Springboarding off of the Apostle Paul’s life focus, clearly expressed in 1 Corinthians 2:2, Pastor Greg launched an “open-ended” message series on January 12th, 2020 – focusing on “Just Jesus.” He is walking us through the entire New Testament, pulling passages from the Old Testament for context, and keep us focused throughout the year on “Just Jesus.” This week he covers Matthew 1:1-4.
For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. ~ 1 Corinthians 2:2
MATTHEW’S THREE KEY THEMES
- Jesus is the promised Messiah and King, a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and King David.
- Jesus is the new Moses, the new authoritative teacher, prophet, mouthpiece of God.
- “Jesus is God.
Genesis: (English word borrowed from the Latin and Greek)
Generation, nativity, origin, source, beginning, production or creation.
בראשית Bereshit – Hebrew
Genesis – Derived from its opening words “In the beginning.”
Genealogy: From the Greek γενεαλογία – genealogia
Gene- as in to pass on through the genes
-ology/-alogy “The Study of”
Genealogy of Jesus: The Study of His Beginnings/Nativity
Βίβλος γενέσεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ υἱοῦ Δαυὶδ υἱοῦ Ἀβραάμ.
This is the Book of Generations/Genesis of Jesus Messiah, son of David, son of Abraham.
This is the record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. ~ Matthew 1:1
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” ~ Genesis 12:1-3
The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed? ~ Genesis 18:17-18
Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord… At that time a root from Jesse will stand like a signal flag for the nations. Nations will look to Him for guidance, and His residence will be majestic. ~ Isaiah 11:1-2, 10
Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, ~ Matthew 1:2
Judah, your brothers will praise you. Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies, your father’s sons will bow down before you. You are a lion’s cub, Judah, from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He crouches and lies down like a lion; like a lioness—who will rouse him? The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs; the nations will obey him. ~ Genesis 49:8-10
The Lion of Judah – Jesus
The Kingdom of Judah – The Land of Judea
Jewish – Jews
Judah the father of Perez and Zerah (by Tamar), Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz (by Rahab), Boaz the father of Obed (by Ruth), Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. ~ Matthew 1:4-6a
A FEW CLOSING THOUGHTS
- All these names are well-known to Matthew’s initial audience, the Jews.
- Matthew honors three women in his genealogy.
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female —for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.
~ Galatians 3:26-29
3) Matthew is not candy-coating Jesus’ origins. His ancestors were all sinners. Like you and me.