Today's study comes from the book of Matthew 1:1-25.
The Genealogy of Jesus Christ
1 The historical record of Jesus Christ, teh Sond f David, the Son of Abraham:
From Abraham to David
2 Abraham fathered Isaac, Isaac fathered Jacob, Jacob fathereed Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah fathered Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez fathered Hezron, Hezron fathered Aram,
4 Aram fathered Aminadab, Aminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fahtered, Salmon,
5 Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab, Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth, Obed fathered Jesse,
6 and Jesse fathered King David.
From David to the Babylonian Exile
Then David fathered Solomon by Uriah's wife,
7 Solomon fathered Rehoboam, Rehoboam fathered Abijah, Abijah fathered Asa,
8 Asa fathered Jehoshaphat, Jehosophat fathered Joram, Joram fathered Uzziah,
9 Uzziah, fathered Jotham, Jotham fathered Ahaz, Ahaz fathered Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah fathered Manasseh, Manasseh fathered Amon, Amon fathered Josiah,
11 and Josiah fathered Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
From the Exile to the Messiah
12 Then after the exile to Babylon Jechoniah fathered Salathiel, Salathiel fathered Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel, fathered Abiud, Abiud fathered Eliakim, Eliakim fathered Azord,
14 Azor fathered Zadok, Zadok fathered Achim, Achim fathered Eliud,
15 Eliud fathered Eleazr, Eleazar fathered Matthan, Matthan fathered Jacob,
16 and Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus who is called the Messiah.
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were 14 generations; and from David until the exile to Babylon, 14 generations; and from the exile to Bablyon until the Messiah, 14 generations. The Nativity of the Messiah
18 The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
19 So her husband Joseph, being a righteious man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly.
2o But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, don't be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit.
21 She will give birth to a son, and ou are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins."
22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
23 See, the virgin will become pregnant
and give birth to a son,
and they will name Him Immanuel,
which is translated "God with us."
24 When Joseph got up fro msleepoing, he did as the Lrod's angel had commanded him. He married her
25 but did not know her intimately until she gave birth to a son. And he named him Jesus.
We have the generations leading up to the birth of Jesus, "the Messiah." Each period we see exactly 14 generations leading up to His birth. It's good to know who's who in the Bible and where's where. There is a lot of good reading material out there for this specific area. I haven't researched on-line yet, as we have a good book on this subject, but I'm sure there is. Knowing who's who helps us to know where to go back to for breaking some generational curses. Of course when there is no one that we know of, then we go all the way back to Adam and Eve. Also, knowing who's who which is even more important, we can learn what to do and how to act, for those particular people followed Jesus' teachings.
It is easy to skip over this type of reading, who cares who had who. Well, we do need to know this; it is important to know otherwise it would not be in the Bible. When reading the Bible, just because it may seem it doesn't pertain to you, take time to read it anyhow. It is in there for a reason. God didn't set things up just because.
Mary becomes impregnated by the Holy Spirit and Joseph finds out that she is pregnant after they were engaged. He was a good man of God and didn't not want to bring shame to Mary and decided to quietly divorce her. But an angel of God came to him in a dream and told him to marry her as she was carrying the Messiah. Joseph followed the commands of God and married Mary. Jesus was born the child of Mary and Joseph.
This is a perfect example of how obeying the Lord is so important. Because of Joseph's faithfulness to God, Mary was able to give birth to Jesus in a proper manner giving Jesus an earthly father. Imagine if Joseph had divorced Mary. Perhaps the outcome would have been so different. Joseph followed God's commands and therefore we have a Messiah that saved us all from our sins.
Good things come from obeying, but wrong doings only brings hurt and disaster. Which do you want to follow?
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