by Ernest Easley

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A Christmas Love Story (2 of 3)
Series: The Christmas Family Tree
Ernest L. Easley
Matthew 1:5; Ruth 1-4

Now with ten days before Christmas, we're going to begin today in Matthew 1 where again we find: The Christmas Family Tree.

Don't confuse The Christmas Family Tree with the Family Christmas Tree.

- On The Family Christmas Tree are LIGHTS.
- In The Christmas Family Tree are LIVES.
- On The Family Christmas Tree are DECORATIONS.
- In The Christmas Family Tree are DISCOVERIES.

And that Christmas Family tree is found in Matthew 1 where we discover the Family Tree that led up to that first Christmas Day.

Matthew 1.1, ''The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.'' Those are some names you would expect to see in the Family Tree of Jesus. But like your Family Tree, if you keep scratching around, you're going to find a few surprises, that at first, will raise an eyebrow or two. The same is true of Jesus. In fact, this Christmas Family Tree of Jesus has four Gentiles in it and they are all women!

Two of the women in the Family Tree of Jesus are found on he fifth limb verse 5, ''Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jessee (6) and Jessee begot David the king,''

Without Rahab and Ruth, there would have never been a verse 16, ''And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.''

By the way, the pronoun ''whom'' is feminine. It's a reference to Mary, not to Joseph. In other words, Jesus was not born of Joseph; He was born of Mary. All of the ''begots'' of history could never have produced the Son of God. He was the ''only begotten'' Son of God.

These two women: Rahab and Ruth are not only surprises in the tree; they are opposites! Rahab was a prostitute whereas Ruth was a virtuous woman and yet they are both in the Christmas Family Tree. Let me tell you something: you don't have to fit into a mold to be KNOWN by God or to be BLESSED by God ...

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