Monday, December 4 – Matthew 1:3
Judah fathered Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez fathered Hezron, and Hezron fathered Ram.
Theater productions typically have tryouts and callbacks to decide what role, if any, each person will play in the final production. Those with obvious talent that fit the characters the best will be cast in the primary roles and others in a backup role, an understudy, or they may simply assist in the production in a different area. This process takes time and a lot of consideration, and it is a reminder of how intentional God is with the vessels He has chosen to use. Today’s verse is from a passage with a list of names not based on qualifications or even moral character, it is the lineage God used to bring His Son to earth.
In a time when women were not valued or usually mentioned in lineage, Tamar was included as a part of Jesus’s royal lineage. She did not know it at the time, but her love for justice would bear the fruit of the coming Messiah. Many times, we want to come to God based on our ability. We want to tell Him what we bring to the table regarding our gifts, our talents, and our resources. Tamar realized she had nothing to bring to the table, she was bound for insignificance as a widow with no heirs or legacy to leave. Jesus said in Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Those who recognize their need have a special place in God’s heart. They allow Him to cast the role they have in the world. When we are poor in spirit before God, He gives us a role and purpose in the world that we could never manufacture on our own.
- How are you prone to focus more on what you can bring to God than your need for Him?
- What does it look like to come to God knowing you bring nothing to the table?
- Pray and open your heart to God, confessing your need for Him.