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Jesus -- the Guru # 6

“Who Is this Jesus?”



Over the past few days we met the spiritual Master Jesus as He began His teaching. How did He come into the world? For that, we need to go to the beginning of Matthew’s gospel.


The gospel of Matthew begins as many Jewish histories of that day did, with a genealogy. Matthew’s genealogy is designed in a special way:



  • We see in Mt. 1:17 that Matthew designed it in groups of 14 generations. We don’t know why.



  • Matthew also took the genealogy of Jesus back as far as Abraham (v. 2). He also highlights that Jesus is a descendent of King David (vv. 1, 6). Jesus was born as a Jew. This Jewish history is His heritage.



  • Matthew also calls Jesus “Christ.” (v. 1) “Christ” is the Greek for the Hebrew word “Messiah” (meaning “anointed one”). From Abraham on, the Jews expected the Messiah, the Anointed (appointed) One of God. They expected that God Himself would come to lead them.


(You can see these Messianic promises to different leaders in the Old Testament, if you want to look them up: to Abraham in Gen. 12:1-3, to Moses in Deut. 18:15, to David in II Sam. 7:16, to various prophets in Is. 9:1-7, 11:1-11, Ez. 34:23-24, Zech. 14:9, for example.)



  • Another peculiarity in Matthew’s genealogy is that women are included. Jewish genealogies always traced the male lineage. Furthermore, the three women mentioned (Rahab and Ruth in v. 5, Bathsheba in v. 6) are not Jewish heroines. In fact, they were involved in loose sexuality. They should be shunned and scorned, but instead Matthew highlights them! What is Matthew trying to say to us?


 


We will find Jesus accepting all kinds of people as His disciples. Is that what Matthew is implying? In fact, we will see later that Matthew himself was a person many of the other disciples did not want to accept into Jesus’ inner circle because of the bad life he had led.


 


Jesus’ Genealogy (Matthew 1:1-14)




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


2Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,3Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,4Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,5Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,6and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,7Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,8Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah,9Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,10Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah,11and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,13Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,14Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Eliud,15Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,16and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.


17Thus 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.




Is Matthew reminding us right from the start that God has always included anybody and everybody?
If you are willing to join with Him, you are received! What does that invitation mean to you personally?


Looking forward to your email today,


Yesudas


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