Pilgrim Uniting Church

12 Flinders St, Adelaide, SA

SUN 03-DEC-2017 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon – Length 26:39

Advent 1 – "Choose Hope" – Matthew's genealogy of Jesus is not a clinically accurate representation of a family tree – it is very selective and intentional, describing connections in a lineage. Most unusual for a Jewish genealogy is the inclusion of the names of five women, of whom four are non-Jewish and tainted with impropriety and scandal. This is a deliberate critique of the place of women in history, in the face of a patriarchal society. God in Jesus works in unpredictable and scandalous ways – we are called to invest in love, not hate; generosity, not meanness; forgiveness, not vindictiveness; and peace, not violence.
Matthew 1: 1-17