The Christmas Family Tree (1 of 3) by Ernest Easley

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The Christmas Family Tree (1 of 3)
Series: The Christmas Family Tree
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Matthew 1:1-5

Now with 24 days before Christmas, take God's Word and turn with me to Matthew 1 where we find

The Christmas Family Tree!

Now there is a difference between The Christmas Family Tree and The Family Christmas Tree.

On The Family Christmas Tree are LIGHTS; In The Christmas Family Tree are LIVES.

On The Family Christmas Tree is HOLLY;

In The Christmas Family Tree is HISTORY.

On The Family Christmas Tree are DECORATIONS;

In The Christmas Family Tree are DISCOVERIES.

And that Christmas Family Tree is found recorded in Matthew 1 where we find the Family Tree that led up to that first Christmas Day! We read in verse 1, "The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham."

I don't know how your family tree looks, but the Easley's have some characters on every limb! Searching and discovering relatives can be a risky proposition. You may find out some things you wish you hadn't! When your tree gets full, you look at that realizing that without those characters, there would be no you!

Well that is exactly what you find in the Christmas Family Tree! And like your family tree and my family tree, Jesus had a few surprising characters in His tree!

It starts out in verse 2, "Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers." No real surprises there. But like your family tree, if you keep searching long enough, you're going to find a few surprises. The same is true of Jesus. In fact, this Christmas Family Tree has four Gentiles in it and they were all women!

You find a woman named Tamar in verse 3 who was a Canaanite. Then there is Rahab from Jericho in verse 5. Also in verse 5 there is Ruth the Moabitess. And finally Uriah's wife who was Bathsheba in verse 6 who was a Hittite.

Without those four women and the rest of those on The Christmas Family T ...

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