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Matthew 3



In the previous chapters, the birth of Christ had stirred up a lot of things. There was political unrest and parents were uneasy.  Now, another prophet is unveiled.

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

“In those days”   This man named John was raised up for “such a time as this!” In the darkest of times God often sends His brightest lights.

“…Preaching in the wilderness…” Luke 1:80 says that John “…was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.” Like Moses on the backside of the desert, John had a long dry spell of his own before his ministry kicked into high gear.

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

John the Baptist preached “repentance!”  John had a large following but he did not offer a free camel ride to whoever brought the most people to hear him preach, nor did he give an autographed copy of Isaiah to the oldest grandmother present. He was his own publicity and needed no press agent. (6) He said “repent” because the kingdom of heaven is “at hand“.   Like a man would say, “I like to keep my gun handy.”  “At hand” means close by.  John was saying the kingdom wasn’t far away.  In fact, Heaven’s King was about to begin His ministry on earth.

“Kingdom of heaven” is a phrase which appears thirty-two times in Matthew but nowhere else in the New Testament.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.[1]

Preparing “the way” involves removing stumbling blocks.  Accordingly, John’s preaching involved a lot of stump pulling.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

“Raiment” means clothing. I find it interesting that it only took 62 words before the Holy Ghost told us about John’s clothes. He was a preacher, but he didn’t dress like one (or should I say ‘he didn’t dress the way we think a preacher should‘).  Notice, everything about John was rough.  He wore camel’s hair coats, leather britches, and ate insects.

At the Bible College I attended, we had chapel services each night.  For a long time, it seemed all we heard were ‘encouraging‘ messages.  Don’t misunderstand me: I’m for encouragement, but when that is all you have, it kind of makes you sick.  On a particular occasion, I noticed the preacher they had in was wearing a bowtie.  I thought to myself, “Great! We’re about to hear a sermon from Mr. McGoo!”  To make a long story short, he preached the devil out of us Bible college students and most of the staff too.  When he was done, I didn’t have enough hide left to close my eyes.  It was Harold Sightler’s grandson.  He was a normal looking man; however, that bowtie threw me off.  If not for that experience you’d never convince me that the power of God and a bowtie could be on the same man. That just goes to show you, you cannot put God in a box and you cannot always judge a book by its cover.

5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

John’s pattern would later be a commandment.   Just as he started in “Jerusalem and all Judaea,” the disciples were told in Acts 1:8 “…ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

The Sadducees and many of the Pharisees didn’t believe what John was preaching, but they came anyway.  Why?  Because John was popular and religion always wants to be part of the latest thing.

Note: this is the first mention of “O” in the New Testament. “O generation of vipers” John said, “Yall come from a long line of snakes!”  There are several things you should know about snakes: (1) they cannot hear, (2) they respond to movement, and most importantly (3) they will bite you!  In fact, they pose the greatest danger when their mouths are open.

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet[2] for repentance:

“Repentance:” Regret is being sorry mentally only (King Saul, for example). Remorse is being sorry both mentally and emotionally (like Judas).  Repentance is being sorry mentally, emotionally, and volitionally (like Matthew, among others). (5)

“Fruits meet for repentance” include a (1) denial of sin, (2) departure from sin, (3) desire for Scripture, and (4) dependence on the Saviour.

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Many of the Jews believed their Abrahamic descent alone was pleasing to God.  John, however, chopped their Theology to pieces.

10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Remember, John was preaching to a mixed multitude.  Some would be saved and some would not.  Those who were not saved would be baptized in Hellfire.

12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

“Unquenchable” means: greedy, ravenous, unappeasable, unsatisfiable, or limitless. (7)

13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

In being baptized by John, Jesus was identifying Himself, not only with John’s ministry but with the three Old Testament offices and anointing.  There were three substances used to anoint people.  These included; water, oil, and blood (Lev 8:6, 12, 23).  The three offices were prophets, priests, and kings.  While prophets and kings were anointed with oil only, priests were anointed with all three of the above.  Jesus, as Prophet, Priest, and King was anointed: with water by John the Baptist (vss. 15-16), with oil by the woman with an alabaster box[3], and with blood by Himself[4].

Since many misunderstand the meaning of baptism, it is necessary to point out that getting baptized has never saved anyone.  If water could wash away sins they’re in revival at Myrtle Beach.

