Family Tree

Everyone has family stories and history. Jesus is no different. In fact, Jesus was born into a normal family with all the same kinds of issues as everyone else. Our Saviour was just like you and me in his humanity, yet he also rose about it all as our Messiah!

1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron…
Matthew 1:1-3

24 About three months later Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant.”

Judah said, “Bring her out and have her burned to death!”

25 As she was being brought out, she sent a message to her father-in-law. “I am pregnant by the man who owns these,” she said. And she added, “See if you recognize whose seal and cord and staff these are.”

26 Judah recognized them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not sleep with her again.

27 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 28 As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, “This one came out first.” 29 But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, “So this is how you have broken out!” And he was named Perez. 30 Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out. And he was named Zerah.
Genesis 38:24-30

In the genealogy of Jesus, there are some skeletons in the closet. Oh, you thought that everything was perfect with little baby Jesus? Truth is Jesus comes from a family tree with some issues. The union between Judah and Tamar is one.

You see, Judah had a son named Er, who married Tamar, and then was so sinful God killed him. His brother Onan suffered the same fate. The third son, Shelah, was to be Tamar’s third husband, yet Judah did not arrange the marriage when Shelah was of age. Tamar was not happy, yet she takes it beyond the norm. Tamar wanted revenge…

She dressed up as a prostitute and disguised her identity to trick Judah into sleeping with her. Now, trick or not, it was Judah’s decision to sleep with a prostitute. That’s on him. Notice though, that when she gets pregnant, she is outed for prostitution and Judah threatens to burn her to death.

What saves her is that she has personal effects of her ‘client.’ She was pregnant with twins by Judah. Judah realizes that he had been tricked, yet also realizes that he was wrong to withhold his son, Shelah, from her. Perez is the son whose name appears in the line of Jesus.

Everyone has family stories. Jesus is no different. In fact, Jesus was born into a normal family with all the same kinds of issues as everyone else. He identifies with you and he identifies with me. He didn’t use any of it as an excuse – in fact, Jesus rose above it all to live a righteous life regardless.

This is our Saviour. The one who humbly took on the form of a human to be like us, live like us, yet never sinned so he could also be our perfect sacrifice to atone for our sin.

Come let us adore him.


Marc Kinna

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