What do you do when everything goes “all wrong”? Like when you pray for God’s help in specific ways and everything goes exactly contrary to your petition…?
Reality is, it may all be going exactly right. It’s just hard to see how — till all’s said and done. I’ve seen that in scripture, and I’ve seen that in life.
Take the “Christmas story.” Two “wrong” things jut out like broken sticks:
1) Two Bible genealogies of Jesus… that don’t “agree”!
2) “No room at the inn…” or anywhere else decent…
“Wrong Thing” #1:
Luke 3:23-38 gives Jesus’ genealogy. Or does it? What about Matthew 1? After David, these two sets of “begots” differ totally.
It seems a mistake.
Their difference actually helps prove baby Jesus to be the prophesied Christ!
Matthew’s genealogical listing culminates with “And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.”
It doesn’t say “and Joseph begot Jesus”!
Joseph’s genealogy does show he had royal lineage—but a great problem mars his family line. According to Jeremiah 22:30, no flesh-and-blood son of Jeconiah would ever rule as Israel’s King—and Joseph descended from Jeconiah (Mt 1:12-13)!
Mary’s line given in Luke (as R. A. Torrey’s Difficulties in the Bible shows) reveals Jesus was descended from David through her, but not through Jeconiah!
Together, these two genealogies also point to Christ as fulfillment of Genesis 3:15’s seed of the woman, and Isaiah 7:14’s virgin conceiving and bearing a special son.
What at first glance seems to prove error instead verifies precise prophetic accuracy!
“Wrong Thing” #2:
What about “No room at the inn”? If God prepared so thoroughly for Christ’s first coming, why couldn’t Mary and Joseph find any decent place in Bethlehem to birth the King of kings and have to settle for some old cave or shed?
The little city seemed totally unprepared for Him!
There are other scriptures…
Zechariah 9:9 foretold His earthly humility. Micah 5:2 prophesied his birth in lowly Bethlehem. And Isaiah 1:2-3 just may foreshadow His bodily stay on earth beginning in about as humble a place as it could offer: a feed trough made of mere rough wood—like the cross…
Isaiah 1:2-3 speaks of the “Master’s” “crib.” How often I read that scripture without connecting it to Christ’s first bed! Comparing its Hebrew to Luke 2:7’s Greek word translated “manger” verifies that both mean the same thing.
And Luke 2:12 tells of angels giving shepherds a sign. A boy’s birth in a house or inn is no sign, just an ordinary happening.
Jesus’ lowly start in life also helped obscure him from Herod long enough for Joseph to make safe His and Mary’s escape to Egypt (Mt 2:13-18).
Perfect preparation, and place.
What about in our lives today?
Through blogging, comments and email, I learned of her financial desperation—and sent her to those two posts, telling how God worked out my problem when everything seemed going wrong. I encouraged her to hang on and trust God—to the last minute.
Then I got the jitters!
What if God didn’t do like He did for me?
Almost frantically I kept awaiting news of some surprise provision. Nothing.
Then appeared this post.
Read it and see how God does it again!… by working through things going “all wrong,” exactly the opposite of what she’d asked…
Did God ever work unexpected blessing for you in this way, through things seeming to go exactly wrong?