id you choose your parents or select the country into which you were born? Why were you born at all, rather than being stillborn or aborted? How about your personality? Were you asked if you wanted to be smart, beautiful, or passive in your behavior before you were born? If we are quiet long enough and think about our lives, we know that we did not have a choice. We believe that our parents decided to give us birth, but why were you not born to some other parents? We believe that the genes of our parents, grandparents, and distant relatives have determined our personalities and physical appearances; but why do some children look differently than the rest of the family? Why do some children in the family act so radically differently from the others? They lived in the same home with the same loving parents. The answer is found in our God, who selected your parents and used your ancestors’ genes to shape your appearance and personality as He desired. King David wrote,
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. (NASB) Ps. 139:13
Jesus’ Personality. God is in the business of giving us the parents which
are best for us, parents who will either lead us to Him if they are godly or drive us to pursue Himself if
they are evil. God does this because ultimately he is seeking a relationship with us.
God also selected His own earthly parents. Jesus Christ was born into a poor family to teenage
parents who were descendants of significant ancestors. We are told in Isaiah that He was not a handsome man
(Isa. 53:2). Yet, He was God in human flesh. Why didn’t God select a handsome body and wealthy parents
for Jesus? This is a challenging thought for us since we live in cultures that are focused on wealth and
God selected Joseph and Mary because they fit the mission in life that Jesus came to fulfill.
Jesus’ Parents. We saw in our last study that Joseph, who was thought
to be His father, was a descendant of a royal line whose ancestor was King David. That was Joseph’s genealogy
which is given in Matthew 1:1-17. The Holy Spirit has also given us another genealogy about Jesus the Christ
and it is found in Luke 3:23-38.
While the passage tells us that people had assumed that Joseph was the father of Jesus, it is
not true that Joseph’s father was Eli.
When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, as was supposed,
the son of Joseph, the son of Eli . . . (NASB) Luke 3:23
If Eli is Joseph’s father, then why does Matt. 1:15 say that Jacob is Joseph’s father? A hint
to the answer is found in a Jewish document called the Hieros Chagiagah 77.4. It states that Mary’s father
was Heli. Since genealogies were very important to the Jews, this fact should not be ignored. If this is true,
this means that the Holy Spirit is giving us Mary’s genealogy in this passage and therefore we should
read the passage as follows,