The Throne of His Ancestor David

Matthew 1:1-17

This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham:

Abraham was the father of Isaac.
Isaac was the father of Jacob.
Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah (whose mother was Tamar).
Perez was the father of Hezron.
Hezron was the father of Ram.
Ram was the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab was the father of Nahshon.
Nahshon was the father of Salmon.
Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab).
Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth).
Obed was the father of Jesse.
Jesse was the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon (whose mother was Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah).
Solomon was the father of Rehoboam.
Rehoboam was the father of Abijah.
Abijah was the father of Asa,
Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat.
Jehoshaphat was the father of Jehoram.
Jehoram was the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah was the father of Jotham.
Jotham was the father of Ahaz.
Ahaz was the father of Hezekiah.
10 Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh.
Manasseh was the father of Amon.
Amon was the father of Josiah.
11 Josiah was the father of Jehoiachin and his brothers (born at the time of the exile to Babylon).
12 After the Babylonian exile:
Jehoiachin was the father of Shealtiel.
Shealtiel was the father of Zerubbabel.
13 Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud.
Abiud was the father of Eliakim.
Eliakim was the father of Azor.
14 Azor was the father of Zadok.
Zadok was the father of Akim.
Akim was the father of Eliud.
15 Eliud was the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar was the father of Matthan.
Matthan was the father of Jacob.
16 Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called the Messiah.

17 All those listed above include fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah.

Reflection

The book of Matthew opens with a long passage of lineage in the vein of the Pentateuch. But this lineage is not like any other. These are the ancestors of Jesus Christ. Through these verses Matthew gives us a condensed story of the journey of the Israelite nation, and as we read through we recognise name after name.

The story begins with Abraham, his son Isaac and then the promise passed on to Jacob. Several generations later we recognise Rahab, the mother of Boaz. Boaz marries Ruth to become the grandfather of Jesse, whose youngest son David becomes the king of Israel by which all others will be compared. On goes the list through Solomon, the lineage of the kings, the generations that experienced exile in Babylon and then the return to Jerusalem. Finally we see another Jacob, whose son Joseph becomes the husband of Mary and father of Jesus. Here are the stars exploding across the galaxies in endless pursuit of the promise of God.

At the end of the lineage Matthew makes note of the pattern of numbers – fourteen generations from the promise of Abraham to the anointing of David, the root of hope. Fourteen from David to the fall of exile. Fourteen from exile to the coming of the ultimate fulfilment of God’s promise.

Throughout generations of endurance and struggle and trial, God’s protection and guidance never wavered. His hope remained firm. His promise remained secure. Here is God working out the story of his ultimate redemption, come to earth in the form of Jesus Christ.

Prayer:

Wonder at the course of events that has brought you to this place in your life and thank God for his hand of guidance and blessing over all. Then trust him with the future unfolding of his perfect plan.

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