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December 15, 2021 12:00 am
We know that Jesus has a rightful claim to sit on of King David. Jesus can validate his tribal connections in his royal category because his genealogy escaped destruction of Israel.
Fiat inspires you sure you're holding a copy of thousands of copies available today, which means Jesus is the last verifiable claimant to the throne of David about gorging ever researched your family tree.
I know a few things about my past. I find it fun and interesting to think about my ancestors, but think about this if you were part of a monarchy.
Your genealogy would be more than just interesting. It would be critical if you are a king or queen your genealogy would be the basis of claiming your rightful place. Jesus is the descendent of King David and God promised David and eternal throne today working to find out why this is important in a lesson Stevens calling the pedigree. Some of the fastest growing Internet services are those dealing genealogical research already millions of people are researching your family tree through a vast network of sites and design to promote my curiosity as I was one of the sites in and I got about three levels in before they said you know you can continue if you give us $7.95 and sexuality to sermon illustration side 795 and the divine anything at all. III did find out that Davey is the 5592nd most popular name in American president and I got an average lifespan of 73 years gone 18 years. My name is absolutely nothing that was a wonderful tour of according to one institutional analysis of more than 9 million Internet users describe genealogy is a serious passion or hobby. I can understand why one article I read said that people might be simply putting together a multimedia presentation for their next family get-together. Others might be publishing a family history for posterity anywhere searching for living relatives. Many are studying their families health history in an attempt to get a jump on their own issues, but all of them.
This unbelieving reporter actually so it's interesting wrote their asking a core question of human nature. Where did I come from where did I come from a long how far back I track estimates. If you believe this puts the number of visitors to genealogy search engines and sites at a staggering 88 million a month 88 May the month.
What you do if you did a little research and found somebody you are related to and you really didn't want to know that maybe is a little embarrassing in the discovery of related I dial my one woman. I read about well-known author and asked if the researcher genealogy to publish it for her rather what family he agreed. As he began research though you discovered should end with the one or distant relatives had a murderer was had been a murderer and was electrocuted at the famous Sing Sing prison in the state of New York became very similar, last offer I got include this manager genealogy.
She begged him to leave the guy out of the family tree and he refused to be persuaded and finally she said, look, if you got it would include him at least write it in such a way that people won't exactly know he was electrocuted to death that Sing Sing came out.
She rushed to that particular page where he wrote of that in ancestor and following the entry of his name and read he occupied the chair of applied electricity and one of America's best-known institutions. He was very much attached to his position and died in the harness and go cleaned it all up.
More recently, I was sent an email.
Probably the rumor probably is apocryphal is that Sing Sing story Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in Southern California with personal work on her family and she discovered that Sen. Harry Reid's great great uncle Remus Reid that she thought she intersected the family. One point she found out that his great great uncle Remus was hanged for robbing trains in Montana in the late 1880s, she found a photograph I saw posted.
Remus is standing there with about three or four. Sheriff's officials around the bees on a makeshift wooden gallows he standing on top of that trapdoor that's going to eventually open and leave him, just saying if abruptly on the back of the picture.
Judy obtained during research was this actual inscription quote Remus Reid, horse thief sent to prison in 1883 escaped Rob the Montana railroad six times was eventually caught in 1887 by the Pinkerton Detective agency was convicted and hanged the entire town came to watch.
So rather mischievously.
Judy email this photograph to Sen. Harry Reid Remus Reid get on that wooden platform about to be hung just enough to show the Saturday who is related to and sometime later Hermione staff sent back the following statement having a little fun of their own.
Putting a spin on it. The response was that I quote Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana territory.
He had several business dealings with the Montana railroad.
He was a key player in investigation by the Pinkerton detective eight and 1889 Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor. When the platform upon which he was standing suddenly collapsed. That's a way to clean up your family tree when our last study together. We took a look at one of the prophecies of the Messiah today on a look at the family tree.
The pedigree of the Messiah from the gospel by Matthews. If you take your Bibles and turn to Matthew chapter 1. You'll discover his family tree.
I did is take you long will take us long before left wondering why the Lord did clean some of his before posting it for all the world to see before we dive in these first 17 verses, probably because the average Christian's eyes glaze over. It is in the most exciting reading the Bible like these verses probably represent some of the most skipped verses as Christians begin their Bible reading program through the year and you look at that and will just the opening line look the book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ and immediately after reading that you probably like your eyes glanced down the page and you see a bunch of names you'll recognize in the rest of them. You can't pronounce. There's probably not much here so you get down to verse 18 and you skip there. Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. That's the good stuff as we pick it up. Not so fast. The truth is, this is actually a lot more exciting than you might first think. Especially, however, the Jewish nation for the Jewish world to whom Matthew is writing primarily genealogies were critically important.
They determined occupation land rights. They established a tribal connection and in the lineage at all of the advantages that with that.
Almost like the importance of the social security card or a birth certificate for you want to do an official will.
Where's your genealogy.
