Matthew 1-2~ Day 1~ God's perfect time.
Welcome to reading the New Testament in four months! I am looking forward to new insights from my reading and hearing your thoughts on the reading!
So, let’s get started!
Have you ever thought that Jesus is taking too long to return to earth to bring his people home? I’ve thought that. But, today’s reading was a good reminder for me that God has his perfect timing.
God obviously doesn’t think that 1000’s of years was too long to take to fulfill his promise to Abraham. I recently read Genesis so that promise is fresh in my mind, “Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.” (Gen. 18:18) This is a clear reference to the Messiah for whom the Jewish people were/are waiting. So, when I read the first chapter, in today’s reading, the lineage of Jesus (1:1-17), It stood out to me that those names represent over 2000 years of Jewish history! God’s promise of a Messiah was fulfilled 2000 years after he told Abraham!
So back to what I mentioned earlier, Jesus tells us he is going to return someday (we will read that when we get to Matthew 24:27). It shouldn’t come as a surprise that 2000 years has passed since he said that. It seems to me, it’s God’s M.O. (modus operandi). 😉 So, if God kept his promise to Abraham, you can bet he is going to keep his promise to us about returning and it will be in his perfect time.
What stood out to you?