Monthly Archives: January 2011

Hindsight is always 20/20.

This phrase has not always been my favorite.  Normally, I am reminded of it in times where I have not been my best, nor made the best decision I could have made, or maybe have moved through a situation that might have been avoidable.  Even so, it’s truth is apparent, and the subtle nature oddly powerful.

So, I am entering a bit of a reading project.  Prompted by finishing reading a book by a pastor named David Platt, I am revisiting an old book.  These entries, while hopefully not as scarce as the meager smatterings have been on this site, hopefully will be found more frequent and help build the habit of writing some, even if just a little bit, every day.  The hope being that instead of rifling through old journals (which we found and dug out during our recent move) a digital record can be kept of some random thoughts and tidbits, hopefully useful to others, but if not, at least for me be places where I can return to take inventory of the road signs that sent me in this direction or that.

Tonight, Matthew.  Specifically, 1.1-16.  Go ahead, take a look.  It’s a riveting piece of scripture.  I’ll wait.

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Done?  No?  Ok, Ok, I’ll link it here:

1The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, (A)the son of David, (B)the son of Abraham:

2Abraham was the father of Isaac,Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of [a]Judah and his brothers.

3Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, (C)Perez was the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram.

4Ram was the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon.

5Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse.

6Jesse was the father of David the king. David (D)was the father of Solomon by [b]Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah.

7Solomon (E)was the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa.

8Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah.

9Uzziah was the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.

10Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, and Amon the (F)father of Josiah.

11Josiah became the father of Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the (G)deportation to Babylon.

12After the (H)deportation to Babylon: Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel.

13Zerubbabel was the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor.

14Azor was the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud.

15Eliud was the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob.

16Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, (I)who is called the Messiah.

Did you see it?  Ok, read it again …. I’ll wait ….. again.

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Done?  Still not seeing it?  Well, that’s ok, because I didn’t either, at first.  In fact, when I began the chapter, my mind kind of glazed over the long litany of names, just reading as fast as I could so that I could get to the “good stuff”.  I’ll highlight the nugget out of this one:

6David (D)was the father of Solomon by [b]Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah.

For those of you reading, maybe you are familiar with the story this scripture references.  For those that needed a refresher, let me give you the 21st century version.  David was hanging outside his house when he saw into his neighbor Uriah’s yard his wife, Bathsheba, sunbathing.  Nude.  David liked what he saw, and they did the unmentionables.  Well what often happens in those biological situations, Bathsheba tells David that her “eggo is preggo”.  But the thing is you see, David was also Uriah’s boss.  David wanted what he saw, and in a plan of jealousy and deceit to cover his mistake, sent Uriah on a trip across the world, and through specific actions from David, Uriah was killed.  David married the pregnant widow.

Well … see …. the story doesn’t end there.  This story, this selfish action, this horrible event orchestrated from the beginning by David, would place David into one of the darkest periods of his life.  He would lose a child.  The revealed guilt, the subsequent consequences, placed the very kingship of Israel into question.

But here’s the good news.  David and Bathsheba later bore Solomon, who continued the lineage from Adam, right up to a young Hebrew girl named Mary.

You see, sometimes, when we are in our darkest moments, when we make our dumbest decisions, when we are most selfish, hurtful, vile, or just stupid, not only is that not the end of the story, it may be part of the beginning.  This is not a license to do all the dumb stuff that you have been holding back from doing, instead, this is a license to Hope.  To know that through awful, horrible things, great things are yet to come.  We may not see it then, but, as they say …. hindsight is 20/20.