These genealogical records were so important that the originals would be kept by the Sanhedrin, Israel's Supreme Court in the Temple of Jerusalem is interesting to me to find out the famous historian Josephus money set about to write his own autobiography in the first century began, in a way that would have been expected of someone like him. He began with his listed as genealogy any Jewish priest in the nation needed to be able to produce authentic pedigree tracking back his line back to Erin or he did have a job with Esri they remember return from exile and reestablish the sacrificial system. Several families volunteered several men to serve as priests, but they would be denied because they couldn't show their genealogy. The pedigree validating credit also found it interesting that Herod the great sea. Remember that King is unisex the Christmas story as we think of it, he will try to trick the Magi find and kill Jesus who dared to take his title. He longed to be respected and owned by the nation, but he was only have to have much to his chagrin desperately wanted to actually with a straight face.
This title, the king of the Jews was his fact, he had official records destroyed and one of his inserted that showed a pure Jewish bloodline, but everybody knew he was lying. Everybody knew it wasn't valid. So as you enter this genealogical record of Jesus, you need to know that there are several critical reasons why it would be provided.
In fact, for the Jew the leader the nation. This is on the job. Your seat stuff is really critical to give you at least three reasons why only for the nation. But for the church first to validate the pedigree of Jesus as legitimately Messiah the opening lining the book of the genealogy of Jesus. Yes, sure, Yahweh, great counterpart, which meant the one through whom salvation or Jehovah saves by the way, Jesus is Jehovah is further Jesus Christ just so there is any confusion about this man who has a rather common name Jesus is the Christ is the anointed one, as we study for starting out or he's just I believe God in the flesh, the anointed Messiah. That is all he's claiming to be the center notice David, this is royalty depended on heredity. Jesus is about to track his family tree all the way back to King David to legitimately claim his throne.
That's exactly what this genealogy is going to do this is going to be stunning, shocking, life altering, reading, it will be inspected.
Clarify improvement and in fact you can paraphrase one office at this entire genealogy by basically saying here's your K check it out. Inspect the pedigree through history to find true what Matthew does next, which is good to do a flyover in case you're wondering if we can get very far into this genealogy.
What he does is he basically arranges this genealogy in the three section and those sections follow the three primary stages of Israel's history. Each stage is going to incorporate or include 14 names. Some names are to be left out as are inconsequential to the validation and some comments are going to be inserted, which are gonna further startle the nation create a lot of heartburn in the process. Most evangelical scholars believe that this genealogy is divided in three sections with 14 names each to aid the memory of those that we want the record of their Messiah copy of Matthew like you do with through four copies. More than likely in our homes and offices. But if you want to have a copy of his pedigree. You would be compelled to memorize it and write it down. This was the way you can stay on track 14 names in each of the three sections. So the first section, your Bible may have a paragraphs which is helpful of Christ genealogy follows the history of Israel from Abraham all the way down to David, the king in verse six. The second section takes you from David all the way to the captivity of Israel and Babylon.
Verse 11 and ends with his tragic historical reminder of their deportation to Babylon, and in the third section takes you from the captivity to the birth of Jesus in verse 16, who is implicitly the ultimate deliverer in case you missed any of those three.
The divisions and you're just a type a thing about equation next week. All you have to do is reverse 17 look there.
So all the generations from Abraham to David, were 14 and from David deportation to Babylon 14 and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ. 14 generations and now you know where I got my outline. Thank you, Matthew right so first and foremost, this genealogy is going to validate the royalty of Jesus Christ. So just think of it this humble adopted son of a carpenter.
This miracle baby boy, am a virgin is actually going to prove he's the heir to the throne of David startle. Secondly, this genealogy will not only serve to validate the pedigree of Jesus.
It also serves as a demonstration of the providence of God me take you back a little bit of history, something devastating. You may already know about occurred in Jewish history, some 1900 years ago when Titus the Roman governor finally said on the authorization of the were tired of this rebellious little city go wipe it out and he did. He marched into the city in A.D. 70, and completely destroyed it and he destroyed the temple, and with that, and more tragically and and and and lastingly to this day those records inside the temple destroyed as well. Back to this day. Now we have no genealogy existing they can trace the ancestry of any Jew living today back to their tribal roots. No Jew today can produce from the priestly tribe or the royal tribe stopped is only one genealogy still available. The traces of first century Jew back to his tribe in print. Back to royal lines. Here's where it gets interesting. For those Jews today in the 21st century were looking for the Messiah to come today that Messiah would be unable to establish his lineage back to David, because those official records have been destroyed by the promise of God. Matthew this converted tax collector with his penchant for record-keeping was inspired by the spirit of God to record the details of the lineage of the pedigree of Jesus which means Jesus can validate his tribal connections in his royal pedigree because his genealogy escaped the destruction of Israel via inspired Scripture you're holding a copy of thousands of copies available, which means the good part. Jesus is the last verifiable claimant to the throne of David, the management of the business. I would be able prove genealogical Jesus is the last claim to prove there's another factor. By the way, in the second point is providence of God's tucked inside this genealogy effectively. Go to verse 12 we discover the troubling news that Joseph is in the light of Jack Anaya, a wicked king effectively go back to Old Testament records you find that because of Jack Anaya's wickedness, God declares that no descendent of Jeff, as shall sit upon the throne of David Jeremiah 22 verse 30. That means that since Joseph is descending from Jack on eyes line, a descendent of Joseph can't claim throne, but we know that the Messiah is going to sit on David's throne in PS have a legitimate claim to it. So now what well if you compare Matthew's genealogy with loops that we will take time daily. Chapter 3. They both track back to David through different descendents, because Luke is tracing Mary's natural father Eli and his line tracks all the way back to David, through his son Nathan.
