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Matthew 1



The lineage in Matthew is Christ’s mother’s ancestry which shows His legal claim to the throne of David.  While not of the same bloodline; Christ is in the royal line.

1 The book of the generation[1] of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

This verse commences a brief overview of the Lord’s earthly ancestry.  Matthew’s target audience consisted of Jews.  It is logical therefore, that he begins with Abraham; the patriarch of Judaism.

2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;

Abraham begat Ishmael before Isaac, and others after him, but they are not mentioned; because the Messiah was not to spring from any of them. Jesus would come from Isaac’s descendents.  “…In Isaac shall thy seed be called.” (Gen 21:12) (3)

Jacob was later renamed “Israel.”  “Judas” or “Judah” was one of Jacob’s sons and also head of the tribe out of which Christ came.  This is why Jesus is called the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Rev 5:5).[2]

3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;

“Thamar” is the same Tamar who tricked Judah into sleeping with her.   (Gen 38:15-16)

4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;

5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

Rachab” is the next one mentioned in vs. 2.  She is not a very pretty character especially in Joshua 6. There she is called Rahab the harlot. But she did become a wonderful person after she came to a knowledge of the living and true God. “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace” (Heb 11:31). She got into the genealogy of Christ for the simple reason that she believed. She had faith. Notice the progression here. (4)

Booz” not booze but Boaz from the Book of Ruth. Ruth, if you remember, was a native of Moab and so was Orpha.  These two non-Jewish girls married Mahlon and Chilion; the sons of Elimelech and Naomi.  When Naomi’s children[3] and husband died, Orpha (a type of the old nature) went back to her old ways but Ruth clave unto her mother-in-law. Naomi tried to persuade Ruth to go back to her own people but she refused.  One of my favorite passages in Scripture is where Ruth told her mother-in-law:

“…Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:  Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.” (Ruth 1:16-17)

“Obed” was the child of Ruth and Boaz.  Obed means “worship.”   When Ruth was put in the family, she had a little worship!  Not bad for a girl who was once an alien from the commonwealth of Israel, “…having no hope, and without God in the world” (Eph 2:12).

6[4] And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;

Even though David was said to be a man after God’s own heart, the sin which he committed followed him all the way into the New Testament. The sword truly never departed from his house.  (2Sam 12:10)

Note: Solomon wasn’t David’s firstborn son by Bathsheba.  David’s firstborn child died as a direct result of David’s sin.[5] The firstborn in the Bible is often a type or illustration of a lost person; someone who has been born only once.  Ishmael illustrated this.  Being the firstborn, he despised the son of promise: Isaac.  “For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid (Ishmael, Abraham’s firstborn child), the other by a freewoman (Isaac). But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh;[6] but he of the freewoman was by promise.” (Gal 4:22-23)

Anyhow, David wasn’t able to keep that first birth but oh; that second birth was magnificent.  The Lord said that there was none like Solomon, nor would there ever be (1Kings 3:12).  That second birth was one of a kind.  In fact, it was a royal birth.  (John 3:3)

7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;

In 1Kings 15:11 the Bible says, “Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD…” (1Kings 15:11) What was it that so pleased God, the Bible records he “…Did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD?” I don’t have time to mention them all, but the first thing he did right was “…he took away the sodomites out of the land….” (1Kings 15:12) By “took away” it means Asa killed that crowd.  I say hallelujah for king Asa!   You cannot have the blessings of God in a land overrun by perverts!   If it was sin 2000 years ago, it is still sin today, and it always will be sin.  The dictionary defines sodomy as a “crime against nature!”

8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;

9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;

10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;

11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;

13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;

14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;

15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

Four questionable women appear in this genealogy. It was not customary to list the names of women in a genealogy; therefore, the inclusion of these names must be deliberate on the part of the author. Tamar, mentioned in verse 3, was the mother of two illegitimate sons (Pharez and Zerah) by Judah. Rahab was the converted harlot of Jericho and the mother of Boaz. Ruth, the wife of Boaz, was a godly foreigner (Moabitess).

The wife of Uriah is none other than Bathsheba whose adultery with David is infamous. However, she later became the legitimate wife of David and the mother of Solomon. The curious feature of mentioning these women in this genealogy indicates that the evangelist wished to disarm Jewish criticism about the unusual virgin birth of Jesus by showing that some irregular unions were divinely blessed in the Messiah’s legal ancestry. (5)

16 And Jacob begat 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; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

Here we find three sets of fourteen.[7] Fourteen is the number which represents deliverance or salvation. It is used some 26 times in the Bible.

18 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.

The most amazing thing about Mary was she was still a virgin when she got married.  I have been to several weddings where the bride wore the wrong color but Mary was a virgin.  Never forget, Mary may have given Him His bottle, but God gave Him His blood.

Several things about Mary’s pregnancy are similar to getting saved.  Notice; a new birth is on the way and man had nothing to do with it.[8] The Bible says, “She was found with child” before she ever knew (had sex with) a man.

