This Week at Calvary!
This Week's Readings
- 1 Kings 19-21; 2 Chron. 10-17; Psalm 129; Matthew 1
- 1 Kings 22; 2 Chron. 18; Matthew 2
- 2 Chron. 19-20; 2 Kings 1; Psalm 20; Matthew 3
- 2 Kings 2-3; Psalm 48; Matthew 4
- 2 Kings 4-6; Matthew 5
This Week's Blog!
Matthew 1: The Silence Broken
By Kenny Grant
In the canon of Scripture, Matthew 1:1 literally breaks 400 years of stony silence. It’s as if God had nothing to say until Matthew 1:1 is written. It’s interesting to me that the very last word in the Old Testament is the word "curse" in the KJV or "destruction" in the ESV. The New Testament, in contrast, opens with the account or record of Jesus Christ. The truth is that the last prophecy in the books of the Old Testament is one about "The Sun of Righteousness" who rises with healing in His wings. This is none other than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In verse 5 of chapter 4 of Malachi, it was prophesied that Elijah would come. At least in “type”, this was John the Baptist (see Mt. 11:12-15). John the Baptist would be the one who would “go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" (Lk. 1:17).
Jesus is presented as the King of the Jews in the book of Matthew. The following is a suggested outline for following this book.
- The Revelation of the King, 1-10
- The Rebellion against the King, 11-13
- The Retirement of the King, 14-20
- The Rejection of the King, 21-27
- Resurrection of the King, 28
Chapter 1 of Matthew begins with His genealogy. It is by no means a complete one, but a representative one. The genealogy is given in three 14 name sections. It starts with Abraham and goes to Jesse, and then it moves from David down to the Babylonian captivity. It continues on from the captivity on to Christ.
It has long been my opinion that it is not so much the people in the genealogy who are on display as much as it is the grace of God on display. Look anywhere in that long list of names and you’ll see the obviously imperfect, and highly unlikely. There are embarrassing stories that could be told about any and every person on the list. Christ being the lone exception. Of particular interest to me, are the four gentile women who are in the family tree. Thamar, whose story can be read in Gen. 38. Rahab, whose story is told in Josh. 2 and 6. Ruth’s story is found in the book of Ruth. Then there’s Bathsheba, whose name is not mentioned, but she is obviously Uriah’s wife of whom Solomon was born. Her story is found in 2 Sam 11.
All of the women were, as it is stated in Eph. 2:12-13, without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus, they were made nigh! Their story is our story. Praise God for Jesus Christ, the King of the Jew, and our great Savior! Hallelujah, what a Savior!