If you figure this out, it is going to make you smile, make you thank God, and put you in awe of how the whole Bible fits together.
We tend to think of genealogies (yawn) as boring, but there is a secret in Matthew’s genealogy that shows you that the Bible is one story, not a series of unrelated stories, and it culminates in Jesus. It has to do with the year of Jubilee. In Leviticus 25 you can read about this wonderful celebration that occurred where people were set free, debts forgiven, and everything reset — fresh start! Note Leviticus 25:8-9 to see the time frame. This is the first part of the riddle.
The second part of the riddle occurs in Matthew 1:17-18.
Who can figure out the connection between the year of Jubilee and the birth of Christ? I want two things:
1. What is the connection between the year of Jubilee and the birth of Christ?
2. What does that have to do with you?
The real prize, if you figure it out, is it will put you in awe of God. But I will also award any book of your choice from my books to the first person with a complete correct answer! I’ll give you a few days and then announce the winner — or, if no one gets it, give you some more clues.
Put your praying and thinking caps on!