1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: 2 Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. 4 Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. 5 Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, 6 and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. 7 Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa. 8 Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. 9 Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. 10 Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. 11 Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon. 12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. 13 Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. 14 Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. 15 Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. 16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations. (Matthew 1:1-17)
Matthew’s purpose in recording the genealogy was twofold:
- To demonstrate the continuity between the Israel of the Old Testament and Jesus
- To demonstrate Jesus’ royal lineage (Son of David) and His link with the founder of the Jewish race (Son of Abraham)
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham
The Gospel of Matthew presents Lord Jesus as ‘King’ hence it beings as: “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham” Notice carefully, David is placed before Abraham.
The Old Testament prophesied that the Messiah would be the Son of David; in the very first sentence, Matthew points to Jesus as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy.
Matthew not only connected Jesus to David, but back yet further to Abraham. Jesus is the Seed of Abraham in whom all nations would be blessed (Genesis 12:3).
But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:20)
While he (Joseph) thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared:
Our thoughts have the potential to move heaven or hell to action. Notice, as Joseph even thought about these things, heaven moved into action. What do you regularly meditate on
an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream:
Angels can appear to you in your dreams. In the same manner, demons can also appear to you in your dreams. The spiritual realm is open to you in your dreams. You can listen to what is being said in your dreams. Your spirit does the listening.