Secondly, her conception was “of the Holy Ghost.”  One young man said, “I believe we have all we need inside of us!”  But that would be ridiculous; unless you were Mary!  Isn’t it amazing that Mary was to deliver her Deliverer? For nine months God lived inside this girl named Mary. But if you are saved, He lives within your heart[9] and thank God; He will be there forever.

Also, there was likely a change in Mary’s appearance.  She may have kept her pregnancy a secret at first, but it wasn’t long before it started to show.  That reminds me of a little girl who said, “I don’t see how such a big God can live on the inside of me and not poke out every now and then!”

No doubt there was also a change in Mary’s appetite.  Pregnant women often have strange cravings.  These desires wake them up in the night and make them drive to the grocery store.  A good dose of Holy Ghost salvation will have similar effects: for, “As newborn babes,” you will “desire the sincere milk of the word” (1Peter 2:2).  I believe there was a change in Mary’s associations as well.  As you will see; the new life within her caused family problems.

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

Mary and Joseph had probably been High School sweethearts and gotten engaged early in life. Then the poor girl just lost her mind. She started talking about angels and prophecies, and here she is pregnant with somebody else’s baby. I mean really! Can you imagine being in Joseph’s shoes? Your engagement has already been announced in the paper; you have had all the pictures made; and your family has already paid for the honeymoon. Then your blushing bride-to-be, whom you have never touched, comes up pregnant?

Joseph was ashamed, brokenhearted, and disgusted with her. Though the Bible says Joseph was a just man at the end of the day, every man is still just a man.  Besides, according to the law, he would have been just if he had stoned her! Nonetheless, the Bible says Joseph was going to “Put her away privily.” If I was in Joseph’s shoes that would mean “I was looking for a good place to hide the body!” But God says “…I desired mercy, and not sacrifice…” Joseph didn’t try to humiliate the person who had hurt him. So, how do you deal with hurt?

20 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.

Praise God! If ever somebody needed a little encouragement from Heaven it was Joseph! God sent a messenger to tell him, “…Fear not!” In other words: ‘God is going to take that very thing causing trouble in your marriage and use it to save the world!’ What Joseph thought was a disaster turned out to be a deliverer. The tragedy of his life became the biggest blessing the world had ever known. And God allows things in our lives that we don’t understand right now. But “…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)

“…That which is conceived in her…” Mary was the only saved person who didn’t have to believe the virgin birth by faith.  She experienced it! “For that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.[10]

No earthly person could have told Joseph what the child would be. Remember, this was before sonograms. But God declares the “end from the beginning.”

“…Jesus…shall save his people from their sins.”  Are you among “his people?”  If so, what sins has He saved you from?[11]

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23[12] 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.

Vs. 23 – in Bible numerology, many believe that twenty three is the number of death.  If so, from Christ’s birth we see death lingering ever near Him.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Modern perversions of the Bible omit the word “firstborn” from this verse. For example, the ASV says, “…and knew her not till she had brought forth a son…” The King James (the right Bible) uses the word “firstborn” for a good reason.

“Firstborn” implies that Mary had children other than Jesus.   The Roman Catholic Church, however, teaches that Mary was a perpetual virgin (she never had sex).  Therefore, when Catholics pray to “Mary,” they profess to pray to the “Virgin” Mary. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been a virgin for two-thousand years. The “virgin” Mary and Joseph had children like rabbits after Jesus was born[13]. They are praying to someone who does not exist. Besides, there is only “…one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” (1Tim 2:5) and Jesus said, “…no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Note: ASV stands for American Standard Version: which is a humorous name for a Bible since American Standard is also the name of a company that makes toilets.  I do not know if these two companies are related. It would be fitting if they were.  After all, both their products contain the same thing.

[1] “This is the book of the generations of Adam…”  (Gen 5:1)

[2] “For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda…” (Heb 7:14)

[3][3] Naomi’s husband and children were “Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah.”  No doubt they were called so, because Ephratah was one of the names of Bethlehem.(5)

[4] Six is the number of man. The sixth word in verse six is “King.”

[5] “…And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick…And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died…”  (2Sam 12:15-18)

[6] “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:6)

[7] It was the 14th day of the first month of the year when the children of Israel were delivered from Egyptian bondage, and from the stroke of judgment which fell upon the firstborn of the Egyptians. (Ex 12:6-7; Ex 12:12-13; Lev 23:4-5) The number 14 is found three times connected with Christ’s coming into the world, and He came to save, or deliver His people from their sins. The Salvation of the soul takes place when one believes, at which time, he comes under the blood of Christ, “Our Passover”. But the body will not be delivered from the bondage of corruption until the resurrection of the believer or the rapture of the saints, then the redemption of our body takes place. (Rom 8:20-23) This explains why the numbers 14 and 3 are found together. 14 is for deliverance and 3 is for the resurrection. (65)

[8] “Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph 2:9)

[9] “…The Spirit…dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:17)

[10] “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  (Isa 7:14)

[11] “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature….”  (2Cor 5:17)

[12] Vs. 23 – in Bible numerology, many believe that twenty three is the number of death.  If so, from Christ’s birth we see death lingering ever near Him.

[13] (Matt 13:55-56)

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