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The Genealogy of Christ Corrects the Genealogy of Humanity

Rev Enoch Thompson | January 1, 2023 | Matthew 1:1-17

KEY VERSE: Matthew 1:1

1. A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ

a. the son of David,

b. the son of Abraham:

Matthew presents Jesus Christ as the King of the people of Israel and by extension the Son of Abraham through whom all the nations of the world would be blessed (Gen. 12:3).

The Old Testament records the genealogy of the first Adam in Genesis 5; it was a degenerative genealogy in that the summary of that genealogy shows that all in that line shared a common end of death, no matter how long they lived for.

Our text in Matt.1:1-17 is one of the passages of Scripture that we will either skip or rush through because it is a list of names with no story to go along with it.

It is however an important list since it gives us the genealogy of the Second Adam (1 Cor. 15:45), and the emphasis is on birthing, fathers giving birth to sons; there is a new emphasis to show that the line of faith in Christ produces the new life of God in the restored humanity who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:23).

In verses 5 and 6 women of questionable character and record (Rahab and Uriah’s wife) are mentioned in the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ, without destroying the power of the emphasis on life in the genealogy. This is to show the regenerative power in the new genealogy, so that where we come from and our backgrounds and life circumstances did not limit what God intends to or is able to do in and through us.

Believe in Jesus Christ, and become part of this new humanity-given life and transformed identity by the power of God.

As a new year begins, let us thank God for the new genealogy of life which we have in Christ the King


Lord help me to be thankful for my new life in Christ throughout the year.


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