“…but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” Hebrews 1:2 (NIV)
Matthew 1:1-17; Hebrew 1:1-5
Matthew begins with a summary of the genealogical record. Here, Jesus is linked both to God’s promises to Abraham and the royal line of David. The prophecies that Matthew so often mentions show that Jesus indeed fulfilled the promise made to Abraham that all nations would be blessed. Matthew also intends to show that Jesus was real of royal lineage and worthy of the title placed over the cross, “The King of the Jews.” Like Peter on the day of Pentecost, Matthew seeks to convict the Jewish mind of crucifying their Messiah and thus sinning against God. If he can accomplish this, then, like those in Acts 2, they will cry out, “what must we do.”
You can observe God’s intention concerning the genealogy of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is not a needless genealogy, and it is not a vain-glorious one either, as those of great men often are. It proves that our Lord Jesus is of the nation and family out of which the Messiah was to arise. The promise of the blessing made to Abraham and his seed and the dominion, to David and his seed. The promised to Abraham that Christ should descend from him:
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you…” Genesis 12:3 (NIV) “…and through your offspring, all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me…” Genesis 22:18 (NIV)
All the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, and from David until the migration. Babylon’s migration unto Christ fourteen generations summarize the story of God’s leading His people home again, beginning with the return from exile about 538 BC. The heir of all things who has divine authority and fulfilled the Old Testament covenant promises is Jesus. The absolute human heritage. God’s faithfulness promises the old and new covenant that Jesus is the final step of blessing all nations. Therefore, take notice of the Father’s message, He is God’s Son, greater than any angel or prophet, but He is also God himself.
Deaconess Pamela Lewis