Updated: Dec 26, 2022
A GENESIS STORY (pt. 1)
This season is when many consider the birth of Jesus and the story of Jesus. Considering the significance of Jesus' birth, this two-week series will explore the names given to Jesus in the genealogy of Matthew's gospel.
The first is Jesus (Matt. 1:21). "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." The second name we are told is Immanuel (Matt. 1:23), "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (which means "God with us”)."
Matthew begins with a genealogy of Jesus. Passages that are often skipped over in our Bibles are the genealogies. You know, long lists of names that are difficult to pronounce. Sometimes we are curious why they are in our Bibles. However, we typically will pass right over them. I get it, and I've done the same thing at times.
Matthew assumes a few things as he records his account of Jesus. First, he assumes his readers have a background in the Hebrew Scriptures. Also, he assumes his readers have background knowledge of the story of Israel. From here, Matthew presents Jesus and the story of Jesus. He throws all this information out there about Jesus for us to decide. Who do you believe Jesus to be?