Jesus died on a cross, it seemed like He was defeated, rather than victorious. Yet that was how God chose to save the entire World, and because of it, His power is shown even more clearly (i.e. He has power to use even a cross). God also used those specific people, to give us hope. – He used even them; He used even a cross, so, in spite of our weaknesses and failings, perhaps He’ll use even us.

The point is this: yes, we’re weak, and yes we have failings, but so did Jacob, and look where he ended up. So, rather than worry about what we don’t have; whether it’s courage, ambition, or something else entirely, let’s focus on what God can do. – Use even us to spread His word.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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