1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4 and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of David the king.And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7 and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, 8 and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9 and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10 and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. 12 And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15 and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
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The Gospel Coalition gives a short intro into the beginning of the Advent season as part of the church’s liturgical calendar
Andrew Peterson’s “Matthew’s Begats.”
This is a great song introducing the genealogy found in Matthew
Great Article on Jesus and Genealogies
This is from the Bible Project. It walks through our passage for this morning.
Genealogies gives us a picture of beginnings, of where people, in this case Jesus, has come from. The passage this morning is about beginnings.
ESV: 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
We see the first verse linking Jesus to David and Abraham.
David provides the royal lineage and Abraham provides the covenantal lineage.
How have you seen hope as something that has been working through your own history, not just something that happens in the moment?
ESV: 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
Jesus is being placed into time. He is being properly incarnated. He did not come out of nowhere. He has come from a place.
Hope exists because God incarnated Christ in the world, exactly at the right time. His sense of time is much better than ours, even when it doesn’t seem like it.
How have you been able to reconcile the difference between God’s timing and your timing?
ESV: 11 and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
Sufferings in the genealogy aren’t removed because they do something. They create hope in our lives.
How have you seen suffering provide hope in your life?
ESV: 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Where are you at in this list in Romans? are you rejoicing in your sufferings? Have you seen endurance? Or character? Or hope?