Introduction• The “perfect family” is an unrealistic, discouraging aspiration ???
a twisted, gnarled, messed up family tree
The perfect family?
Introduction• The “perfect family” is an unrealistic, discouraging aspiration• Jesus did not have a perfect, spotless lineage – 2 genealogies from different perspectives
The Genealogies of Jesus• Luke 3:23-38 • Matthew 1:1-17 – “the son of” – “the father of” – Through Joseph – Through Abraham – Back to Adam, – Fwd. to Mary, by the son of God whom Jesus was born
Introduction• The “perfect family” is an unrealistic, discouraging aspiration• Jesus did not have a perfect, spotless lineage – 2 genealogies from different perspectives – Fam. trees full of scoundrels, villains, and sinners
Luke’s Genealogy David (3:31)ADULTERY, MURDERS, DECEPTION, CONSPIRACIES Jacob, Isaac, Abraham (3:34) LYING, THEFT, SELF-PRESERVATION Noah (3:36) DRUNKENNESS Lamech (3:36) MURDER, REVENGE, ARROGANCE Adam (3:38) DISOBEDIENCE, COVER-UP
Matthew’s Genealogy Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (1:2) LYING, THEFT, SELF-PRESERVATION Judah and his brothers (1:2)FIGHTING, KIDNAPPING, CONSPIRACY Tamar (1:3) INCEST/RAPE Rahab (1:5) PROSTITUTION Bathsheba (1:6) ADULTERY
The Dysfunctions• Sons not following Fathers’ leading• Fathers not correcting Sons• Sons rebelling openly against Fathers, doing damage• Sons fighting with each other• Incest/rape, adultery, promiscuity• Favoritism• Death, intense grief• Drunkenness• Deceit, cover-up
Conclusions• The cycle of sin can be broken• God uses even dysfunctional families to bring Himself glory• His mercy is poured out from generation to generation – Protection from destruction – Provision for needs – Correction of waywardness
Hope for Recovery• Recognize the sin that is cycling• Confess it, repent from it, and change with God’s grace• Teach your children, grandchildren to fear the Lord• Pray for God to be merciful to them, blessing them through you• Lead by example, live righteously