Note: Devotion taken from last Sunday's sermon on Matthew 1:1-17.
of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham (Matthew
If you were
to attempt to explain the life of the Lord Jesus where would you begin?
with Christ’s baptism by John.
with the birth of the John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, and then
proceeds to describe Christ’s birth in Bethlehem.
in pre-existence: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
like Luke, also begins with the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, but before he
describes his birth, he provides us with the genealogy of the Lord Jesus
Christ, or his family tree (Matthew 1:1-17).
applications can we draw from this genealogy?
First, we see the sovereign plan of God being worked
out in his providence:
At many points along the way it might have seemed that
all hope was lost and that the Lord would never send his Messiah.
So too we may despair in our circumstances, but this
genealogy teaches us not to despair. What we see is so limited. We will never
likely see in this life the fulfillment of all the Lord’s purposes, but we can
trust that his plan is good and that nothing can thwart it.
Psalm 42:11 Why art
thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in
God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my
Second, we see that the Lord works
through the lives of sinful and fallen men to achieve his own ends, whether
they be Jacob, or Judah, or Rachab, or David, etc.
The Puritan exegete Matthew Poole notes, “That it was
no way incongruous, that He who came into the world to die for great sinners,
should be born of some that were such.”
We trust not in the competence or the faithfulness of
his servants, but in the ability and faithfulness of our God.
Third, the end or goal of history is the coming of the
Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the son of Abraham.
This genealogy reminds us that he came in time as a
true man, to redeem sinful men.
This is the way the apostle Paul put it:
Hebrews 2:16 For verily he took not
on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all
things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a
merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make
reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Grace and peace,
Pastor Jeff Riddle