Note: Devotion taken from last Sunday's sermon on Matthew 1:1-17.
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham (Matthew 1:1).
If you were to attempt to explain the life of the Lord Jesus where would you begin?
Mark begins with Christ’s baptism by John.
Luke begins with the birth of the John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, and then proceeds to describe Christ’s birth in Bethlehem.
John begins in pre-existence: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
Matthew, 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).
What 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 God.
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