From Abraham to Joseph to The Christ
Scripture reading for July 16th: 1st Kings 19-21, 2nd Chronicles 17, Psalm 129, Matthew 1
Key Scriptures: Matthew 1:1, 7-8. 16-17 “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. . . .and David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, . . .and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.”
The Gospel of Matthew begins with a genealogy tracing the line of Joseph all the way back to Abraham, the father of faith and the Jewish nation. Matthew was showing that the Christ had a lineage through Joseph to both King David and Abraham. He was a real man, but the Christ–Son of God. Joseph had been betrothed to Mary, a virgin. She had been found with child by the Holy Spirit. Joseph had been instructed to go ahead with the marriage and to name the child “Jesus” because He would save His people from their sins!
Psalm 129:5 “The Lord is righteous; He has cut the cords of the wicked.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the record of Jesus’ earthly lineage and how it fulfilled what You had written by the prophets. Help me to proclaim Jesus and His saving power today!
2nd Chronicles 17:3 “The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. . . .”