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The King Has Come Matthew 1:1-17
Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew In his Gospel, Matthew proves over and over again that God keeps His Word. God keeps His promises, and His prophecies are the promises that that Matthew proves have been kept throughout the book. Matthew’s Gospel starts at the end of what we can refer to as the time of the exile. This was the period of Israel’s history where there was no king, there were no judges, only prophets. And in the midst of this seemingly dark and difficult time, God provides hope through the prophets. The prophecies of God have a central character. The central character in the OT prophecies is a great King whom God has promised will rule over His kingdom. To a people without a king God tells them of the coming king, the King who has been promised from the beginning. The one who will bring all nations together, the one who will bring about justice, the one who will reign forever.
Some of the prophecies of the coming King in the OT... 2 Samuel 7:15–16 (CSB) 15 But my faithful love will never leave him as it did when I removed it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and kingdom will endure before me forever, and your throne will be established forever.” David’s house and kingdom will endure forever through a promised son.
Psalm 2:6–8 (CSB) 6 “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” 7 I will declare the Lord’s decree. He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance and the ends of the earth your possession. For the ends of the earth to be a possession and the nations an inheritance we are looking for a significant king.. one on whom the Lord calls His son.
Psalm 24:8–10 (CSB) The King Has Come Matthew 1:1-17 8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, you gates! Rise up, ancient doors! Then the King of glory will come in. 10 Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord of Armies, he is the King of glory.
God promised a king of glory, one who is strong and mighty, the Lord of Armies...
Micah 5:2 (CSB) 2 Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; one will come from you to be ruler over Israel for me. His origin is from antiquity, from ancient times. Bethlehem was small, and Judah as a region was small... and yet there is the promise that through Bethlehem in Judah a king would come... and yet this king would be from of old.
Isaiah 9:6–7 (CSB) 6 For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the Lord of Armies will accomplish this.
The promised King of Israel would reign with righteousness now and forever... this is the Lord of Armies. His name will be grand and wonderful than all other names... He will be named wonderful counselor, mighty God, eternal father, the prince of peace! This king will be like no other king who has ever been or ever will be.
This is the king that the people in exile were waiting for. This is the king they were longing for. The one who would reign on David’s throne, the one who would free the people of Israel from their bondage and exile and unity the two kingdoms under His rule. This is the king of glory, the king eternal, the promised Messiah of the people of Israel.
Matthew begins his gospel with the genealogical evidence that Jesus Christ is this promised King.
The King Has Come Matthew 1:1-17
Matthew begins his gospel with the genealogical evidence that Jesus Christ is this promised King.
There is a legal line of the king that runs through three eras of Israel’s history- from Abraham to David to Jesus. Matthew proves that Jesus is the King who has come... and as we move into the Advent season, we look forward to the promise that He will return.
Matthew 1:1 “An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.”
“Christ” is a title, not a name. 1. It means the anointed one, or King. 2. Jesus Christ means Jesus the anointed one.
When we read or hear Jesus Christ “we should be thinking Jesus the Messiah, the one God anointed to bring about our redemption.” - DA Carson
Jesus is the promised King and the promised blessing to all nations.
“Son of Abraham” refers to the promised son of Abraham who would be a blessing to all nations.
Genesis 12:2–3 (CSB) 2 I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.,
Genesis 15:13–14 (CSB) 13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know this for certain: Your offspring will be resident aliens for four hundred years in a land that does not belong to them and will be enslaved and oppressed. 14 However, I will judge the nation they serve, and afterward they will go out with many possessions.
