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The Name: Part 2
All Who Belong
Where do I truly belong?
Does God really want me?
Who actually belongs to the family of God?
ALL WHO BELONG
Two Name Changes
A List of Nobodies
So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
Abraham -> David | David -> Babylon | Babylon -> Jesus
FOUR WOMEN: Abraham -> David
Tamar: a Canaanite, victimized by Judah [Genesis 38]
and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar
Rahab: a Jerichoite, a prostitute [Joshua 2]
and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab
Ruth: a Moabite, inoffensive and loyal [Ruth]
Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth
Bathsheba: a Hittite through marriage, exploited by David [2 Samuel 11-12]
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah
“Oh, Christ is the kind of person who is not ashamed of sinners—in fact, He even puts them in His family tree! Now if the Lord does that here, so ought we to despise no one…but put ourselves right in the middle of the fight for sinners and help them.”
- Martin Luther
TWO NAME CHANGES: David -> Babylon
King Asa -> Psalmist Asaph: Spiritual _______________
But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth.
King Amon -> Prophet Amos: Social _______________
Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
A LIST OF NOBODIES: Babylon -> Jesus
And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor…
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
“He didn’t come for people who have it all together. He came for people with problems. He came for people whose lives were dysfunctional and messed up. He came for people who had driven their lives into a dead end. He came for those who had been mistreated, neglected, and abused. And he came for those who had gotten everything they wanted out of life and still found it didn’t give them what they were looking for.
- J.D. Grear