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Welcome to our study of the book of Matthew! Over the next several weeks, we will be diving into each chapter of this powerful gospel, examining the teachings and stories of Jesus as recorded by the apostle Matthew. As we explore the rich depths of Matthew’s account, we will encounter Jesus’ call to follow Him as His disciples, His teachings on the kingdom of heaven, and His miraculous works of power. Along the way, we will be challenged to apply Jesus’ words to our own lives and to follow Him more closely as His followers. So grab your Bible, a pen, highlighter and some paper, and let’s get started on this journey of discovery!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity you have given us to learn more about You. Guide us in the direction that You want us to go so to gain a closer understanding of who You, while gaining a unbreakable relationship like never before. Give us understand to see, understand, and grasp the message that You have for us. In Jesus Name Amen
Matthew 1:1-17 is the beginning of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament of the Bible. This passage lists the genealogy of Jesus Christ, starting with Abraham and going all the way down to Joseph, the husband of Mary, who was the mother of Jesus.
The passage begins by stating that Jesus was the son of David and the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, who was the father of Jacob, who was the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah, and Perez was the father of Hezron. Hezron was the father of Ram, and Ram was the father of Amminadab. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon was the father of Salmon. Salmon was the father of Boaz, and Boaz was the father of Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse, and Jesse was the father of David, who was the king of Israel.
David was the father of Solomon, who was the father of Rehoboam. Rehoboam was the father of Abijah, and Abijah was the father of Asa. Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat was the father of Joram. Joram was the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah was the father of Jotham. Jotham was the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz was the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh was the father of Amon. Amon was the father of Josiah, and Josiah was the father of Jehoiachin and his brothers.
Jehoiachin was exiled to Babylon, and after the exile, his descendants included Shealtiel, who was the father of Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud, and Abiud was the father of Eliakim. Eliakim was the father of Azor, and Azor was the father of Zadok. Zadok was the father of Achim, and Achim was the father of Eliud. Eliud was the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar was the father of Matthan. Matthan was the father of Jacob, and Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Mary was the mother of Jesus, who is called the Christ.
The passage concludes by stating that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 that a virgin would conceive and bear a son. This son, Jesus, would be called “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.” The passage emphasizes that Jesus’ genealogy is important because it shows that He is the promised Messiah, the savior of the world, who was foretold by the prophets and is a descendant of Abraham and David.
A little more
Matthew 1:2 is part of the genealogy of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament of the Bible. The verse reads, “Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.” This verse establishes the line of descent from Abraham to Jesus through Isaac, Jacob, and Judah.
Abraham is considered the father of the Jewish people, Genesis 17:1-27, and is revered as a great patriarch in Judaism, and Christianity. He is described in the Bible as the father of faith and is credited with establishing the covenant between God and the descendants of Abraham, which is central to the Abrahamic religions. Abraham is also mentioned in the New Testament as an ancestor of Jesus, and his faith and obedience to God are held up as an example for Christians to follow.
Isaac is the son of Abraham and his wife, Sarah, and is considered the son of promise in the Bible. According to the book of Genesis, God promised Abraham that he would have a son through Sarah, even though they were old and childless. Isaac was born when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90, and he became the heir of the promise of God to Abraham. Isaac is also an important figure in the Abrahamic religions, and he is revered as a patriarch and a symbol of faith and obedience.
Jacob is the son of Isaac and the grandson of Abraham. He is also known as Israel, and his twelve sons became the twelve tribes of Israel. Jacob is known for his cunning and deception, as well as for his faith in God. He is also an important figure in the Abrahamic religions, and his descendants are considered to be the chosen people of God.
Judah was one of the twelve sons of Jacob, Genesis 49:1-27, and the ancestor of the tribe of Judah. He is also an important figure in the Bible and is revered as a patriarch and a leader of the Jewish people. According to the book of Genesis, Judah was the one who suggested that Joseph, his brother, be sold into slavery in Egypt, but he later repented of his actions and pleaded for Joseph’s release. Judah is also mentioned in the New Testament as an ancestor of Jesus.
In Matthew 1:2, the genealogy of Jesus is traced through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Judah, showing that Jesus is a descendant of Abraham and a member of the tribe of Judah. This is important because it establishes Jesus as the promised Messiah, the savior of the world, who was foretold by the prophets and is a fulfillment of the covenant between God and Abraham. The genealogy of Jesus is also important because it shows that Jesus is a human being, born of the lineage of Abraham and David, and therefore fully human and fully divine.
Further more, the genealogy of Jesus recorded in Matthew 1:1-17 is an important and significant passage in the Gospel of Matthew. It traces the line of descent from Abraham, the father of the Jewish people, down to Joseph, the husband of Mary and the legal father of Jesus. This genealogy establishes Jesus as a descendant of Abraham and a member of the tribe of Judah, fulfilling the promises of God to Abraham and the prophecies of the prophets. It also shows that Jesus is a human being, born of the lineage of Abraham and David, and therefore fully human and fully divine.
The historical and genealogical significance in this passage also highlights the importance of the family line of Jesus and the fulfillment of God’s plan for the salvation of humanity. It also focuses on the faithfulness of God for keeping His promises keeping his plan for the world with the birth of Jesus Christ as the savior of the world.
Finally, the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:1-17 is a message that speaks to the divine nature of Jesus and how important His birth is in the salvation of humanity. It is a reminder of God’s devotion and His lasting love. He invites us to trust Him knowing we can follow Him as our savior and Lord.
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