Rossville Christian Church
Sunday, January 31
  • Glorious Day
  • The Old Rugged Cross
  • Intro:
    Matthew 1:1–17 NASB95
    The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez was the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram. Ram was the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon. Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David the king. David was the father of Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon was the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa. Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah. Uzziah was the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, and Amon the father of Josiah. Josiah became the father of Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. After the deportation to Babylon: Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel was the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor. Azor was the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud. Eliud was the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob. Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.
    What? I know right, what just happened there. Well, it is probably the part many of us skip in the Christmas story about the birth of Christ and that is the genealogy of Jesus. What? I know right? What is a genealogy and why do I have to read it and why is it important and why, why, why? I know right? Well, that’s what were here for today, we are going to talk about this really awkward part of the Bible that most of us skim at best and flat out skip at worst, but if we don’t take the time to really take a look we miss out on something pretty special, so let’s take a look.

    I. Why Genealogies

    A. What is a genealogy
    1. Family history
    a. important to the Jews
    b. Established certain rights or jobs
    i. Line of Aaron - Levites or priests
    2. To the Jew it meant succession
    2 Samuel 7:12–13 NASB95
    “When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
    a. usually the first born
    i. Have a greater inheritance
    b. In the case of David, claim the throne of Israel
    i. Even though they were appointed generally with the blessing of Priest
    1 Samuel 16:1 NASB95
    Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons.”
    B. Why read them
    1. Find out interesting things
    a. Watch the Bible tie itself together
    b. Look at Gen 38
    i. Kinda a quick interlude to the story of Joseph
    2. See where Jesus/people come from
    a. Jesus Heritage, written thousands of years before
    b. Seeing Jesus came from Adam, Abraham, David
    3. See the prophesy come to life
    Genesis 3:15 NASB95
    And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
    a. Jesus lineage traced all the way back to Adam
    b. Seeing the promise of Abraham come true
    Genesis 22:15–17 NASB95
    Then the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, “By Myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.
    4. Establishes Genre and historicity
    a. Big words in theology
    b. Tells us these writing are historical
    i. Genealogies signal historical writing
    ii. Why Genesis is historical
    c. Makes His Word Reliable
    Psalm 33:4 NASB95
    For the word of the Lord is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness.

    II. Two lines

    A. Joseph’s
    Slides with lineage
    1. Of David’s line (kingly)
    2. Joseph was by marriage
    a. no claim to the Throne
    b. No temptation for Joseph
    B. Mary’s
    1. Of David’s Line
    a. By blood
    b. Has a claim to the Throne
    i. As her offspring
    ii. Mary as woman would not
    2. Mother vs. Father
    a. Father
    i. For inheritance
    ii. For legal stuff
    b. Mother
    i. For long lineage
    ii. Ability to claim the throne
    C. What it means
    1. In both lines to David means legitimate
    a. Important history lesson for us
    b. Jews would not be able to doubt
    2. Prophecy would hold true
    Isaiah 9:7 NASB95
    There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
    a. Both of the line of David
    b. Traced back to the beginning
    c. Full legitimacy
    Matthew 9:27 NASB95
    As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
    Luke 1:32 NASB95
    “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;
    d. Now an eternal King on an eternal Throne
    i. Bridged the gap back to Him
    ii. Fixed what once went sideways when they asked for a king

    III. The Bigger Picture

    A. Jesus is savior to all
    1. Mixed blood lines
    a. from all races
    b. From all tribes
    2. No One can claim
    a. He is white Jesus or Black Jesus
    b. Only a Jewish Jesus
    i. Ruth, Hagar, Rahab and Bathsheba all gentiles
    Galatians 3:28 NASB95
    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    B. God used imperfect people
    1. Jesus comes from a long list of sinners
    a. Not about the people
    b. About God’s work in them
    1 Corinthians 1:27 NASB95
    but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,
    2. No one is better than the other
    Ecclesiastes 7:20 NASB95
    Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.
    a. God loves all
    b. We are all created in his image
    Genesis 1:26–27 NASB95
    Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
    c. So He brought His son in the same image
    i. have a savior who can sympathize
    Hebrews 4:15 NASB95
    For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
    ii. Genealogies prove this
    3. If God can use them He can use me
    Deuteronomy 7:7 NASB95
    “The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples,
    So, now your what, has become your whoa! That’s right, genealogies hold a ton of historical and spiritual significance. It was so important to prove the prophesy’s true, it was important to establish the claims of the disciples that Jesus was the son of David and it was so important to see that Jesus really was one of us, fully man as well as set apart as fully God. He had a beginning, he established his will and made it known to be true. Therefore, if God can establish this through men then He has surely secured our salvation. Finally this is proof positive that not only are the prophesies of God true and reliable, it means His whole Word is true and reliable and therefore, my faith is no longer blind but bound to a Truth that cannot be undone.
      • Matthew 1:1–17NIV2011

      • 2 Samuel 7:12–13NIV2011

      • 1 Samuel 16:1NIV2011

      • Genesis 3:15NIV2011

      • Genesis 22:15–17NIV2011

      • Psalm 33:4NIV2011

      • Isaiah 9:7NIV2011

      • Matthew 9:27NIV2011

      • Luke 1:32NIV2011

      • Galatians 3:28NIV2011

      • Ecclesiastes 7:20NIV2011

      • Genesis 1:26–27NIV2011

      • Hebrews 4:15NIV2011

  • No Longer Slaves
  • This I Believe (The Creed)
      • Matthew 28:19–20NLT

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