On Sunday, April 23, Pastor Beau Floyd of Emmaus Road Church in Idaho Falls introduced to the church family a new study in the book of Matthew. My intent is to join Pastor Beau in sharing this good news all over the city over the upcoming months with the desire for making disciples of Jesus Christ. For is this not the command given to us by King Jesus in Matthew 28? Walk with us in this journey of repentance and grace.
In reading the opening seventeen verses of Matthew 1, I am convinced that Jesus is the long awaited Messianic King. I am also persuaded that no matter how big the scandals and black the stains, Jesus is able to triumph in any family. There is great grace displayed in our genealogies.
My questions related to the text . . .
Observation (questions for your head)
- List the names of the women that you see in this genealogy.
- Who is the “wife of Uriah”?
- Name the good, the bad, and the ugly among the Jewish kings.
Interpretation (questions for your head and heart)
- What is the significance of “the son of David, the son of Abraham”?
- What is the reason for listing “Zerah by Tamar”?
- Was there hope given in the Jewish deportation?
- What you do say about the genealogy gaps in the text?
- Numerology is important in Jewish belief. What does the sequence of “fourteen generations” teach?
- “The Christ” is a title for what?
- How does this genealogy prove that Jesus is the rightful Messiah?
Application (questions for your heart and hands)
- Are you able to trace the providence of God in your family genealogy?
- How you wondered if anything good can come from the messes in your family?
- Have you given up on your family?
- When other families are in the midst of sinful struggles, do you give gospel hope or judge?