Matthew was tracking Joseph's line all the way back to David, through his son Solomon. The lines converge at David through different sons Matthew is tracing Jesus his adoptive father is Luke is tracing the lineage of Mary and this is a little tedious but hang with me. The result is wonderful by the Doolittle sidebar here. It's interesting to consider the fact that both Mary and Joseph can trace their lineage back to King David.
So you think about the fact that this migrant carpenter and his teenage bride have royal blood coursing through their veins. Here's what the providence of God shine so brilliantly. If Jesus had been the natural born son of Joseph, he would have been disqualified from David's throne because of this curse on Jekyll and his descendents. No blood descendent object on I can sit upon the throne of David, but Jesus wasn't a blood descendent of Joseph was his adopted he was born of a virgin and from the Virgin Mary, he receives his bloodline back to David because she's related to David to and from his adopted father, adoptive father Joseph.
He receives the legal right passed down father to son, which was significant as well see there's only one way only one way for Jesus to circumvent the curse of Jack Anaya to be related to David legally and yet still somehow be related to David by blood, which was required.
See what God did providentially when he brought Joseph and Mary together. He knew he was giving Jesus Christ, God the son of the flesh, the bloodline from Mary the legal line from Joseph. We can rightfully claim from his parental lines converge to give him his royal pedigree in the royal privilege to claim Israel's throne perfectly is the last to be able claim line with no you can't help but notice by the Matthew carefully makes sure you understand that Jesus is not in the bloodline of Jack Anaya. Look at verse 15. The follow with me here in the lion, the father of Eliezer and Eleazar the father, and the time the father, Jacob, and Jacob, the father of Joseph, and Joseph, the father, Jesus away. Notice the shift and Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was.
We want to make sure nobody misses the genealogy serve not only to validate the pedigree of Jesus and demonstrate the providence of God, just those two illustrations give you one more genealogy thoroughly was given to illustrate the principles of grace. If you want to study each entry of this genealogy go back in the Old Testament and find out this lineage you'll discover that Jesus descended from a line of King obviously Matthews can a name. 15 of them and all from David Jacob you take a closer look sometime and you'll discover that half of those kings were godly. That is a follow after garlic David is a Kia Josiah but even still, some of those guys are pretty well all of them pretty good centers right and they were the good guys, the other half of the list of kings were utterly out openly and attentively and they didn't care about us sinners like Ahaz and grandma and Manasseh, like the Bible says of Manasseh, he was more wicked than all the pagan nations around the house ever refuse to repent of his unbelief instead of God. Cleaning up his family tree includes these guys. He claims the as is forefathers but you need to keep in mind here that Jesus doesn't come to praise his forefathers, he can't use the same right Alderson look forward to that sacrifice of Christ upon the three as we do this they look back faith came to save the-can't pay the penalty for their sin.
No, still more shocking than any inclusion of the king, together with was the fact that Jesus would inspire the inclusion of women into the public record of his world genealogy. They didn't have rights of these days and were considered property. So this would be highly controversial and again this is the hinting of the gospel were men and women are equal in the eyes of God in relation to their salvation. They come to Christ. Just like men sinners forgiven by the grace of God.
This would be highly controversial in fact add to the scandal of grace. All four women just so happen to be Gentiles. There were a lot of Jewish women. He could've thrown in here. But now that he is her attention.
He chooses for Gentile women is so Jewish again genealogies typically bent over backward to show their pure Jewish lineage. If there is anything murky will just forget about that second cousin or whatever.
But Jesus finally admits whatever range you already knew they already know it. Royal alignment is mixed with the blood Gentile Allred by the way, so is the church were all mixed up with a demonstration so does he choose quickly to Mars. The first one mentioned in verse three. Look there in Judah is the fountainhead of the Royal tribe, Judah, the father of Perez and Sarah by Taymor new thinking and put it.
After zero only to vegetate.
She's a blemish on the reputation of our forefather Judah found in her story unfolds in Genesis chapter 38 where she marries the son of Judah, her husband dies she marries again that husband dies she wanted child so she dresses a temple prostitute with a veil covering her face. She sits near the place where father-in-law Judah's pending she catches his eye. Nine months later she has twin spy in the first born joins the lineage of the Messiah exposes student do you really want to hear that. Let's clean the family tree up the wrench. Frankly, we were God, we would've switched tribes would think Taymor is specifically mentioned to remind his very fountainhead of this Royal Jesus needs save just like us. Every person the lineage of Jesus needed Jesus to save them. Jesus fulfilled all of the promises God made.
He has a rightful claim to the throne not only the throne of David with the throne of your heart. Today's lesson is not complete, but our time is running short. So you'll hear the conclusion to this message on tomorrow's broadcast between now and then we have a free resource for you during December.
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