2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9 Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12 After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
15 Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.
Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
When I first went through the Bible, this chapter bored me to no end. Who on earth would like to read through all those names when you personally never met them? Until I received a book with my own family genealogy from my Grandma Jordal. I happened to have had the Bible opened up to Matthew 1 when I began going through the pages of my Grandma's careful documentation of our family. She even had my half-brothers in this family book, even though they were not her family, but they were mine, and I was her family. All of a sudden, I realized, that the genealogy of Jesus Christ was my family and as I went through the names in the Bible again leading to Jesus, I began recognizing their names and associating them with the stories I read about them in the Bible and realized that they were my family too, tied in through the blood of Jesus Christ. Wow!!!
I also loved that when most biblical historians did not mention women in historical genealogy, during that time, the woman are shown in this passage. Of course, I love this, because it shows the importance of the role of all genders to Christ.
By the time I got to verse 17 I, like probably many, began to realize that there was also in among all those names was also a perfect timeline. Fourteen Generations, Fourteen Generations and Fourteen Generations and then came Jesus. God has a perfect plan already laid out on a perfect timeline. We tend to try to decode the meaning of this timeline, because it's very interesting, but regardless, isn't it cool that we are in that timeline as well for the next coming of Jesus!
Now my interest is peaked.
Now in Verse 18 we get to be involved and witness through the testimony of those that were there, the birth of your and my Savior! Jesus Christ. Now just like those in the Bible, perhaps some of us have accepted Him as Savior, perhaps some have not, and perhaps some still want to kill him. Maybe you're somewhere in between and maybe you will get where you need to be by choice. But as far as God goes, I love that also in this we can revert back to the very beginning of Genesis 3:14-19 to see God's plan come to pass with the birth of the Messiah. The one who comes to save. Again, His perfect plan.