2021_01_06 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
I am looking forward to our 2021 Bible Reading Plan! As we read and learn together, I am certain that God will strengthen, and deepen, our faith in ways that will really surprise us. If you missed Kim Feld’s post on Monday, which sets up the book of Matthew, you can check it out here - http://bit.ly/2021_01_04_Post.
Let me point out two examples in our reading this week that highlight just how much God cares for ALL people. The first one shows up in the genealogy in chapter 1,“Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab)”. Matthew 1:5 (NLT) It would be easy to miss this, but including Rahab in this list was a big deal. Rahab was a prostitute that committed her life to God during the time of Joshua’s leadership in Israel. Instead of hiding her story, it is highlighted as a picture of God’s love and redemption.
The second example is found in chapter 2 and it shows how God seeks a relationship with all people, “Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” 2:1-2 (NLT)
These wise men, or “Magi”, were probably from Persia and were skilled in all kinds of disciplines including astronomy. They saw something in the sky that seriously got their attention, and based on what they had heard from the local Jewish people , they were convinced that the long-awaited King of the Jews had come. God got the attention of these “pagans” through a medium they understood, and their openness to Him was demonstrated by their journey to see the new King. I love this about our Heavenly Father!
By the way, some have speculated that the “star” they saw and followed was the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter that occurred in 7BC, and this same phenomenon occurred here on Dec 21 for the first time in 800 years!