Today we look at the legal genealogy of Jesus Christ, according to the apostle Matthew.
If you look at the list in Matthew 1:1-17 you will see listed 14 generations from Abraham to King David; 14 from David to the exile to Babylon; and 14 from the exile to the birth of Christ. Fourteen is a multiple of 7, and 7 is the number of ‘completeness’ in the Bible. You may notice that some generations are missing. This is because “father” is used in the sense of “forefather” in some instances, to keep the generational groupings at “14.”
Numbers and systematic arrangements were important to the Jews. There are also differences between Matthew’s genealogy and Luke’s (Luke 3:23-38). Matthew begins with Abraham because he is writing his gospel for Jews and Abraham was the “father” of the Jewish people. Luke however aimed for a wider audience, including Gentiles, so he starts his genealogy with Jesus Christ and goes in reverse order all the way back to Adam, showing Christ’s relationship to the whole human race. What was the point of these ancestral family trees when we actually know that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin through the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:18)?
Hopefully my narrative sermon today will shed some light on the purpose of the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew’s gospel. Let me know if it does