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February 12, 2020

Jesus’ Birth 1:18-25 Part 1 Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth is blunt and to the point, lacking Luke’s beguiling detail. Matthew seems to rush into the messianic narrative, impatient to recount Jesus’ powerful, earth-shaking ministry. So he summarizes the story of the incarnation. But the words he does use are charged with meaning. The word Continue reading…

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February 5, 2020

Jesus’ Ancestors (1:1-17) Part 10 Before moving on, just a word about “levirate marriage”. In De. 25:5-10 we read this: “If brothers are living together and one of them dies without a son his widow must not marry outside the family. Her husband’s brother shall take her and marry her and fulfill the duty of Continue reading…

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January 29, 2020

Jesus’ Ancestors (1: 1-17) Part 9 Then, there is another woman to consider. Bathsheba was a Hittite woman, wife of Uriah one of King David’s military leaders. While Uriah was on duty, David seduced Bathsheba, then had Uriah killed. To maintain whatever honour David could have salvaged from such a sinful, tawdry act, he married Continue reading…

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January 22, 2020

Jesus’ Ancestors (1:1-17) Part 8 Then there’s the story of Ruth. An entire, but brief, book of the Old Testament tells us about her. A Jewish man, Elimelek (“My God is king”), with his wife Naomi (“Pleasant”), migrate from Bethlehem to the region of Moab because of a famine. In Moab, shortly after, Elimelek dies. Continue reading…

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