Ancestry of Jesus

Text: Matthew 1:1-17

I learned that the Bible is God’s legal document

  • Genealogy of a king of utmost importance.  Is he the rightful heir?
  • Matthew 1 is the legal record linking Jesus Christ to the throne of David.
  • Judgement in Revelation where the books are opened.  (The Law)
  • Summons to court if you neglect to trust Christ.  Or a wonderful pardon if you’ve chosen to trust Jesus Christ.

I learned that God uses imperfect vessels

  • This is not a godly line of holy people.
  • Even Gentiles included
    • 1:3 Thamar – Canaanite Genesis 38
    • 1:5 Rachab – Amorite Joshua 6:25; Ruth 4:21
    • 1:5 Ruth – Moabite Ruth 4:9-10
    • 1:6 Bathsheba – Hittite 2 Samuel 12:10, 24
    • 1:7 Naamah – Ammonite 1 Kings 14:21
  • God doesn’t need sinless people for this work, He’s just tying His genealogy to Abraham and David.
  • If I mess up, that’s me talking.  If I do something God is happy with, that’s the Holy Spirit working through me.  Same goes for you.

I learned that God’s family begins and ends with a miraculous birth

  • First birth in the genealogy is the miraculous birth of Isaac
  • Jesus Christ’s virgin birth
  • Reformation won’t do
  • Except ye be born again ye shall not enter the Kingdom of God.

I learned the harsh reality that some generations are lost

  • There are some missing generations in Matthew’s list.
  • When it comes to the things of God, some generations can be lost
    • Jehoshaphat – 2 Chronicles 21:1
    • Jehoram – 2 Chronicles 21:1, also called Joram
    • Ahaziah – 2 Chronicles 22:1 (missing in Matthew 1)
    • Joash – 2 Chronicles 24:1 (missing in Matthew 1)
    • Amaziah – 2 Chronicles 25:1 (missing in Matthew 1)
    • Uzziah – 2 Chronicles 26:1, also called Azariah in 2 Kings 15:1

I learned that God must get man out of the way

  • Virgin born facilitated by Jeremiah 22:30
  • Joseph was of the line of Jechonias (Coniah) and could never father the heir to the throne

I learned that God’s family is a heritage without death

  • Compare Matthew 1 to Genesis 5 – Adam’s line contains death.
  • Genesis 5 …and he died…
  • There is a “begetting” but no death

I learned that God’s miracles are always attended by critics

  • Virgin birth and the complications that attended that.
  • Isaac being persecuted by Ishmael

I learned that God’s timing is perfect

  • 14 generations + 14 generations + 14 generations
  • Fulness of time
  • Generation – Matthew 1:1, 3:7, 11:16, 12:34, 39, 41,42,45, 16:4, 17:17, 23:33, 36, 24:34