Scripture: Matthew 1:1-25
- There has been a buildup through the generations of history anticipating this moment of Jesus’ birth.
- Beginning with Genesis 3:15, human history looked forward to the Saviour’s birth, and ever since we have looked back to that defining point in history.
- The biblical number of earthly completion is 7 – on the 7th day God rested. The genealogies contain three sets of 14 generations (6×7); at the start of the 7th set of 7 generations Christ appears – God ‘rests’ on man.
- Jesus is the truest expression of Abraham and David; the best qualities of these forefathers appear in Christ.
- Abraham was a man of faith, and so Christ represents faithfulness to God. Christ declares that faith, not biology, is the basis of sonship (Matthew 3:9).
- Being both God and man, Christ was the human covenant partner who was fully faithful to God (Gal. 3:16; Matt. 3:17).
- The Eternal King of 2 Samuel 7:12-14 appears in Christ.
- So we see the significance of this man who is about to be born, the anointed one, the Saviour, our King.
- Five mothers are mentioned in the genealogy, all associated with scandal: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary (though Mary’s was only a perceived scandal).
- God was not impeded by their rebellion. God can draw a straight line with a crooked stick; God works through broken, sinful people to bring about His purposes.
- Joseph, the husband of Mary, is unique: he is adopted as a son of God by faith, but he adopts God’s Son as a biological father.
- Joseph was a just man; unwilling to put Mary to shame, so he resolved to divorce her quietly.
- He must have believed that Mary was pregnant by God, and he did not want to marry the one bearing God’s Son.
- But the angel directs Joseph to take Mary as wife, and Jesus is then known as the carpenter’s son (Matt. 13:55).
- Joseph accepted public shame for the sake of his Saviour and his wife. We too will suffer attacks on our reputation.
- In our day, by being chaste, or honest in business, we will be mocked as being ignorant, repressed, narrow-minded, and guilt-ridden.
- It hurts to feel the shame of being mocked as a Christian.
- God the Father created the world, and created mankind in His image; however, we rebelled against God our Father.
- Now God’s character is publicly slandered because of man’s choices: “If God is good, why is the world so bad?”
- God takes the mockery; He sends His Son into the world to become a man and to redeem the very people who have rebelled against Him.
- God chose a father in a broken line of kings, a man who ignored the tarnish to his own reputation, to be His Son’s natural adoptive father.
- On the cross, Christ bore the weight of our sin and rebellion, that God might be our Father.
- What is the significance of the genealogies of Christ?
- What is the primary sense in which Jesus is a son of David and a son of Abraham?
- List several prophecies which anticipate Christ’s advent.
- What does God demonstrate by including scandal-ridden individuals in Christ’s genealogy?
- What lessons in humility surround Christ’s birth?