Matthew 1:1–17 CSB
An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: Abraham fathered Isaac, Isaac fathered Jacob, Jacob fathered Judah and his brothers, Judah fathered Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez fathered Hezron, Hezron fathered Aram, Aram fathered Amminadab, Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon, Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab, Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth, Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered King David. David fathered Solomon by Uriah’s wife, Solomon fathered Rehoboam, Rehoboam fathered Abijah, Abijah fathered Asa, Asa fathered Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat fathered Joram, Joram fathered Uzziah, Uzziah fathered Jotham, Jotham fathered Ahaz, Ahaz fathered Hezekiah, Hezekiah fathered Manasseh, Manasseh fathered Amon, Amon fathered Josiah, and Josiah fathered Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon. After the exile to Babylon Jeconiah fathered Shealtiel, Shealtiel fathered Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel fathered Abiud, Abiud fathered Eliakim, Eliakim fathered Azor, Azor fathered Zadok, Zadok fathered Achim, Achim fathered Eliud, Eliud fathered Eleazar, Eleazar fathered Matthan, Matthan fathered Jacob, and Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus who is called the Messiah. So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations; and from David until the exile to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the exile to Babylon until the Messiah, fourteen generations.
The King Has Come Matthew 1:1-17
Genesis 17:1–6 (CSB) When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him, saying, “I am God Almighty. Live in my presence and be blameless. 2 I will set up my covenant between me and you, and I will multiply you greatly.” 3 Then Abram fell facedown and God spoke with him: 4 “As for me, here is my covenant with you: You will become the father of many nations. 5 Your name will no longer be Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. 6 I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you.
Genesis 22:18 (CSB) 18 And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed my command.”
Matthew 1:2-6 records the legal rights of Jesus from Abraham to David
“Son of David” refers to the promised son of David who would be an everlasting King.
2 Samuel 7:12–17 (CSB) 12 When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will discipline him with a rod of men and blows from mortals. 15 But my faithful love will never leave him as it did when I removed it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and kingdom will endure before me forever, and your throne will be established forever.’ ” 17 Nathan reported all these words and this entire vision to David.
This promise to David was a covenant fulfilled in part by Solomon, but with a future promise that would not be fulfilled until the coming Messiah.
Matthew 1:6-11 records the legal rights of Jesus from David to Jeconiah, leading into the time of exile.
During the time exile, God continued to keep His promise to His people.
Matthew 1:12-16 records the legal rights of Jesus from Jeconiah to Jesus through Joseph.
Matthew 1:17 Observations: “Grace doesn’t run in families.” JC Ryle - Unpack - Your salvation is dependent upon your faith in Jesus, not the way you were raised or the faith of your parents.
God’s promises are a comfort to the saved and a source of fear for the lost.
The truth that Jesus is the Christ, is the foundation upon which we build our faith.
The promised King has come, and He is coming again. - Just like during the time of the exile God was still at work keeping His promise, during this in between time we can trust that God is still at work keeping His promises and that Christ will return. The truth that Christ has come and is coming again changes the way we live our lives... and the Christmas season provides us an opportunity as followers of the King to check our hearts and our motivations. If we can’t do Christmas for the Lord we may have a much larger problem on our lives. Meaning, if we can’t celebrate the fulfillment of Christ’s promises in ways that are different that those who don’t believe in God or celebrate His promises there is something wrong with us. The world is going to be like the world... But we as God’s people should live in this time, and specifically in this holiday time like those on who the light has dawned.
The Advent Conspiracy as a response to Jesus as King
Worship Fully- Because Christ is the promised king and worthy of our worship!
Spend less- on yourself... this is because the one who is worthy of your time and your resources has come, and He is coming again.
Give more- because this world is not what our lives are about. We are about a kingdom that cannot be shaken, we are about furthering the kingdom of God and not our own.
Love All- we love because He first loved us, and according to the same Bible that proves that Jesus is the Christ, it is
God’s love for us that results in our salvation.
The central character in the OT prophecies is a great King whom God has promised will rule over His kingdom- Jesus is that King!
“The three sets are broken down into those generations:
(1) before the monarchy (2) during the monarchy, and (3) after the fall of the monarchy to Babylon. He did not mention every single ancestor, but traced the generations in systematic, memorable terms. If the reader wanted more detail, it was available through the temple records. But Matthew’s undeniable point was that Jesus of Nazareth is legal heir to the throne of Israel!”
Applications: Are God’s promises a comfort or a fear?
Do you look forward to the return of the King?
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