14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

Many times as preachers we have more honors bestowed upon us than we deserve.  However, if it be the will of God, we are not to decline from our duty, even though it may flatter us.  We can do no more than our duty; we should desire to do no less.  Note: it was John the Baptist.  Not John the Methodist or John the non-denominational.

15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

They say, “Never think too highly of yourself, even God became a baby!”  And here, the Son of God submits Himself to baptism.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

The wording here demands baptism by immersion.  For it would be difficult if not impossible to come “Up…out of the water…” if you’re only being “sprinkled.” In other words, sprinkling is not the Biblical mode of baptism.  Furthermore, water is the only proper element to be baptized in.  That should be elementary.  In fact, I wouldn’t have brought it up had it not been for a humorous story involving the translators of the King James Bible.

One day, when the translators were discussing baptism in front of King James, the Bishop of Peterborough made an off the cuff comment.  He said that he knew of one case in which an ancient father had baptised with sand instead of water. James blurted out, “A turd for the argument. He might as well have pissed on them, for that had been more liker to water than sand.” (8) Reportedly, the bishop’s reputation never recovered.

17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

In this chapter we see all three Persons of the Godhead manifested: the Son in the water, the Spirit in the air, and a sound from the Father in heaven.  We serve a God that is so big He had to manifest Himself in three Persons!

It is true that the word “Trinity” does not appear in the Bible.  However, it is also true that the word “Bible” does not appear in the Bible, yet both exist.  “Godhead” is the King James word for “Trinity”.  It is only fitting then, that the word “Godhead”[5] appears three times in Scripture.  Three, of course, is the number for divine completeness or perfection.  Jehovah’s Witlesses question the doctrine of the Trinity on the grounds it is hard to understand.  Speaking of which, someone has well said, “To try and understand the Trinity is to lose your mind; to deny it is to lose your soul.”

The Apostle John asked a good question: “Who is a liar?”  We could answer that by listing the JW’s, LDS, etc.  Why?  Because a liar is any man “…that denieth that Jesus is the Christ…” and “He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” (1John 2:22) Again he says, “Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” (1John 2:23) I do not attempt to fully comprehend; much less explain the Trinity.  The Bible does teach it, however, and I accept it.  Someone has said, “The Bible says it; I believe it; that settles it.”  But if the Bible says it, it does not matter who believes it; it is still true.

[1] Isaiah has 66 chapters just like the Bible has 66 books.  Matthew is the 40th book in the Bible.   The quotation in Matt 3:3 is from Isaiah 40:3.  Students of Bible Numerology will find this connection interesting.

[2] “Meet” means fit; suitable; proper; qualified; convenient; adapted, as to a use or purpose. (Webster)

[3] “There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.” (Matt 26:7)

[4] “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matt 26:28) “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Heb 9:12)  “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Heb 1:3)

[5] Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9

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Matthew 2



1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

In the book of Exodus, God’s people had been in Egypt for over four hundred years. In all that time, over four centuries, the Lord never sent them a prophet or even a message from Heaven. Then one day the children of Israel began to cry out for deliverance. They had been slaves to Pharaoh for many years. But it wasn’t until they began to groan under weight of their burdens that God sent them a deliverer whose name was Moses

The life of Moses, his birth and ministry parallels that of our Lord Jesus Christ. For instance, when Moses first revealed himself to his fellow Israelites, he was rejected; likewise with Christ at His first advent.  Both of them did great miracles and brought salvation through the blood of the lamb.  When Moses was born, along with being under the rule of a foreign government, multitudes of innocent children were being slaughtered.  What am I getting at?  I’m saying I believe the second coming of Christ will in many ways be similar to the first coming. That being said, I want to look at the conditions in Christ’s day and then compare them to our own.

First of all, in vs. 1, there were very few wise men left! In fact, these had to be imported from the East. (By the way, we generally think of “three” wise men, but the Bible does not say how many there were.) Though it is hard to imagine wise men coming from the land of Iraq, these men were probably from Babylon[1] and had knowledge of Daniel’s seventy weeks (Dan 9:24).

I believe the Bible calls these men “wise” for two reasons. First of all, vs. 2 says, after they saw his star, (after they ‘saw the light’) they came “to worship him!” Today wise men still worship Him! Secondly, I believe they were called ‘wise’ because they feared God.   That is not in our text but Psalm 111:10 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”  You don’t even come close to wisdom until you fear God.  And if America lacks anything today, it is the fear of our God.

