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 1:12-17, covering Jesus’ ancestors from the Babylonian Captivity up to the birth of Jesus. He also shares what we can learn from our current COVID-19 crisis as we think about the Babylonian Exile.
For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12
For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. ~ 1 Corinthians 2:2
BABYLONIAN OCCUPATION/BABYLONIAN EXILE
Babylon’s occupation of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah began with a siege around 605 BC and then various deportations to Babylon happened in 597BC, 587BC and 582BC. After the fall of the Babylonian Empire to the Persian Empire, the Persian King, Cyrus the Great, in 539 BC, began allowing some of the exiled Jews to return to their homeland.
The First Temple was destroyed in 586BC by Nebuchadnezzar and construction of The Second Temple was completed in 515BC. Again, about a 70 year time span that illustrated God’s complete and total judgment of the people of Israel and Judah.
After the deportation to Babylon: Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel. ~ Matthew 1:12
Zerubbabel was the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor. Azor was the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud. Eliud was the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob. Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. ~ Matthew 1:13-16
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations. ~ Matthew 1:17
DANIEL PROPHECY (490 years from restoration of Jerusalem to Messiah)
“generation” traditionally referred to 35 years. So, 490 years/35 years in a generation = 14 generations.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. ~ 1 John 4:18
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it we hung our harps. For there our captors demanded of us songs, and our tormentors mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.” How can we sing the Lord’s song In a foreign land? ~ Psalm 137:1-4