The Ancestry of Jesus

Matthew reports the ancestors of Jesus starting with Abraham, and his son Isaac, and Isaac’s son Jacob (Matthew 1:1 Eyewitness).

Eyewitness: Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23b-38
In Your Bible: Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23b-38

Two of the gospels have accounts of the ancestry of Jesus Christ – different but alike. These two views present additive information for the world to read.

Amazing Beginning

The Old Testament begins with the generation of the world and the New Testament begins with the generation of Him (Jesus) who made he world! Matthew actually calls his writing The book of the generation of Jesus Christ. * Lists of generations are often found in the Old Testament also (Genesis 5:1;10:1; 11:10; 11:27) to start.

More Encouragement

When Matthew calls Christ the son of David and the son of Abraham, he shows that God is faithful to his promise. God the faithful One will make good every word he has spoken. In Luke the writer shows Jesus is the seed of a woman and traces Jesus’ pedigree back to Adam.

Luke’s account concludes with the statement that Jesus was both the Son of Adam and the Son of God. Because Jesus was both, he is the proper Mediator between God and the sons of Adam to be through him the sons of God.**

Prayer: Father, thank you for faithfully preserving every detail of Jesus’ ancestry. He too was born of humanity.

Questions: Today, reading genealogies may be boring to many (sometimes even our own families). How helpful to you is to know the genealogy of Jesus, The Christ, The Messiah, The Son of God, The One God sent?

* A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life of Christ, A. T. Robertson, Harper and Rowe, New York, Evanston and London, 1950, p.3.

** Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, Matthew Henry, Regency Reference Library, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1960, pp. 1423,1424.

NOTE: Eyewitness The Life of Christ Told in One Story, Winepress Publishing, 2008, by Frank Ball, will be shortened to Eyewitness for brevity sake throughout the rest of this devotional.

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