Devotional Reading: Psalm 102:12-22
Background Scripture: Matthew 1:1-17; Hebrews 1
Key Verse: Hebrews 1:2
Today’s lesson centers on heritage (lineage), simply put, humble beginnings. The Books of Matthew and Hebrews offer various insights into “who” Jesus is by way of his ancestral lineage, making Him heir. From the beginning of time, God’s hand is at work, let us begin our journey.
I. Wanderers to Kings (Matthew 1:1-6)
In verses 1-6, Matthew establishes Jesus genealogy as being the fulfillment of both Abrahamic and Davidic covenants. Jesus lineage proves His earthly identity as well as supports His rightful place as heir to the throne of David.
Ancestral Significance: It began with Abraham (Abraham received the covenant that established the people of Israel) and extended to Jesse who begat David. Despite David’s sin, God kept His promise of the covenant initiated with Abraham.
II. Captives to the King (Matthew 1:16-17)
Verses 16 & 17, Jacob begat Joseph (husband of Mary) of whom Jesus was born, who is also referenced as Christ. Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua. Generational connection: From Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David to Babylon captivity are fourteen generations, and from Babylon to Christ time are fourteen generations.
III. The King as the Son (Hebrews 1:1-5)
Verses 1-5 speaks of a time (sundry times and divers’ manners) when God communicated indirectly (burning bush and visions) to the prophets but now speaks to us by way of his Son, through scripture. These last days refers to the time when Jesus first comes on the scene and continues to present day (our time).
Jesus, son of God, is appointed heir of all things (heaven and earth). He has “divine” authority and ownership. The Son bears the image of God, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” The Son initiated purging/cleansing from sin by way of His death on the cross, he sits on the right hand of God in heaven. Being made and exalted above the angels, by inheritance obtained a more excellent name. God declares that Jesus is His Son, and He will be a Father to him, and He shall be His Son.
Our lineage/history is especially important, it gives us insight as to who we are, where we come from (how we came into existence), and how we move forward not only individually but as a people. Due to the technology of our time, we are equipped to trace our history in ways we never dreamed. That being said, we must also remember the primary heir (Jesus), because of Him, we have life and through Him, we have a life of promise and meaning.
Sis. Mary Turner