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Message of the Day: Jesus Has An Illustrious Descent But With A Humble Beginning!

Text: Matthew 1:1-25

Key Verse: Matthew 1:!

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham…” (NKJV)

A genealogy (generation, KJV) or source/origin is a book of one’s lineage in which his ancestry or progeny are enumerated.In the Gospel both Matthew and Luke recorded a genealogy of Jesus. Matthew’s genealogy is shortened. Some names are omitted, as was frequently done in genealogies, without invalidating the line of descent. There are 42 generations in three groups of 14 each cover 200 (1) 1000 years (2) 400 years (3) 600 years. However, the third group names only 13 generations, the 14th spot is obviously intended for Mary.

Luke’s genealogy is different. Matthew traces the lineage of Jesus back to Abraham, while Luke to Adam. The common opinion is that Matthew traces Joseph’s lineage, showing Jesus to be legal heir to the promises given to Abraham and David, and that Luke traces Mary’s line, showing Jesus’ blood descent: “who as to his human nature was a descendant of David” (Romans 1:3). By tracing Jesus’ lineage to Abraham, Matthew makes an appeal to his Jewish readership.

The Jews expected that the Messiah would come from Abraham; and it was important, therefore, to trace the genealogy up to him also. Though Jesus was of a lowly beginning, yet he was descended from most illustrious ancestors. Abraham, the father of the faithful – “the beauteous model of an eastern prince,” and David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, the conqueror, the magnificent and victorious leader of the people of God, were both among his ancestors. From these two persons, the most eminent for piety, and the most renowned for their excellencies of all the people of antiquity, sacred or profane, the Lord was descended; and though his birth and life were humble, yet they who regard an illustrious descent as of value, may find here all that is to be admired in piety, purity, patriotism, splendor, dignity, and renown.

May we now appreciate reading genealogies! Anyone can boast of his ancestors heritage, however, it is better of we will embrace a humble beginning and allow God to lift us up.

Sources:

Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.

Gundry, Robert H. A Survey of the New Testament. Third Edition. Manila, Philippines: OMF Literature, Inc., 2002.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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