Saturday, November 6, 2021
1 The family tree of Jesus Christ, David’s Son, Abraham’s Son:
2-6 Abraham had Isaac,
Isaac had Jacob,
Jacob had Judah and his brothers,
Judah had Perez and Zerah (the mother was Tamar),
Perez had Hezron,
Hezron had Aram,
Aram had Amminadab,
Amminadab had Nahshon,
Nahshon had Salmon,
Salmon had Boaz (his mother was Rahab),
Boaz had Obed (Ruth was the mother),
Obed had Jesse,
Jesse had David,
and David became king.
6-11 David had Solomon (Uriah’s wife was the mother),
Solomon had Rehoboam,
Rehoboam had Abijah,
Abijah had Asa,
Asa had Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat had Joram,
Joram had Uzziah,
Uzziah had Jotham,
Jotham had Ahaz,
Ahaz had Hezekiah,
Hezekiah had Manasseh,
Manasseh had Amon,
Amon had Josiah,
Josiah had Jehoiachin and his brothers,
and then the people were taken into Babylonian Exile.
-Matthew 1:1-11 The Message
We are about to learn more of Jesus, this time his family tree and his birth. To have a relationship, we should learn all we should know about Jesus, big or small. So let’s get into it.
The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah
Verse 1: The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:
Verse 1 study: Verses 1-17 share the ancestry of Jesus. We will finish the rest in tomorrow’s blog. This piece of writing and facts of history was preserved carefully. Matthew is writing and is doing it mainly for a Jewish audience. This is an exciting way Matthew starts off this book. Matthew begins with proof of two things.
- This shows that Jesus was a descendant of Abraham, the father of all Jews, and a direct descendant of David, fulfilling Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah’s line.
- What Matthew recorded showed Jesus is the true Messiah.
More than 400 years have passed since the last Old Testament prophecies. Then, faithful Jews everywhere were waiting for the Messiah (Luke 3:15). Matthew wrote this to the Jews to present Jesus as King and Messiah. The promised descendant of David who would reign forever (Isaiah 11:1-5). The Gospel of Matthew connects with the Old and New Testaments and contains many references that show Jesus and how he fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy.
Jesus entered human history when the land of Palestine was controlled by Rome and was an insignificant outpost of the vast and mighty Roman empire. The Roman soldiers’ presence gave Jewish military peace but cost them oppression, slavery, injustice, and immorality. This is the world that the Messiah came to.
Verse 2: Abraham fathered Isaac, Isaac fathered Jacob, and Jacob fathered Judah and his brothers.
Verse 3: Judah fathered Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez fathered Hezron, and Hezron fathered Ram.
Verse 4: Ram fathered Amminadab, Amminadab fathered Nahshon. Nahshon fathered Salmon.
Verse 5: Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab, Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth, and Obed fathered Jesse.
Verse 6: Jesse fathered David, the king.
David fathered Solomon by her, who had been the wife of Uriah.
Verse 7: Solomon fathered Rehoboam, Rehoboam fathered Abijah, and Abijah fathered Asa
Verse 8: Asa fathered Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat fathered Joram, and Joram fathered Uzziah.
Verse 9: Uzziah fathered Jotham, Jotham fathered Ahaz, and Ahaz fathered Hezekiah.
Verse 10: Hezekiah fathered Manasseh, Manasseh fathered Amon, and Amon fathered Josiah.
Verse 11: Josiah fathered Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
Verse 11 study: In 586 B.C., the deportation or Exile happened when Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylonia, conquered Judah, destroyed Jerusalem, and took thousands of captives to Babylonia.
Verses 1-17 studies: A total of forty-six people, which spans over 2,000 years, also all ancestors of Jesus, but had different personalities, spirituality, and experience. Some were heroes of faith; Abraham, Issac, Ruth, and David. Some had had shady reputations; Rahab and Tamar. Some were ordinary; Hezron, Ram, Nahshon, and Achim. Others were evil; Manasseh and Abijah. God’s work through history is not limited by human failures or sins but works through ordinary people. God uses all kinds of people to bring his Son into the world to achieve his will and accomplish it. God wants to use you as well.
Father, thank you for this recording of Jesus’ ancestors. This gives us a better strength in our relationship with Jesus to grow. Let us continue to have the education of Jesus, even in the small things. We don’t have to be perfect for you to use us. In Jesus’ name. Amen!