Genealogy of Jesus Christ
1. The book of the generation of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob;
and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
3. And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar;
and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
4. And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat
Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;
5. And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz
begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
6. And Jesse begat David the king; and David
the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
7. And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat
Abia; and Abia begat Asa;
8. And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat
Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;
9. And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat
Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
10. And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses
begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;
11. And Josias begat Jechonias and his
brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:
12. And after they were brought to Babylon,
Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;
13. And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat
Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;
14. And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim;
and Achim begat Eliud;
15. And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat
Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;
16. And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary,
of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17. So all the generations from Abraham to
David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into
Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto
Christ are fourteen generations. -Matthew 1
The Five Women of Matthew’s Genealogy:
God doesn’t choose according to righteousness under the Mosaic Law. Matthew takes great care to point this out in his genealogical record by purposely including the names of 5 women through whom the Messiah came - 4 of whom would have been ‘disqualified’ if God’s calling depended upon the righteousness of the Law:
1- Tamar, Mat.1:3:
Tamar is a Canaanite woman wife of Judah’s eldest son, Er (Ge.38:1-7).
Gen 38:11-30 informs us that Judah’s daughter-in-law, deprived of a promised husband (the last of Judah’s sons), impersonated a harlot. She enticed Judah to lie with her and from that illicit union came two sons - Perez and Zerah. And from Perez sprung Boaz, David and ultimately the Christ.
2- Rahab, Mat.1:5:
Rahab was known as ‘the harlot’ (Joshua 2:1).
Because Rahab had given friendly welcome to the spies, she’d exercised faith in the spies’ God (Heb 11:31). She believed that Jehovah was about to destroy Jericho and give Israel Canaan, so she petitioned the spies to spare her (Joshua 2:9-13).
Having entered into a covenant agreement with her (Joshua 2:14,17-20), she tied a red cord in the window, demonstrating her faith (belief in action) and was saved by Jehovah who didn’t let her habitation in the wall be destroyed (Joshua 6:25)... and she became the mother (ancestor) of Christ.
3- Ruth, Mat.1:5:
Ruth was a Moabitess, a gentile, a pagan (Ruth 1:4)
From her marriage union with Boaz, David came and the greater Son of David, Jesus. David, strictly speaking, was the third generation from Ruth,
4- Bathsheba, Mat.1:6:
She had adultery with King David (2S.11:4).
- Solomon, her son with David, was the ancestor of Joseph (Mat.1:7)... the "legal father" of Jesus.
- Nathan, the other son with David, was the ancestor of Virgin Mary (Lk.3:31)... the "real mother" of Jesus, thus avoiding the Jeconiah curse.
5- Virgin Mary, Mat.1:16: She is the Mother of Jesus, "the most blessed among women" proclaims the Bible (Lk.1:42), the one who "all generations shall call blessed" (Lk.1:48, Ps.45:17).
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