Summary: The Genealogy of Jesus proclaims the truth of WHO IS JESUS!
The Father’s Gift of Jesus Messiah
I realize that the way to win friends and influence people on a Sunday morning may not be to read the Genealogy of Jesus, but this IS the inspired Word of God and so it is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
What is the point of a genealogy? The word for genealogy in Matthew 1 is “genesis”, (the first book of the Bible is Genesis, the book of beginnings) and so a genealogy records beginnings. Normally, it traces the family tree. Who were your forefathers? THIS genealogy is especially important because it is a tribute to and a record of the faithfulness of Almighty God to fulfill HIS Promise for Salvation. This genealogy records the ancestry of Joseph (and Jesus) from Abraham: BUT Remember that Jesus said in John 8:58: "I tell you the truth…before Abraham was born, I am!" And so Jesus precedes Abraham (Luke 3 takes Mary’s lineage to before Adam.)
This genealogy proves Jesus was of the Line of David, even as Old Testament prophecy declared(as does Luke’s). Hear the Record from God’s Word in Matthew 1:
Matthew 1:1 “The record of the genealogy (the “Genesis”) of Jesus (Yahweh is Salvation, Savior) the Messiah (Christ, khri-stos, the Anointed One) the son of David,("beloved") the son of Abraham (the promise made to be the "father of a multitude") : 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac ("he laughs"; a son of Promise? this couldn’t possibly be true!), Isaac the father of Jacob, ("heel holder" or "supplanter", to hold back, but changed to Israel after he wrestled with God: “God prevails”.) and Jacob the father of Judah (“He (God) shall be praised”) and his brothers. 3 Judah was the father of Perez (pronounced “farez”, "breach", one of a twin) and Zerah ("a rising as the sun)" by Tamar ("palm tree”: fruitful, pure, and triumphant), Perez was the father of Hezron, (“surrounded by a wall"-the Lord is my protection.) and Hezron the father of Ram ("high" or "exalted"). 4 Ram was the father of Amminadab, ("one of the prince's people"-Are YOU one?) Amminadab the father of Nahshon, (root word “Divine”-the Holy One) and Nahshon the father of Salmon ("garment"-Jesus is our covering). 5 Salmon was the father of Boaz (“in him is strength") by Rahab ("wide" as in How wide is God’s mercy, to accept sinners to himself!), Boaz was the father of Obed ("serving"-Jesus came to serve, not to be served) by Ruth (“friendship”), and Obed the father of Jesse ("wealthy"). 6 Jesse was the father of David the king. (David is a picture and forerunner of Christ-“Beloved”-this is my Son in whom I am well-pleased.)
David was (a warrior but He was) the father of Solomon ("peaceful"-Prince of Peace) by Bathsheba ("daughter of an oath"-People are apt to be promise breakers, but God always keeps His promises.) who had been the wife of Uriah ("light of Yahweh"-Jesus is the Light of the World). 7 Solomon was the father of Rehoboam, ("enlarger of the people"-I will build my Church throughout the whole world.) Rehoboam the father of Abijah, ("My Father is Yahweh) and Abijah the father of Asa.(“physician, or cure"-Jesus is the great physician and saves from the death of sin; He alone cures us.) 8 Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat, ("whom Yahweh judges"-The Lord is our judge, and he will judge the living and the dead.) Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, ("whom Yahweh has exalted"- The Lord alone is worshiped.) and Joram the father of Uzziah. ("strength of Yahweh"- He is my strength.) 9 Uzziah was the father of Jotham, ("Yahweh is upright") Jotham the father of Ahaz,(he has grasped or possessed") and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. ("the might of Yahweh”) 10 Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh, ("causing to forget") Manasseh the father of Amon, ("builder") and Amon the father of Josiah. (Whom Yahweh heals) 11 Josiah became the father of Jeconiah ("whom Yahweh establishes") and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. (It appears that the Kingdom of Israel and promises of God have been lost…but wait!)
12 After the deportation to Babylon: Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel, (sal-ath-ee-ale') ("I have asked of God") and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel. (Born in Babylon- Jesus was born in our Babylon (confusion) in order to be our Savior.) 13 Zerubbabel was the father of Abihud, ("my father is majesty") Abihud the father of Eliakim, ("raising up by God"-God raised up to be our Savior!) and Eliakim the father of Azor.("helper") 14 Azor was the father of Zadok, ("just") Zadok the father of Achim, ("the Lord will establish") and Achim the father of Eliud. ("God his Praise") 15 Eliud was the father of Eleazar,( "help of God") Eleazar the father of Matthan, (disciple) and Matthan the father of Jacob. ("heel holder" or "supplanter", to hold back, changed to Israel: ‘God prevails’.) 16 Jacob was the father of Joseph ("let him add") the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus (Yahweh is Salvation) was born, who is called the Messiah. (Christ, the Anointed One.)