Behind the Name

The Slanting NHave you ever looked at Matthew 1:1-17, that bit which is titled in the NIV version as “The Genealogy of Jesus”. I have to be honest and say that when I come across these types of Bible genealogies I tend to skip over them having done so with this one in Matthew on more than one occasion when I was younger. That was until I started a Bible study on Matthew and found myself spending getting on for almost 3 hours on just the first chapter of Matthew as the person who had written it had done so on a very deep, theological level, much of which was interesting but also way too heavy for me.

The thing I remember most from that study was that the writer pointed out that this genealogy was like a slanting N starting with a 14 generations rise from Abraham to King David, but then it came down as we had 14 generations from David’s time to the Babylonian exile and that was followed by another 14 generation rise taking us from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah. And I really connected with that as looking back over my own life I spent the first 22-ish years growing up going to church, this was followed by 22-ish years trying to do life on my terms and with each passing year things getting worse. And so now having reconnected with my faith in a deeper way than I ever had when I was younger I can see the rise to good things ahead of me which God has promised. Although between you and me I am asking God for a lot more than another 22-ish years of rise.

But that is the simple reason why this blog is called the Slanting N and has nothing to do with typography or fancy fonts but my journey as a Christian which is always on going which is why it is the Slanting N rather than the Slanted N.

Ephesians 5:14
This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14 (NIV)

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