Matthew wanted the Jewish people to know that they were given the Messiah that they had been searching for forever. Jesus was the Savior that the prophets had promised. From Matthew, the tax collector’s perspective, a systematic approach would be best. So in his mind, he started at the beginning. Not Jesus’ beginning, Israel’s beginning.
Matthew traced Jesus genealogy back to the father of the nation, Abraham. He then took the people through the 42 generations from Abraham to Jesus. Among those generations were some of Israel’s most beloved. Abraham, Isaac, Israel, Judah, Ruth, David and Solomon all who left rich heritages in Israel’s history. But, the lineage also included the stories of incest, prostitution, adultery, murder and chaos galore.
Jesus’ ancestry was not spotless or awe inspiring. It was real, and made up of real people–with real life issues, sins and problems. Jesus was God’s only begotten son; but, he was also a part of a heritage of people that made huge mistakes, and left God big messes to clean up.
The Gospels are the “Good News” that God understands us, and wants to have a relationship with us. What a great way to show us his intentions are real. He is one of us who came from a real family line; with real heroes and real villains.
God loves us and accepts us just the way we are–He did that with Perez-(Son of his own Grandpa),Rahab(prostitute from Jericho), Ruth(the Moabite), David,(murderer and adulterer), Solomon, (son of that tramp Bathsheba..)and so many more broken folks–and he will do it with us.
Thank you, Lord that our pedigree starts and ends with you; and that is good enough!!!!!
God Bless You
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9 Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12 After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
15 Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.