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The Ancestry of Our King

December 2, 2018

 

The Ancestry of our King

 

John 1:1-3 says

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.

 

Matthew 1:1-17

 

1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4 and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7 and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, 8 and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9 and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10 and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

12 And after the deportation to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

 

There was confirmation in the the ancestry of Jesus (v1)

1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

 

There was controversy in the the ancestry of Jesus (v3-6)

3and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4 and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah,

 

SO WHAT?!

 

Matthew 1:21

21She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."

 

 

 

LifeGroup Notes: -

LIFEGROUP NOTES Week 1 - The Ancestry of our King

Today’s study will be a little bit different than our usual studies. I want to share it with you in hopes that it will have the same impact on you as it did on me. In college, the man who was discipling me shared this during one of our one-on-one sessions. His purpose for sharing it with me then was to teach me never to overlook a passage and the importance of exhaustive bible study. There are some passages, like genealogies, that we tend to breeze through or overlook altogether. My purpose for sharing it now is that I want to make you aware that the bible is astoundingly consistent in one message--The Gospel and in our case today--the Christmas story! I have decided to make tonight’s study into a puzzle! (The following resources were used in the creation of tonight’s study: HBN: Hitchcock Bible Names, HBD: Holman Bible Dictionary, EBD: Easton's Bible Dictionary)

 

1.As a group we are going to look at one of the earliest presentations of the Gospel and one of the earli- est allusions to the Christmas story in scripture. Turn to and read Gen. 5:3-29.

It is ok to be confused, this is part of the exercise. Let’s focus on just a few of the verses in this passage: v3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 25, 28-29. They are below:

 

 

 

Below, is the legend for your puzzle. Replace the name with the definition from the table above.

1.‘Adam’ was ‘Seth’ ‘Enos’ which he ‘Cainan’ through sin. BUT ‘Mahalalel’ and ‘Jared’ ‘Enoch’ ‘Methuse- lah’ to the ‘Lamech’ for ‘Noah’.
2.___________ was ___________ ____________ which he ___________ through sin. BUT _____________ and ___________ ______________ _______________ to the _________________ for ________________.

As a group, share what you each of you came up with. Depending on how you worded your sentence, your statement should look something like this:

Man was appointed mortality which he purchased through sin. BUT God shined forth and came down dedicating his death to send to the poor and lowly for rest and comfort.

3.Discuss this exercise as a group. What does it make you think about scripture? About studying

4.What can you learn from the fact that the Gospel and the coming of Christ are proclaimed this early in scripture?
Impact Statement:
Who would have ever thought that this passage that most people skim through at best but usually skip altogether, would contain such a potent and direct narrative about sin, salvation, and Christ’s entrance into the world.

 

 

 

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