Tuesday in the First Week of Ordinary Time

Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38

Son of Adam, Abraham, David, and Others, According to the Scriptures

Here are other passages of Scripture that few dwell upon, but we shall, believing that every word of the Bible is “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16).

First the matter of the genealogical records.  Why are there discrepancies between Matthew’s account and that of Luke’s?  All I can tell you are the solutions that have been proposed, none of which are without their own set of problems: 1) Matthew gives Joseph’s line while Luke gives Mary’s.  That falls out with the very first line in Luke’s account that says that Jesus, “being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph,” not “Mary.”  2) Another suggestion is that Matthew gives the royal line while Luke gives the line of natural descent.  Again, this is not without problems.  This is all I will say and then put it to rest.  1) Regardless of the discrepancies, the ancient Jews were experts at keeping genealogies.  2) Though there are discrepancies, we need not discount the whole of them.    3) It was also not uncommon for some generations to be skipped – we are talking about a genealogy over centuries.  4) Finally, it speaks to the integrity of the Bible that both genealogies are given; no attempt was ever made to hide them or reconcile them.

Now to the meat of the matter.  The purpose of these genealogies is to show that Jesus was the son of David, who was to be the kingly Messiah (Psalms 83:9; 132:11), the son of Abraham, through whose seed all the nations would be blessed (Genesis 12:3), and the son of Adam, husband of Eve, whose son was to crush the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15).  (Also see Zechariah’s song in Luke 1:67-79 for the fulfillment of all of these.)  I like it best that it mentions Adam – the point being made that Christ was made like his people: “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil…. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:14-17).

One more thing, there are four women in Matthew’s account: Tamar and Bathsheba, adulteresses, Rahab, a harlot, and Ruth, a foreigner.  All four later proved faithful and so Christ is not ashamed to call them, “sisters” (if I may borrow from Hebrews 2:11).  The integrity of Scripture rings true again: there is no attempt to hide the truth.  And why should there be?  It was for poor sinners like you and me that Jesus came to save.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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