Summary: Shows from Matthew 1:1 that God fulfilled His promise to provide a sacrifice and a king through Jesus, "the son of Abraham and the son of David."

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Matthew 1:1

“The Promise Fulfilled”

Robert Warren

Westmoreland Church of Christ

February 20th, 2004

Matthew 1:1, “A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:”

We Christians are a funny bunch. Have you ever stopped to think that we are the only religion that has the main religious work of another religion within our own bible? Think about it. What we call the Old Testament is really the holy book of the Jewish religion, and the New Testament is the holy book of the Christian religion. Yet, when you pick up just about any “Holy Bible” there they are, both books, given equal importance. That’s pretty strange: you wouldn’t dream of finding a Muslim Koran in the same book as a Buddhist holy work. But the Christian bible has the Jewish bible almost as an introduction to it, bound in the same leather. That has confused a lot of people in the past. I’m sure many a person has started to read the bible to learn more about Jesus and like most people would, have started at the beginning. You would read for a long time before you would even come across the name Jesus if you did that...over half the book goes by before you ever hear about Jesus. There have been people throughout the ages who have tried to make the case that the Christian bible would be better off without the Old Testament, but they have never gotten very far, and for good reason.

You see, by and large, the Christian bible does not make much sense without the Jewish bible: that is to say, you need to have the Old Testament to understand what God is doing in the New Testament. Even though Jesus came from heaven, he didn’t just drop into the world unannounced and unforeseen. Oh no, God had Jesus in mind from the time that Adam and Eve first sinned in the Garden of Eden. All throughout the Old Testament God had been telling us that he would send a savior to save us from our sins. In the first book of the Old Testament, Genesis, God said to the devil in Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” In other words, there will be hatred between us and the devil, and even though the devil struck at his head on the Cross of Calvary, Jesus rose from the grave and will ultimately crush his head in the final victory. Then, in the last book of the Old Testament God promises that He will send a savior. Malachi 4:2 speaks of Jesus when it says, “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.” So, from beginning to end and all in between the Old Testament tells us that God is sending a savior for the world, and that savior is Jesus. So, that’s why we have the Jewish holy book in our own bible, for sets the stage for Jesus coming into the world. You can’t understand the New Testament unless you understand the Old Testament: the God described there, the sin described there, the promises described there, and most importantly, the savior described there.

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