1 A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:

2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife,

7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, 8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah, 9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.

12 After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Eliud, 15 Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.

Matt 1:1-17 (NIV)

Seriously, is there anyone still awake??? I mean really, what could possibly be more exciting and more invigorating than a good genealogy read?? Yet this isn’t just any genealogical presentation, it is of our Lord and Savior’s fleshly ancestors and is packed full of gold nuggets and is anything but needless.

Matthew was written by the tax collector turned Jesus follower – one of the original Twelve Apostles - and an eyewitness to much of our Lord’s earthly ministry. He writes his gospel directed primarily towards a Jewish audience. It is fitting that he begins his writing by connecting Jesus back to the two great covenants of Jewish history – the Davidic (2 Samuel 7) and the Abrahamic (Genesis 12 and 15) following this with a detailed lineage of Christ. It shows that God is ever faithful to His promises and will make good every Word He has spoken though the performance of the fulfillment may be long deferred. We can take His promises to the bank.

“Delays of promised mercies, though they exercise our patience, do not weaken God’s promise.” Matthew Henry

Rightfully, anyone claiming to be the King of the Jews at that time would have been asked by their fellow Jews if they were indeed descendants of King David. Matthew clearly gives a definitive yes to Jesus being rightly related by detailing His lineage.

Interestingly as well, Matthew makes mention of five women in his genealogy of Jesus – not to mention many of the men of questionable character - demonstrating the gift of God’s grace ushered in even through our Lord’s line – Tamar, an adulteress Canaanite; Rahab, a prostitute and a Canaanite as well; Ruth, a Moabite; Solomon’s mother Bathsheba, an adulteress and Mary “of whom was born Jesus” – the “of whom” being a feminine relative pronoun indicating Jesus was the physical child of Mary yet Joseph was not His physical father. Further, I think it extremely interesting that Matthew - through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit - would have mentioned Uriah’s name in lieu of Bathsheba’s as he had been her husband and the one that King David had murdered in an effort to cover his sin with her. I think it sweet of God to recognize him in Jesus’ genealogy rather than her as Scripture demonstrated he was an honorable man.

“No sea is deeper than the ocean of His love. There is no army stronger than His hosts, no force greater than His throne of grace, no enemy who can overcome His direct and indirect work in our lives.” Robert J. Morgan

“Grace is the grand and only resource for us all. It is the basis of our salvation; the basis of a life of practical godliness; and the basis of those imperishable hopes which animate us amid the trials and conflicts of this sin-stricken world. May we cherish a deeper sense of grace, and more ardent desire for glory!” C H MacIntosh

What I Glean

  • Jesus was a fleshly descendant of King David.
  • God will always fulfill His promises.
  • God’s grace is greater than my sin.