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

In the Old Testament, the first question God asked of man is, “Where art thou?” (Gen 3:9)  In the New Testament, the first question man asks was “Where is he…?”[2]

“His star in the east…”[3] After studying the nativity story, my mom confessed she had always assumed the lady’s group known as the Eastern Stars had something to do with the star of Bethlehem. She was mistaken.   These men were in the East when they saw His star.  That would have made it, if anything, a western star. Cults like the Eastern Stars, Masons, Shriners, Ku Klux Klan, etc. have nothing to do with the Babe in the manger.

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

The Herods were an Edomite line of kings, who, under Rome, got control of Judea shortly before Christ. Herod the Great (37-3 B.C.),[4] got his throne, and kept it, by crimes of unspeakable brutality, murdering even his wife and two sons. He was cruel, cunning, coldblooded. It was he who slew the children of Bethlehem in an effort to kill Christ. His son, Herod Antipas, some 33 years later, killed John the Baptist (Mark 6:14-29), and mocked Christ (Luke 23:7-12). His grandson, Herod Agrippa I, 14 years still later, killed James the Apostle (Acts 12:1-2). His great grandson, Herod Agrippa II, 16 years later, was the king before whom Paul was tried Acts 25:13-26:32). (4)

4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,[5]

Herod was told to look for Jesus in Bethlehem.  “Bethlehem” means the House of God or a place of bread.  If a man is looking for Jesus, he ought to be able to find Him at the house of God.  Herod, however, did not seek the Lord for the right reasons.

6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Herod “had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together.”  This is one of the most striking parallels between Christ’s day and our own.  Herod gathering all the religious leaders together reminds me of the Ecumenical[6] movement infesting churches today. It seems like every time you turn around, some spiritually-retarded Church wants to get everybody together.  Baptists, however, have always been diametrically opposed to everything the Roman Catholic Church stands for.

Recently, the news media (Fox) has been lambasting John Hagee for calling the Catholic Church a “Great Whore.”  In fact, the Bible calls the Catholic Church a “great whore” and a “mother of harlots” in Revelation 17.

Dr. Sightler used to say, “There’s strength in division” and he was right.  I would still rather be divided by truth than united by error. The Bible says, “…come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord…” (2Cor 6:17) But for some reason, many professing Christians don’t see a thing wrong in fellowshipping sixteen different faiths.

By the way, let me throw this in; Baptists are not Protestants.  We did not come out of the Catholic Church.  We never were part of it.  Before Martin Luther or John Calvin ever came along, there were men standing up with a Bible saying, “What can wash away my sin?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus!”   No, the name “Baptist” does not go all the way back to the days of the Apostles.  But down through the ages, there have been men who believed the basic tenets of what we believe today.  Unfortunately, the established church of their day persecuted them, branded them as heretics, and forced them into obscurity.  Baptists need to read books like J.M. Carroll’s Trail of Blood or Fox’s Book of Martyrs and develop some doctrinal backbone.

But notice something about the ecumenical movement in our text. In Vs. 2 the wise men saw His star in the east. We read elsewhere, that shepherds saw it. However, we don’t read where Herod, the Scribes, or the Pharisees ever saw the light!  The religious crowd knew about Jesus. In fact they told Herod where He would be born.  But we don’t read where they ever looked for Him much less found Him. Might I say that the prominent, so-called preachers; the Joel Osteens, Jim Bakers, and the Oral Roberts may know a lot about God, but they’ve never met God!

7 Then Herod, when he had privily[7] called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

Note: when Jesus came the first time, the country was governed by two-faced lying politicians[8].  Herod made out like he loved God and he loved children, but in reality, he was a devil! He told the wise men to find Him because he wanted to worship Him too!  But Herod didn’t care a thing about that little baby, he didn’t care about the wise men, he just told them what they wanted to hear in order to get the information he wanted.

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

Broadus says it was common in the East to travel by night and avoid the heat of the day. (9)

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

These wise men were perhaps the first Gentiles to worship Jesus.  What a privilege.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him:[9] and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

“Into the house:” Apparently then, some time had elapsed as the scenery changes from a stable to that of a house.  In fact, judging from Herod’s orders in vs. 16, Jesus was probably around two years old at this time.

