“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:”
-Son in Hebrew is written as ben which means heir. Son has been used numerous times in the Bible referring to Jesus as the son of God (Lk 3:23-38, Mat 3:13-17 ; Mk 1:9-11 ; Lk 3:21-23, Jn 1:1-18), Jesus as the Son of man (Mat 1:1-17, Jn 11:1-46, Mat 19:1-2, Mk 10:1 ; Lk 13:10-35), child adoption (Gen 48:5, Exo 2:10), describing our relation with God in adoption of sons (Eph 1:5, Rom 8:17), showing a persons lineage & relation with parents (Mat 1:1-17, Gen 10:25), the nation of Israel has also been referred to as the son of God (Exo 4:22). Etc
-Matthew begins this gospel by denoting the ancestry of Christ with focus on His main descendants David & Abraham in the manner of His entry into the world, according to the promise. This informs us that the gospel & the entire Bible in general is about Jesus. There are three; fourteen generation sets from Abraham to David, David to the time of captivity in Babylon & lastly, from the captivity in Babylon to Christ (Mat 1:17), which highlight forty two main characters in the genealogy. The genealogy notes several gentiles & women like Ruth a Moabite & Rahab a Canaanite, Tamar who slept with Judah her father in law & Bathsheba a Hittite, & the wife of Uriah. This reminds us that Jesus did not come for the righteous but for the sinners & we are all called to His throne of grace to receive mercy. The Babylonian captivity has also been mentioned to enlighten us of Jesus’ works of salvation on the cross geared towards His victory over sin & death, & our freedom through abundance of life. We are also reminded that we are all one in Christ Jesus & that we should seek Him always in our thoughts, words, actions & interactions.
Thank You Father for giving us yet another opportunity to see this new day, it is not by our power nor might but by Your Spirit Lord. As we begin a new week Jesus, we humbly beseech You to forgive us our sins & give us the grace to forgive all those who have offended us. Mound our hearts & direct our minds in the areas that only give You glory Lord. Give us fresh ideas Almighty Father so that we may be successful & creative in all we do. We humbly ask You Jesus to cleanse our family trees by Your precious blood & deliver us from all forms of bondage. We thank You Jesus for including us all in Your lineage through Your precious blood on the cross & for this far You have brought us, receive all adoration & praise. Thank You for the gift of sonship & for loving us with an everlasting love Father, all glory & honor belongs to You now & forever. Amen
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