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Boring genealogy?

Scripture reading for March 6th:  Luke 3

When most people read the Bible, they are confused by the lists of names, many that are unfamiliar and hard to pronounce.  These lists are often skipped to get to the ‘good stuff’!  But our Father cares about names and keeps records.  Individuals are important and  God knows each person by name!  God also honors His Word given to past individuals.  He never lies, but is a God of truth!

“Now Jesus Himself was about thirty years old when He began His ministry.  He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, . . .The son of David, the son of Jesse, . . . the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham,. . . the son of Shem, the son of Noah, . . . the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.”  (Luke 3:23, 31-32, 34, 38)  Luke explained that it appeared that Jesus was the son of Joseph.  This is what some people thought, however, Jesus had been conceived by miraculous means and was really the Son of God!  (Luke 1:31-32) (Luke 3:22)  Joseph, however, was a descendant of David and that would make Jesus legally eligible to take the throne of David!  Jesus was also in the line of Abraham, and heir of the promises that through his Seed, all nations would be blessed!  (Genesis 12:3)  Jesus was also a son of Noah and his righteous son Shem.  In fact, Luke traced the righteous line all the way back to Adam and the promised “Seed of Woman” who would crush the head of the Serpent! (Genesis 3:15)

Genealogies are never boring in God’s Word!  They tell a story of God’s plans and His faithfulness to keep His Word.  Through faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, we are in His story too!

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God With Us!

Scripture reading for October 6th: Matthew 1-4

As we begin the New Testament, we are immediately made aware of Jesus Christ the son of David and son of Abraham! (Matthew 1:1)    Matthew’s eye-witness account of the life of Jesus Christ starts with a genealogy of Jesus from Abraham to Joseph.  There are 42 generations listed in this period of about 2000 years of history.  Jesus is the central figure of the entire Bible and especially the New Testament.  His birth, life on earth, sacrificial death, and resurrection from the dead are told by Matthew specifically for a Jewish audience who would appreciate the Old Testament and the various prophecies that Jesus fulfilled.

“Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”  “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means, “God is with us”. (Matthew 1:20b-23) (Isaiah 7:14)  We are introduced to a miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit uniting with a virgin named Mary.  The child would be a son to be given the name “Jesus” which means “the Lord Saves”.  This child would also be referred to as “Immanuel” which is “God with us”!  All of this was foretold 700 years earlier by Isaiah the prophet. This conception nearly caused Joseph to call off the marriage!  Imagine his surprise to find his promised bride pregnant!  God visited him in a dream with an angel messenger to give him insight into the plan of God.

It so happened that Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem to pay taxes and during that visit Jesus was born.  This was also no accident! “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of My people Israel”. (Matthew 2:6) (Micah 5:2)  Micah had spoken of the town in Judah where this ruler would originate.  Bethlehem means “house of bread”.  Jesus would be the living bread to nourish the whole world!  God’s plans are established forever!

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