Matthew Chapter 1

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;

And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

Boy that’s a loaded chapter isn’t it.

I’m taking SJmom’s advice and figure to post the Gospels for Sundays for a while. They are loaded with so much though when we really focus on one chapter at a time.

When I first seriously started reading the Bible,  I did like so many do and tried to read it from beginning to end like a book.  It’s not impossible to do, but when you’re still reasonably new to the Bible, it’s not easy either. Especially when you get to the books such as Leviticus or Numbers. And 1 Chronicles… oy…

And then, you come to the New Testament, and lo, there are more of those begats!  It’s hard enough the second time reading so many names you just know you’re mispronouncing. So how come there are so many names in the Bible anyway?

As I grew in my reading over the years, I’m sure I still mispronounce most names, but have really come to appreciate not only the genealogical account of the Old Testament, but the legal ‘royal’ account of Jesus’ earthly family tree in what is known as Matthew’s Begats.

Prophecy is fulfilled when considering the Genesis covenant between Abraham and God, through the promise of a son, Isaac, the continued blessings through the line of Jacob and the Messiah through the tribe of Judah.

Isaiah narrows it down more, that the Messiah would come through the family of Jesse and Jeremiah mentions through the House of David.

All of these are found in the begats of Matthew chapter 1- but what is so amazing is then we come to the Book of Luke, we notice that he writes the genealogy of Jesus through Mary’s father, Heli, while Matthew writes through Joseph’s father.

It’s interesting to note that back in the days of evil kings in Judah, God disinherited Solomon’s line decreeing that none of King Coniah’s descendants “will sit on the throne of David or rule again in Judah”.

Now before skeptics can claim “well that rules out Jesus as Messiah then…”,   we can say that Jesus wasn’t effected by this curse because  He did not descend from the cursed bloodline of Coniah, but through Mary, who was descended from David’s son Nathan.

Matthew’s accounts also mentions four women who are ancestors of Jesus — Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba. What is amazing is that all four were Gentiles, and three of the four were either prostitutes or adulterers. This shows that God truly keeps His covenant to bless all through Abraham, Isaac and Jospeh and that He came to save sinners, no matter Jew or Gentile.

In all the begats, whether from the Old or New Testament accounts of the lines from Adam to Noah,  from Noah to Abraham, Abraham to David, and David to Jesus,  they show the physical death of those who have passed on.  But they also show the continuing promise of life through the resurrection, and also of walking by faith with God.  And in those, is found incredible comfort.  In those, is found the incredible work of a timeless God who so loved the world, He made a way for His only begotten Son to claim His eternal Royal Kingdom but also save the sin of the world through His finished work on the Cross.

Now, don’t you love the begats?

Have a Blessed Sunday all!