February 4, 2018
As we continue with the significance of the genealogy of Jesus from,"Did Jesus Just Happen". We will deal with the second point of the listings which prove Jesus to be the son of Abraham and David as prophesied in the prophets.
This idea was especially prominent in the purpose of Matthew. He was interested in proving that Jesus was the Christ of Prophecy. The Jews had long believed that the Messiah would come from the seed of Abraham and David. The prophets had thus prophesied through centuries.
Please note a few examples of such prophecy: "The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David; He will not turn from it; Of the fruit of the body will I set upon thy throne" (Ps. 132:11). "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots" (Isa. qq: 1, (16) "Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgement and justice in the earth" (Jer. 23:5).
When Jesus asked the Pharisees the question, "What think ye of Christ"? Whose son is He"?, they answered by saying, "Thy Son of David" (Matt. 23:42).
Concerning Abraham, God said, "And in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 12:3). and "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 22:18)
Of one thing the Jews were certain---that the Messiah would come from the lineage of Abraham and David. Knowing this, Matthew carefully traces the lineage of Jesus back through David and Abraham. In other words, the genealogical table is a vital factor in identifying Jesus with the Christ of prophecy. He is the Promised One. Every aspect of His being fits into the prophetic picture. The Jews had every reason to recognize Him as the real Messiah promised of God. In the light of these proofs it is incredible to think that the Jews rejected Him as the Messiah.
Next week, we will deal with the third and final aspect of the genealogy of Jesus.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor