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Summary: 2 of 2. Matthew’s audience is given a telling look at Jesus’ Messianic Kingship. Jesus is uniquely the Messianic King. But Why OR What makes Jesus uniquely such? Jesus is uniquely the Messianic King by...

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JESUS The MESSIANIC KING-II—Matthew 1:1-17

Attention:

For many, Christmas is about the change of physical seasons. With our sentiments being stirred by specific & secular, holiday songs & stories. White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, & of course the Night Before Christmas.

But none of these even approach the magnificent mystery of Christ's taking on human flesh to redeem us for God's works & heaven!

Those secular appropriations are a paltry attempt by the lost, to redeem the celebration for themselves.

Need:

Jesus was no doubt a very intelligent teacher. But What is so special about Him?

Is there any evidence for what the Church believes about Him?

Matthew’s audience is provided a telling look at Jesus’ right to Messianic rule.

Jesus is uniquely the Messianic King.

Why is Jesus uniquely the Messianic King?

OR

What makes Jesus uniquely the Messianic King?

This morning we discovered 2 qualifiers making Jesus uniquely the Messianic King were by...

1. COVENANT(:1)

2—Jesus is uniquely the Messianic King by...

INCLUSION(:3, 5, 6, 16)

Explanation: (:3, 5, 6, 16) Grace/Forgiveness

The inclusion of 5 women(here Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsehba, Mary) is both “unnecessary & unusual in Jewish genealogies.”—Craig Blomberg

By Matthew’s adding them, their stories become significant to his audience.

A common factor among all 5 of them is that they are encompassed by “suspicions of illegitimacy,”

TAMAR:

:3—“Judah begot Perez & Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, & Hezron begot Ram.”

“by Tamar”—

Judah’s or rather “Perez’” entry is different in that his mother is listed.

She is “Tamar,” who is a noteworthy person known by having craftily tricked her lying father-in-law(“Judah”) into an illicit, one-time, sexual relationship as she posed as a harlot. This shamefully contorted & sordid event, recorded in Gen. 38, produced Perez(& “Zerah” his twin).

Gen 38:1-10 “It came to pass at that time that Judah departed from his brothers, & visited a certain Adullamite whose name was Hirah. And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua, & he married her & went in to her. So she conceived & bore a son, & he called his name Er. She conceived again & bore a son, & she called his name Onan. And she conceived yet again & bore a son, & called his name Shelah....Then Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, & her name was Tamar. But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD, & the LORD killed him. And Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife & marry her, & raise up an heir to your brother.” But Onan knew that the heir would not be his; & it came to pass, when he went in to his brother’s wife, that he emitted on the ground, lest he should give an heir to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD; therefore He killed him also.”


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