Notice, the wise men did not give gifts to Mary. They gave gifts to Jesus. God knew that Joseph and Mary were poor.  Without these gifts, especially the gold, they probably wouldn’t have been able to afford their escape to Egypt (Vs. 14).

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

After “being warned of God” the wise men didn’t go back the same way they had come.  They went “another way.”  There’s a whole lot in that verse.  After you meet Jesus you will walk another way too!  It will change your direction.

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

Notice, after the marriage, divine directions are given to the man and not Mary.

14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

They left by night, indicating that Joseph wasted no time in heeding God’s warning.

15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.[10]

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men[11], was exceeding wroth,[12] and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

With all the other signs of His soon coming, isn’t it strange that when Jesus came the first time, the mass murder of children was sanctioned by the state?   Today, there are some who believe certain situations exist where abortion might not be that bad.  People with this mentality can be found, even among professing Christians.  What do you think?  Would you consider abortion in any of the following four situations?

(1.)     There’s a preacher and wife who are very, very poor. They already have fourteen children, and now she finds out she’s pregnant with the fifteenth. They’re living in tremendous poverty. Considering their poverty and the excessive world population, would you consider recommending an abortion?

(2.)     In one family, the father is sick and the mother has tuberculosis (TB). Of their four children; the first is blind, the second recently died, the third is deaf, and fourth has TB. The mother finds that she’s pregnant again. Given their extreme situation, would you consider recommending an abortion?

(3.)     A white man has raped and impregnated a thirteen-year-old black girl. If you were her parents, would you consider recommending an abortion?

(4.)     A teenage girl is pregnant. She’s not married. Her fiancé is not the father of the baby and he is highly upset. Would you consider recommending an abortion in this situation?

If you said yes to the first case, you just killed John Wesley, one of the great evangelists in the nineteenth century. If you said yes to the second case, you killed Ludwig van Beethoven. If you said yes to the third case, you killed Ethel Waters, the great black gospel singer who thrilled audiences for many years at Billy Graham Crusades around the world. And, if you said yes to the fourth case, you killed Jesus Christ. (5) Would you have killed anybody important?

Isn’t it strange the same bleeding-heart liberals, who talk about how important it is to educate our children, can turn around, and in the same breath, promote killing them in abortion clinics?

The average politician today is a low-down, sorry, tax-raising, fag-loving, baby-killing devil. That is exactly right!  They might get some heathen’s vote because of it but they’re selling this country down the river.  But brethren, the Bible is still true.  Queers are still going to Hell and abortion is still murder in the eyes of God.  I don’t care whether you call it an embryo or a fetus, it is a baby!   And God hates “hands that shed innocent blood.”  (Prov 6:17)

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy[13] the prophet, saying,

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.[14]

Herod had a warped sense of mercy.  It probably made him feel better that he didn’t have anyone killed who was over a certain age.  Rachel is mentioned because she was buried in Ephrath which is Bethlehem[15].  Thus Micah refers to it as Bethlehem Ephratah.[16]

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

Herod was a formidable foe, but now “Herod was dead.”  Mary’s husband Joseph has a lot of similarities with the Joseph of Genesis.  Both had dreams (Gen 37:5) and both had a daddy named “Jacob” (Matt 1:16).

20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

Notice, Jesus was a Nazarene and not a Nazarite.  This difference is important to point out when dealing with the subject of long hair.[17]

[1] H.A. Ironside says these men had probably read the LXX.  (See comment and footnote under 12:21)

[2] “The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?” (Song 3:3)

[3] Thus begins the first “Star Trek.”

[4] When you’re dealing with time before Christ (B.C.) the years go down.

[5] “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”  (Mic 5:2)

[6] “Ecumenical” Relating to, involving, or promoting the unity of different Christian churches and groups (often at the expense of Bible doctrine).

[7] Secretly

[8] The word “politics” comes from poli (many) and tics (blood sucking creatures).

[9] “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.” (Psalm 95:6)

[10] “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.” (Ho 11:1)

[11] Note:  sometimes wise men mock public figures.

[12] Note:  Herod was “exceeding wroth” liberals can’t stand to have their authority questioned.

[13] See the comment on Matthew 27:10

[14] (Jer 31:15)

[15] (Gen 35:19)

[16] “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”  (Mic 5:2)

[17] “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?” (1Cor 11:14)

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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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