Is your family tree full of crooked or broken branches? Do you have some folks in your great grandparents' or grandparents' generation who aren't so great or grand? If so, you are in good company. Look where Jesus came from; it's not so pretty. But, His history wasn't a prophecy of where He was going.
Jesus of Nazareth was a descendent of Abraham. Ol' Abe had trouble with truthfulness. He lied like Pinocchio just to save his own skin (Genesis 12:10-20).
Jesus of Nazareth was also a descendent of Jacob. Jake tricked his brother out of his birthright (Genesis 25) and cheated his brother out of his inheritance (Genesis 27).
That's not all.
Jesus of Nazareth was a descendant of Judah. Now, dear Jude was so blinded by lust that he slept with his daughter-in-law because he thought she was a prostitute. When he found out that his daughter-in-law was pregnant, the self-righteous coward threatened to burn her at the stake for solicitation until he realized that he was the father (Genesis 38).
Jesus of Nazareth was also a descendent of Rahab. She was a high-dollar prostitute who sold out her people in exchange for protecting herself and her family (Joshua 2).
We aren't done yet.
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