Summary: 3 of ? Matthew’s audience is provided a telling look at Jesus’ right to Messianic rule. Jesus is uniquely the Messianic King. But ?Why is Jesus uniquely that King? OR...?What makes Jesus uniquely the Messianic King? Jesus is uniquely the Messianic King by...
JESUS The MESSIANIC KING-III—Matthew 1:1-17
Time To Go:
Esther had a heart attack & was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a dream, during which she saw God & asked if this was the end for her.
God said, "No" & explained that she had another 25years to live.
As soon as she had recovered, Esther figured that since she had another 25years, she might as well stay in the hospital & have a face-lift, liposuction, breast augmentation & tummy tuck that she had always promised herself. So she did & she even changed the color of her hair!
Some weeks later, as Esther was leaving the hospital, she was knocked over & killed by a car.
When Esther arrived in front of God, she asked, "I thought you said I had another 25years?"
God replied, “Sorry about that, but I didn't recognize you.”
There has never & will never be a problem identifying God’s promised Messianic King, as Jesus of Nazareth & vice-versa!
The awesome mystery surrounding the magnificence of Christ's taking on human flesh to redeem mankind for God's works & heaven, is worth celebrating on a personal level all year, & even to the point of outlandish celebration!
You may be asking yourself, ?Can I ever consider myself as part of the church? You may be telling yourself that, ‘I’m just not good enough.’ ‘My past is too much of an obstacle to ever be accepted in a church.’...
*That kind of thinking will keep you in bondage! I want you to listen today & know that God can use even you, ‘warts & all.’!
Matthew’s audience is provided a telling look at Jesus’ right to Messianic rule.
Jesus is uniquely the Messianic King.
But Why is Jesus uniquely the Messianic King?
What makes Jesus uniquely the Messianic King?
How do we know that Jesus is uniquely the Messianic King?
Last time we were in Matthew Chapter 1, we discovered that Jesus is uniquely the Messianic King by...
2. COVENANTAL CONTINUANCE(:2-16)
Today we’ll find that:
3-a—Jesus is also uniquely the Messianic King by...
INCLUSION(:3)(:5, 6, 16)
Explanation: (:3) Grace/Forgiveness
“Matthew could have highlighted Jesus’ connection to Sarah, Rebecca, & Rachel, the matriarchs of Israel. But instead, he mentions Canaanites, prostitutes, & Moabite women, who would be associated with Israel’s sin & covenant failure.”—BibleProject.com in ‘Jesus & Genealogies’
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, including ourselves.
A common factor among all 5 of the women mentioned, is that the circumstances of their being accepted as legitimate ancestors or progenitors, becomes questionable. The strength/veracity of their witness is potentially marred, being surrounded by & tainted by “suspicions of illegitimacy”, in the eyes of humanity.
:3—“Judah begot Perez & Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, & Hezron begot Ram.”
Judah’s, or rather “Perez’ ” genealogical entry is different in that his mother is listed.
Perez’ mother is “Tamar,” who is a noteworthy person known by having craftily tricked her lying, debaucherous father-in-law(“Judah”) into an illicit, one-time, sexual relationship as she posed as a practicing harlot. This shamefully contorted & sordid event, recorded in Gen. 38, produced Perez(& “Zerah” his twin).
In Gen. 38, the focal point of recording/relating the embarrassing events surrounding Tamar’s conception, “is the succession of Judah’s family, which is jeopardized by the behavior of the men of the household.”—Kenneth A. Matthews in ‘Genesis’ of NAC
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. He was at Chezib when she bore him. 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[Tamar] & 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.”
Gen. 38:11-19—“Then Judah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law, “Remain a widow in your father’s house till my son Shelah is grown.” For he said, “Lest he also die like his brothers.”[?perhaps Judah had married-off Er sooner than he should have?] And Tamar went & dwelt in her father’s house. Now in the process of time the daughter of Shua, Judah’s wife, died; & Judah was comforted, & went up to his sheepshearers at Timnah, he & his friend Hirah the Adullamite. And it was told Tamar, saying, “Look, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep.” So she took off her widow’s garments, covered herself with a veil & wrapped herself, & sat in an open place which was on the way to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was grown, & she was not given to him as a wife. When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, because she had covered her face. Then he turned to her by the way, & said, “Please let me come in to you”; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. And he said, “I will send a young goat from the flock.” So she said, “Will you give me a pledge till you send it?” Then he said, “What pledge shall I give you?” So she said, “Your signet & cord, & your staff that is in your hand.” Then he gave them to her, & went in to her, & she conceived by him. So she arose & went away, & laid aside her veil & put on the garments of her widowhood...””