What It Tells Us
A line from Abraham proves God’s faithfulness.
A line from Judah, Jechoniah, and Manasseh, demonstrate God’s forgiveness.
If there are evil sinners in the line, it is only to show that God can shift malice into kindness.
If God’s faithful are in the line, it is only to show God’s truthfulness.
Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba are mentioned in the line.
Each name shows more of God’s character.
Rahab was a harlot, and Bathsheba an adulteress, but still to them God was kind.
Ruth was a Moabite, but her faith and trust led her to her great redeemer.
Shealtiel, Zerubbabel, Abuid and Eliakim,
Before Joseph came Eleazar, Matthan, Jacob and Achim.
The line shows that by right the throne belongs to Him.
The line shows that Jesus came for sinners because sinners are his kin.
From Abraham to Joseph they waited for the promised King;
Lord bless the day he was born; for that day we offer praise; for that day we sing.
Look to the east, the wise men come.
They search for the Jews’ king.
Born in Bethlehem was God’s only begotten Son
just as the prophet said in his writing.
From there was born a ruler
who is the shepherd for Israel.
There is no way to a life that’s fuller
than to be among our Savior’s faithful.
They are here with treasures for His birth:
gold, frankincense and myrrh,
but those gifts are only a fraction of His worth.
For the day of His birth was one of wonder.
His risen star showed the way
to the Christ who was born on that glorious day.
Strong and Courageous
He promised to give every place Joshua’s foot walked on.
He promised no man would stand before him.
Three times God told him to be courageous and strong,
for God would never leave or forsake him.
He was warned not to turn from the law to the left or to the right.
He was told to meditate on the lay every day and every night.
With God at his side, Joshua would win every fight.
With God beside him, everything would be alright.
Let us hear your word, our God above.
Let us follow your path and do your will.
Let us keep your words in our hearts with love.
Even in times of trouble, let us keep them still.
Smile, oh God, on those who are strong and courageous.
Let us face our trials with faith, for You are always with us.
He Chose to Obey
He could have sent Judas away.
He could have remained hidden.
Instead Jesus chose to obey
so that He might do as the Scriptures had written.
He could have let Peter fight.
He could have petitioned for angles and received more than twelve legions.
Instead He chose to do what was right
and accept the price for our salvation.
He could have come down from the cross
and proven himself to the chief priests, scribes, and elders,
Instead he chose to endure the cost,
so that he could provide hope for all of us sinners.
Our glorious Savior chose to let himself die
to obey our Father and provide us a path to life.
When We Have Faith
When Joshua obeyed in faith, the walls of Jericho fell.
When Moses obeyed in faith, the Red Sea parted.
For those who obey and have faith, all will be well.
Blessed are those who work to walk the path You’ve charted.
Goliath fell to a young David and his sling.
Abraham and Sarah eventually gave birth.
Ruth offered her faith and became grandmother the king.
Elijah asked, and fire fell to the earth.
Gideon had faith, and God delivered Midian into his hands.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had faith and were protected from immolation.
A centurion’s servant was healed simply by Jesus’s command
A thief on the cross asked Christ to remember him and thus, found salvation.
Mountains can move from here to another place.
Indeed all things are possible if we only have faith.
Again and Again
Peter denied Christ three times,
but he was still the rock on which Christ’s church was built.
Peter had doubt sometimes,
but he always repented, for he acknowledged his guilt.
Christ taught us about forgiveness
in the parable of the unforgiving servant.
That wicked man sought payment with ruthlessness
even though his master was benevolent.
One should forgive
as he was forgiven.
For each day that we all may live,
we should pardon our brothers no matter what offense was given.
How often should we let go each time our brother offends us?
Seventy times seven is what our lord Jesus Christ tells us.
He Can Not Be Denied
Herod wanted to prevent His birth,
so he had all the children in Bethlehem killed.
But all of his effort and desire was of little worth,
for all of his evil only helped to see prophecy fulfilled.
Pharisees sought to prevent His teaching,
so they challenged Him and questioned his miraculous deeds.
But all their effort to stop His preaching
only provided the opportunity to place on display their hypocritical misdeeds.
Caiaphas sought to destroy Him and put his life to an end,
so the chief had Him crucified, and a guard for his tomb was given.
But with the will of God, they could not contend,
for after the third day, just as He said, He is risen.
The power of Christ can not be denied,
for the Son of God is King, and over Earth he will preside.