Devotional – Matthew 1

1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

In this first verse of the book of Matthew we have before us the two foundational personalities of whom Jesus Christ was a descendent. These two, Abraham and David, point to Christ in no greater way than any other two in all the Old Testament. Abraham of course was the father of the nation Israel, but more importantly he was given a promise, a promise of a blessing that would bless the nations. He never saw the fulfilment of that promise, but it was fulfilled in the coming of Jesus Christ and the revealing of the gospel which is now being proclaimed to all tribes, tongues, peoples and nations. David was the second king of Israel. He was Israel’s greatest king and he foreshadowed the King who was to come and rule the nations. David was also given a promise that one day one of his sons would sit on his throne forever. Jesus is that Son and his day will come when he will return to rule the nations with an iron rod. From these two Matthew fills in for us the descendants of Abraham who lead to David and from David to Jesus. So then this genealogy is a wonderful testament to the fact that God fulfills his promises and he is still fulfilling those promises in Jesus Christ. He is the promised seed to come who will bring blessings, we have received those blessings in the person of Christ because through him we have received the gift of God himself. God is faithful, he’s faithful to fulfill all that he said he would do. What does that mean for us? It means when God says he will forgive our sins when we repent we can be assured that our sins are forgiven. When God says that those who place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation, that he will indeed save you. When God promises that good can come from the suffering in your life, then we can be confident that our present suffering is just for a little while and his purpose is our good. These are the promises we can be confident in. These are the promises we can trust, because God has already proven himself in fulfilling the promises he made to Abraham and David. Trust in him and hope in his promises.

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