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Episode Info: In this episode Brother Jonathan starts going through the book of Matthew, beginning with Matthew's genealogy of Christ.   Remnant Bible Fellowship S3EP12 Matthew 1:1-17   1:1 – “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Mat 1:1) “Book of the generation of Jesus Christ” – “Generation” means that “this is a genealogy of Jesus Christ”. The phrase “book of the generation of” is reminiscent of the OT genealogies. Matthew places Jesus at the front to emphasize that all of these are dependent upon Him. Matthew also uses the Hebrew way of genealogy which goes from progenitor to ancestor. This is in contrast with Luke’s gospel which goes the other way—the Greek way. There are notable differences between Luke’s and Matthew’s genealogies. Luke’s is much more detailed while Matthew skips peoples’ names and even has some play on words with alternative renderings of names. (Amon to Amos, Asa to Asaph). Some of these differences are between Greek text families. If you read a KJV you won’t notice these two, but if you read a version based on the Critical text then you will. The weight of manuscript evidence goes to the renderings Amos and Asaph. This actually is in agreement with what Matthew does seem to be doing with his genealogy different from Luke. Matthew is emphasizing that Jesus is integral to Israel’s history. He’s tied to notable people throughout their history by direct descent. He makes the play on words by changing Amon to Amos and Asa to Asaph to evoke the more spiritual picture of the prophet Amos and the psalmist Asaph. This kind of alteration of names happened at times in this type of work. Indeed, things such as Hebrew Midrash allowed for very free application of things sometimes to allude to OT pictures. I’m not going to go into detail about the differences. There are better teachers for that. But know that Matthew does skip generations and does other things for the purpose of his theme. Practices like these were not uncommon at times. Son of David – Matthew mentions two people in this first verse: Abraham and David. The Messiah had to be a descendent of Abraham (a Hebrew) and David (to inherit his throne). “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed…And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.” (Gen 12:3, 7) “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” (Gal 3:16) “And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he s...
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