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28 Days of Bible Study: Day 1

The People of Saint James and The Gospel of Matthew

March 16, 2020

Step 1: Read Matthew chapter 1

Read: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+1&version=NRSV

Listen: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/2Pet.1.4

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VED-6OkM7Js&list=PLcJVIuhI8isJJgv2R7PgPTFK5hpZSwckj

Visualize: https://www.stevethomason.net/studies/the-bible-bookshelf/loj/matthew/matthew-page-1/

Step 2: A little teaching...

The Gospel of Matthew starts with a genealogy and genealogies are BORING!

They’re boring until you get to that relative that was a bank robber or horse thief or president, then they’re very exciting! Now look at that long list of names and ask yourself, ‘who are the exciting members of Jesus’ family tree?’

Well... there is Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah and David... you can read about them in Genesis and 1st & 2nd Samuel. They may have been some of God’s favorites, but they were all somewhere between being bank robbers and horse thieves or worse.

And did you notice the women who were mentioned: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Uriah’s wife (aka Bathsheba), and Mary? You can look these women up in a Bible (Genesis 38, Joshua 2, 2 Samuel, 11, Ruth 1-4) and ask yourself, ‘What do they have in common?’ (Warning: they’re all in the PG-13 section of the Bible.) Ask yourself, “If God can use people like that to bring Jesus into the world, do you suppose God can use people like us/me to bring Jesus into the world?”

Step 3: Discuss, Doodle, Draw or Journal...

How far back do you know your family tree?

Are there any characters or scoundrels back there?

Do you have any favorites in your list of ancestors?

What traits from your ancestors do you see in yourself or your children?

Bonus points: post your reflections on our facebook page.

Step 4: Pray

Dear God, Thank you for this time together. Thank you for our ancestors, their gifts and history. As you used them to bring me/us into the world, use me/us to bring your love into the world once more. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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