We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Missing Person, Part 1

Do you enjoy a good mystery? Did you know that the New Testament begins with a mystery? Leading up to the birth of Jesus, Matthew records the family line of Jesus in three sets of fourteen generations. Well, one day I decided to count them, and lo and behold, there were only thirteen generations in the last set! Count it if you must but you will only find thirteen names.

Now maybe there is a reason for this missing person–a deep dark family secret perhaps? If I had descendants who were prostitutes, guilty of incest, murderers, and liars, I don’t think that I would record their names in a book for everyone to see. Matthew seems to hold nothing back however. He reveals that in Jesus’ family line there is treachery, sexual perversion, and severe self-centeredness, without any attempt to whisper or cover-up.

But if there is no attempt for a cover-up, then why the missing person? Before I explain why there is a missing person, I would like you to spend a little time in Matthew one and count the names for yourself. You may be able to figure out the mystery on your own. If you do, you will be blessed immeasurably! I will even give you a clue to help you find the missing person. If you read Jeremiah chapter 22:24-30, and the last chapter in Jeremiah (52), particularly the last four verses, you should be able to find the missing person. One more clue–take a look at the last word in Jeremiah in several different Bibles, including the NIV and the KJV. Once you see the difference, you may be shocked, but you’ll be well on your way to finding the missing person. If you can’t figure it out, tomorrow we will learn the identity of the missing person and why he has been left out of the family tree. May the search begin!

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