Matthew 1: The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah

Earnest Examination

In this series, I have highlighted the texts of verses that I either don’t understand or have a comment or question about in yellow. The comments I’ve left beneath it will be of a smaller font and using brown text.

I’ve realized that I have never read the Bible front to back, and so would like to remedy that. On some of my posts, I quote from the Bible, which I feel is a little insincere if I’m not going to study the whole Bible. So this is my chance to get closer to the Word and really understand the book that I occasionally quote from.

I would love it if you’d join me in this journey and if you have any insights and/or knowledge of these chapters/verses etc., please feel free to share with me and the other readers. Any chance to get a clearer understanding of the Bible and Jesus Christ would be welcomed with open arms.

All verses used are from biblestudytools.com (NIV) Matthew 1

The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah

1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
[ I will not go into the genealogy of Jesus yet simply because I am not aware or knowledgeable enough in this subject to address these names further. I will have to implement further reading and studying to fully comprehend all these names. ]
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,
8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12 After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud,
15 Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,

16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
[ In a different commentary, that I wanted to mention here, it states that this verse specifically alludes to Mary being the mother of Jesus, while Joseph is the husband of Mary. Instead of stating that both Joseph and Mary are the parents of Jesus, since Jesus did not come from Joseph, this verse tells us indirectly that Joseph, while known as the worldly paternal father of Jesus, was not His biological birth father. ]

17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.
[ I find the subject of genealogy to be a fascinating one. After all, we all had to come from somewhere, right? Can we trace our origins back to the beginning of time? Could some of us be from Joseph and Mary’s lineage and not even know it? For those that think that Jesus had children, since most of his time has mysteriously not been recorded as far as we know, could some people today be descendants of Him? Some would say these beliefs are unfounded, since Jesus has been widely believed to be celibate, but there’s no actual recordings of this either way. Regardless, the matter of our origins is captivating, to say the least. ]

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about : His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

[ Reading these verses, I’m a little confused to the “pledged”/”divorce” aspect. If I am understanding correctly, Mary is pledged to wed Joseph, but they haven’t been married yet. Yet he is concerned about divorcing her. Are they already married or in the process of being married while Mary was pregnant? ]
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
[ I just want to make a note about this verse. How do we differentiate meaningful dreams from those that are simply bizarre images or nonsensical themes? Are all dreams meaningful? For that matter, do we really receive true visions from dreams? And another question I have is, “Did Joseph test this angel to make sure he came from the Lord?” Even in a dream I would think one should still make sure the angel comes with a message from the Lord. How do we know that Joseph did this?

There is also an interesting comparison to what allegedly happened on Christmas night, midnight in 1518 at the Franciscan convent of Saint Elizabeth of the Angels in Cordova, Andalusia, Spain. The tale of “Sister Magdalena of the Cross – The Nun Who Made a Pact With the Devil” tells the account of a devout follower of Jesus Christ who got corrupted at a tragically young age. The testimonies allege that Magdalena conceived “miraculously” as well, except instead of it being from the Holy Spirit, it was from demons that she had made a pact with to attain wonderful stature within the church. It seems as if this account, if real, was an attempt from the evil spirits to duplicate the “Immaculate Conception”, and try and reverse the holiness that the first one provided us. Which is impossible, of course, but not for lack of trying from the dark entities. ]
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
[ I think anyone even just a little bit familiar with the Bible and Jesus’ name can agree that He is known by many names. Some may even say that if you don’t know Him by His TRUE name, then you are looking to the wrong “savior” to save you. Some other names that He is known by is Yeshua, Yahweh, Joshua, Immanuel/Emmanuel, as well as the many other titles he has. Jesus itself from different translations can mean “(God) is salvation.” and “God saves.” ]
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Which prophet? I had to look this up. This was to fulfill what the prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 7:14 – “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Immanuel means “God with us.” or “God is with us.”
23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”.
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home
as his wife.
25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Obviously this series will go in order, so I am eager to tackle Matthew 2, next. Again, if you have further revelations/knowledge about this chapter, please feel free to share. I enjoy bouncing off theories and theology off of each other. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!

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