Matthew 1:1-16

Matthew 1:1-16

But, you know what is important for us to know...is that these people [in this genealogy] represent the fulfillment of a promise made by God. Why is that important? ...God made a promise to you, and God made a promise to me, that through His Son Jesus Christ, that He would save us...God made a promise, and God fulfilled that promise.When you’re reading this genealogy, you’re reading about a lot of shady characters. The bloodline of Jesus was not perfect, which it should be very comforting to you and I that God did not look for perfection even when He was birthing His Son onto the earth. He was birthing His Son on the earth because He knew we were imperfect and in need of salvation…

This [genealogy] is a proof of God’s faithfulness. That rather than God just destroying this nation [of Judah], He takes a group of men in to exile into Babylon, some of the royal family into exile into Babylon, in order that the bloodline of David would continue…

And what’s impressive to me about this genealogy is, whether men were faithful to God or unfaithful to God, whether men were true to God’s Word or not, even though they at times were very wicked, and some took Gentile wives, God fulfilled His promise. And then you get to the end here, and Matthew is very careful to say that Joseph was the husband of Mary, not the father of Jesus, and that’s very important…

So through both Mary and Joseph, her husband, Jesus is born and given the right to make the claim that He is of the bloodline of David and has the right to sit on David’s throne. And, by the way, this is what it’s all about. This is what it’s about for us. This is why we’ll study the gospel. This is why we’re going to study about the life of Jesus, and this is why it’s important for us to know Jesus, because Jesus then made a claim. He claimed to be the Son of God and the King that was given to us. And it all boils down to, what do we believe about Jesus? Did He have the right to be the King? According to Matthew in this genealogy, He had the right to be King. He had the credentials, as it were. His bloodline was pure…

But, you know what is important for us to know…that these people represent a fulfillment of a promise made by God. Why is that important? You know, God made a promise to you, and God made a promise to me, that through His Son Jesus Christ, that He would save us. If God can’t keep His promise here, how can we know that He’ll keep His promise there?… God made a promise, and God fulfilled that promise…

Matthew…followed the bloodline of Joseph back, and he can take you back to Abraham whom that promise was made to of a great nation, and to David, that a King would sit on a throne, and that King would be the Son of God, and that King would reign over you and I, and that King would also be our salvation. We’ve read the fulfillment of one promise. We’re going to read the fulfillment of many other promises as we go through Matthew.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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