His Claim To David’s Throne
More than any other Gospel writer, Matthew refers to messianic prophecy from the Old Testament. This is because Matthew’s gospel was directed primarily at Jewish people through whom the Bible was written. They longed to welcome their promised and long awaited conquering King. This Coming One would be identified by His fulfillment of certain criteria established long before His time. Jesus’ genealogy would contain important keys to His identification by His own Jewish people. He would be a descendant of Abraham. He would be a descendant of Judah. He would be a descendant of David.
Matthew’s account of Jesus’s family history stretches from Abraham through fourteen generations to King David. Fourteen generations later the Southern Kingdom of Judah was deported to Babylonia. After another fourteen generations, the scarlet thread was stitched through the fabric of God’s grand story in Bethlehem, just as God had promised. But…
Even though He had all the credentials, Yeshua was not what most of Israel was expecting!
Many of us who celebrate Christmas doubtless have nativity sets placed around our homes at that time of year. My house is no exception. Many of the nativity sets you’ll see include figures that represent the Magi who personally presented their gifts to an infant that had been born in a stable surrounded by his parents, lowly shepherds, and smelly animals.
However, contrary to the image portrayed on Christmas cards, the Magi did not arrive with their gold, frankincense, and myrrh on the night of Yeshua’s birth. They arrived approximately 2 years later. Strangely, these men from Chaldea had been watching for the signs of the birth of the King of the Jews. When they found Him, the Magi worshiped God, thanking Him for the wonder that they had been allowed to witness. How did they know what to look for?
It is likely the Magi had been studying the Hebrew Bible for many years. How the books of the Hebrew Bible came to be in their possession is an entirely different story. But the fact is that these Gentile worshipers of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew what to look for concerning the first coming of God’s only Son. By faith, they set out on a long journey to see Him face to face. When they arrived they were awestruck as is everyone who truly meets Him to this day.
Important differences between the family trees outlined in Matthew and Luke should be understood. Matthew’s genealogy traces Joseph’s line froward from Abraham to Jesus, Luke’s genealogy works backward through Mary’s line all the way to Adam, the son of God. Why the two records? Both of these genealogies reveal important facts about Jesus’s right to claim the throne of King David, just as 2 Samuel 7:12-16 declares.
#3 Life of Messiah – Genealogy The following video is part of a series on the Life of Messiah being taught in the Carpenters Class at Wayside Chapel in San Antonio, TX. We meet Sunday morning at 9:00 AM in the 300 Building. If you live in the area, we would love to have you join us. The address is 1705 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX, 78213.
Never Forget Where You Came From
Most of us are able to identify similarities with our parents, grandparents, and even members of our family tree going back generations. Various facets of our personality are directly related to cultural and historical factors. Others are genetic. The older I get, the more I realize commonalities with my father. Even though we have spent many years and miles apart, in some ways we are very much alike. His family came from England and Scotland. I guess that is where I got this strange love for offal, chicken gizzards. Love of music, history, and cooking are also common points of interest.
Jesus had a human side. While we have no pictures, perhaps Jesus looked like Mary. As she looked at her son, what did she see of herself in Him? What did He see of her? Jesus had to be human to fulfill the requirements of His position as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” As our intermediary High Priest, Jesus’ humanity remains a necessity to this day. Think about it. Yeshua returned to heaven as something different than when He left it. Jesus is still the God / Man.
While He took on the flesh of mankind through His mother, Yeshua never forgot who His Father was. His Father never forgot Him.
Psalms 2:7 – “You are my Son, today I have begotten You.”
Hosea 11:1 – “… out of Egypt I called my son.” Matthew 17:5 – “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” When he was going to be away from home for a while, I used to ask my son, “What is your last name?” My point was that he should remember who he represents, that my reputation went with him. He is a reflection of my values and people will form conclusions concerning my character as they watch him.
Jesus knew this as well. He said, “He who has seen me, has seen the Father.”Truth be known, we too carry God’s name with us. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood nor the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Never forget where you come from. Who’s your Daddy?