The King

The Bloodline of the King:Matthew 1:1-17

     In modern writing, this is not how you would start a book. Most authors today would want to start off with something exciting to catch the reader’s attention. Most people would want to skip the first seventeen verses of Matthew. Let’s face it genealogies are boring. I remember being on a mission trip, and as a joke, the leaders would sing genealogies to us to put us to sleep. They can repetitive and hard to read, so, why did Matthew start his Gospel with something so boring? There are two points that we can take way from these passages. One, it tells us about Matthew. Matthew was a Jew. He would have grown up going to the Synagogues hearing stories of the coming Messiah. He knew that the Messiah, the coming Christ, was to come from the family line the great King David. The author wanted the Jewish reader to be drawn in by the fulfilling of the prophecy. Even though it bores us, to the Jewish reader in the first century, this would have connected the story between the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah and the story to come. This would have grabbed the attention of the reader it was intended for. It was important that the Son of God came from Abraham. This was to fulfill the first covenant that God gave to Abraham, that Abraham’s decedents would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. Secondly, Matthew connects Jesus with David. This is important to the Jewish reader because it is told in the Old Testament that David’s throne will rule forever. This is known as the Davidic Covenant. Jesus fulfilled both of these promised of God.

 You might think a family line like this would be fit for the Kingdom of Heaven. It must be full of Saint who leads to the pentacle of perfection in Jesus Christ. A quick glance through Jesus genealogy shows the truth, it full of despicable people. It starts with Abraham, who was a liar; Jacob who was a thief; Rehab was a prostitute who betrayed her nation; and David, who was an adulterous murder. This is not a perfect pedigree. A quick study of each name would show fault of some sort. What can we take from this? It is evident in these first seventeen verses that God is willing to use you, not the “you” think you have to become. God want to use you! We need to come to Him, and he will do the work in us. Despite your past or your failures, those do not matter now. What matter now is God is willing to use you today if you allow Him. The question is, for what? From the beginning of Matthew to the end of the story, we are to share the Gospel with everyone we can. God has called us to use us for his glory.

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Shaun D. Lee

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