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God's plan...It is taking so long, so very long.
Do we give up hope?
There are many passages we could read to remind us of the assurances and promises that we have from God. However, today, I want us to find assurance in what may, at first, seem like an unlikely passage in the New Testament.
It's in a passage of scripture from the first part of Matthew. Let's look at Matthew 1:1.
This is where we are going to find our hope today, from Matthew 1:1 to Matthew 1:17.
Let's look at it. What it this section about?
Verse 1: "This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
That's right, it is a genealogy -- a really long genealogy, from Abraham to Jesus Christ.
No, this passage for today's source of hope was not a mistake. We are going to find a source of assurance and hope in a lengthy New Testament genealogy.
Think about the question, "How many generations passed between Abraham and Christ?"
If you look at verse 17 and then add up the generations, you will get the answer. It's 14 and 14 and 14 which is 14 times 3.
It's 42 generations passed from Abraham and the birth of Isaac, to the birth of Jesus.
And therein lies our hope.
God works, and has always worked, through many, many generations to fulfill his great plan for the world. He is patient. Early on, God promised His people that He would send the Christ.
From Adam to Jesus, we know the fulfillment of His promise took 6000 earth years.
From Abraham to Jesus, the time that passed was approximately 2100 earth years.
David knew the Christ would come. David longed for his coming. Yet, God fulfilled His promise at least a full 1000 years after David’s birth.
So we know that Jesus will return as he has promised. We shouldn't be doubtful because it seems to be taking so long.
Instead, we should expect it to take so long. For that is the way God has always worked out His plans. He is outside our time and works through our time in a manner that seems so long to us, but it is not long for eternity. And that is the way God fulfills His promises. God works through the generations. Long, long lists of generations.
This is our assurance for these times. May your will be done, Lord. May your will be done in your time, Lord.
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