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WHAT’S IN A NAME?  

| TUESDAY 17TH MAY, 2022

Our Daily Bread 2022 Annual Edition

By Tim Gustafson

Read: Luke 3:23–31; 1 Chronicles 3:4-9 (NIV) | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 1-3; John 5:25–47

[Jesus] was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph. LUKE 3:23

In God’s timing, our son Kofi was born on a Friday, which is exactly what his name means-boy born on Friday. We named him after a Ghanaian friend of ours, a pastor whose only son died. He prays for our Kofi constantly. We’re deeply honored.

It’s easy to miss the significance in a name if you do not know the story behind it. In Luke 3, we find a fascinating detail about a name in the ancestry of Joseph. The genealogy traces Joseph’s line backward all the way to Adam and even to God (v. 38). In verse 31 we read: “the son of Nathan, the son of David.” Nathan? That’s interesting. In 1 Chronicles 3:5 we learn that Nathan was born to Bathsheba.

Is it coincidence that David named Bathsheba’s child Nathan? Recall the back story. Bathsheba was never supposed to be David’s wife. Another Nathan – the prophet that bravely confronted the king for abusing his authority to exploit Bathsheba and murder her husband (SEE 2 SAMUEL 12).

David accepted the prophet’s point-blank rebuke and repented of his horrific offenses. With the healing passage of time, he would name his son Nathan. How appropriate that this was Bathsheba’s son, and that he would be one of the ancestors of Joseph, Jesus earthly Dad (LUKE 3:23).

In the bible, we keep finding God’s Grace woven into everything – even into an obscure name in a seldom-read genealogy. God’s Grace is everywhere.

Read: Luke 3:23–31 (NIV)

23 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melki, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josek, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melki, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,

Read: 1 Chronicles 3:4-9 (NIV)

4 These six were born to David in Hebron, where he reigned seven years and six months. David reigned in Jerusalem thirty-three years, 5 and these were the children born to him there: Shammua,a] Shobab, Nathan and Solomon. These four were by Bathshebab] daughter of Ammiel. There were also Ibhar, Elishua,c] Eliphelet, 7 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 8 Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet—nine in all. 9 All these were the sons of David, besides his sons by his concubines. And Tamar was their sister.

INSIGHT

  1. What unlikely places have you seen God’s grace showing up in your life?

  2. How can focusing on God’s big story help you find the Grace in your part of that story?

PRAYER

Dear God, help us to find your Grace everywhere we look. In Jesus name, I pray and believe. Amen!!

Read: Luke 3:23–31; 1 Chronicles 3:4-9 (NIV) | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 1-3; John 5:25–47

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