This Week’s Theme – Jesus Christ, Our Lord and King
This Week’s Verse to Remember – Matthew 2:1-2 – “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
Today’s Devotional Reading and Assignment
Please read Matthew 1:1-17
Whose Son is Jesus Christ in these verses?
How far is His line traced back?
Do you see any unusual characters in His genealogy? (v.5)
Please also read Jeremiah 23:5
Quote of Day – You can see the grace of God in this list of names. Note the four women mentioned: Tamar (v. 3, see Gen. 38); Rahab (v. 5, see Josh. 2; Heb. 11:31); Ruth (v. 5, see the Book of Ruth); and Bathsheba (v. 6, see 2 Sam. 12). Mary is also mentioned. These women illustrate the grace of God. Tamar was guilty of whoredom, yet God permitted her to be listed in the ancestry of Christ. Rahab was both a harlot and a foreigner. She was saved by her faith. Ruth was a Moabitess; and according to Deut. 23:3–6, she was excluded from the nation of Israel. Bathsheba was partner to David’s awful sin, yet God forgave her and permitted her to be one of Christ’s ancestors through Solomon. “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Rom. 5:20). – Dr. Warren Wiersbe in Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament