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A Devotional on Matthew 1:1–17

Family trees and ancestries seem to be all the rage these days. But if we look back far enough (or, more likely, not so far!) we’ll probably find some scoundrel we’d rather not be associated with. Can’t we just cut them out of our family line? Edit history a little?

Matthew begins his account of Jesus’s life with a genealogy. But why start with Jesus’s family tree? Why not…