My main goal with this series is simply to allow us to read through and reflect upon these stories as we prepare for Christmas.
Matthew opens his gospel account with the record of Jesus’ lineage:
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 [c] 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 Abiud,
Abiud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Eliud,
15 Eliud 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 (TNIV).
Israel has been waiting a long time for the fulfillment of the promise that a messianic figure and descendant of David would take the throne and rule forever (esp. 2 Sam 7:12-17). Jesus is of the royal Davidic line. He is the Messiah Israel has been waiting for…
In Abraham there was another promise that had, up to this point, been unfulfilled. God had promised Abraham that all the families in the earth would be blessed through him and that he would be the father of a multitude of nations (Gen 12.1-3; 17). In Jesus this promise is finally realized because it is in him, a descendant of Abraham, that the nations will experience the blessings of God (Mt 28.19). He is the Messiah the world has been waiting for…
Jesus comes through a line of predominately foreign women, and all of them had sexual pasts that could be called into question (Tamar; Rahab the prostitue; Ruth; Uriah’s wife, i.e., Bathsheba; and Mary). As Blomberg (Jesus and the Gospels, 233) states, “If the Messiah can be born from this kind of ancestry, he can be a deliverer for all kinds of people, even disreputable ones.” Jesus is the Messiah for everyone.