Monday Morning: 12 Aug 2019 – Matthew 1:1-25 ~ The Gospel of Matthew: The ancestry and birth of Jesus the Messiah.

Monday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for the Renewal of Life – Monday)

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Matthew 1:1-25 (NLT)

The Ancestors of Jesus the Messiah

This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham:

Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Jacob. Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers.

Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah (whose mother was Tamar). Perez was the father of Hezron. Hezron was the father of Ram. Ram was the father of Amminadab. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon. Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab). Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth). Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of King David.

David was the father of Solomon (whose mother was Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah). Solomon was the father of Rehoboam. Rehoboam was the father of Abijah.  Abijah was the father of Asa. Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat was the father of Jehoram. Jehoram was the father of Uzziah.

Uzziah was the father of Jotham. Jotham was the father of Ahaz. Ahaz was the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh. Manasseh was the father of Amon. Amon was the father of Josiah. Josiah was the father of Jehoiachin and his brothers (born at the time of the exile to Babylon).

After the Babylonian exile: Jehoiachin was the father of Shealtiel. Shealtiel was the father of Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud. Abiud was the father of Eliakim. Eliakim was the father of Azor. Azor was the father of Zadok. Zadok was the father of Akim. Akim was the father of Eliud. Eliud was the father of Eleazar. Eleazar was the father of Matthan. Matthan was the father of Jacob.

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called the Messiah.

All those listed above include fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah.

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.
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Morning Reflection:

Today we begin reading through the Gospel of Matthew – written by the Apostle who left his profession as a tax collector to follow Jesus. This is the same disciple (Levi) who invited Jesus and his disciples to a banquet of sinners – shunned by the religious leaders, but the very people whom Jesus came to seek and save.

According to tradition, Matthew ministered in Palestine for several years after Jesus’ ascension to heaven. He also made missionary journeys to the Jews who lived among the Gentiles outside Palestine, Diaspora Jews. There is evidence that he visited Persia, Ethiopia, Syria, and Greece. The Gospel was probably written around A.D. 70.

Matthew’s Gospel is distinctly Jewish in vocabulary and O.T. references. His purpose is to demonstrate that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah, and that he fulfilled the requirements of being the promised King who would be a descendant of David. In this regard, the Gospel emphasizes Jesus’ teaching on the nature and requirements of the Kingdom of God.

In today’s reading, Matthew establishes Jesus’ bona fides by tracing Jesus’ ancestry through King David back to Father Abraham –

“This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah,
a descendant of David and of Abraham….”

– Matthew 1:1 –

Matthew also cites the fulfillment of O.T. prophecy to underscore the miraculous, messianic nature of Jesus’ birth as Immanuel (God with us) –

All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”
– Matthew 1:22-23 –

Questions for consideration:

  • Have you ever traced your family ancestry? What did you discover? What difference did it make? Please explain.
  • Why do you think it was important for Matthew to trace Jesus’ ancestry through David all the way back to Abraham? What difference does it make for you? Please explain.
  • Matthew makes a connection between Jesus’ virgin birth (conceived by the Holy Spirit) and his prophetic name – “Immanuel” (God is with us). Why do think he did that? Please explain.
  • The angel assigned the name Jesus to the child that Mary carried. Jesus in Hebrew (Yeshua) means savior. Have you been saved by Jesus? From what? For what? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Lord Jesus, you called Matthew from collecting taxes to become your apostle and evangelist: Grant us the grace to forsake all covetous desires and inordinate love of riches, that we may follow you as he did and proclaim to the world around us the good news of your salvation.

Open our hearts and minds to the revelations of the Holy Spirit given to him, that we may receive you as our long-promised Messiah and Savior, and welcome you as our King – for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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“Emmanuel” – Hillsong

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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