His Laughable Family of Prostitutes and Murderers

Knots in Jesus' Family Tree

We have such a crooked natural disposition towards performance.

While viewing the second installment of The Bible series last Sunday, one truth rose up in crystal clarity above the other muddled scenes (ie: Green Mile Samson Hulk).

The episode started with a deceitful prostitute the Bible calls a hero of the faith (Hebrews 11:31).

It ended with a lying, murdering, adulterer the Bible calls a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).

And these wretched scalawags are the royal lineage that leads up to the perfect God Man, King Jesus (Luke 3:23-32). Only God would choose such a laughable line of turds by worldly standards.

The Root of David had a warped family tree.

The Great Shepherd had his share of black sheep in the family fold.

And we honestly think God can’t use our half-hearted, stumbling mess of a life.

Get real.

He only uses half-hearted, stumbling, messes. That’s man’s default posture before Him. All your past, present and future failings were factored into the cross before Adam.

You can’t fear failure when Christ has already proven you’re a failure. It’s the grace that covers and motivates you out of the failure that’s the end of your story.

Not your grave sin.

His great grace.

Bryan Daniels

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Author: Bryan Daniels

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Jessica, and a father of three boys: Josiah, Gideon and Judah. I teach high school math as a job, read reformed theology as a hobby, and write this blog just for kicks. With the rest of my time I coach football and track.

15 thoughts on “His Laughable Family of Prostitutes and Murderers”

  1. Great reminder. In the Asian community, our parents and “lineage” are a big deal. I’m often looked down on for this reason for an abnormal family (my parents are divorced). Always grateful that Jesus doesn’t measure this way, but more than that, he himself comes from a crazy background too.

  2. We need to be cautious when preaching “family values” that we don’t impose American, 1950s Leave it to Beaver values on a Bible that is so full of sex and violence, the FCC ought to censor it!

  3. “He only uses half-hearted, stumbling, messes.”

    I’m so thankful for this because my family is a meeeeessss! My brother committed suicide, my mom is a little more than off her rocker and I often feel like a bi-polar- super-star-sinner-twice divorced.

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