Christian Community Church Arklow would like to invite you to read the New Testament with us in one year.
So, starting today we are publishing the first installment which is Matthew 1. Pastor Solomon will also be providing insight into each days reading with a Summary, Life Application and a Personal Declaration. (to make the days reading relevant!)
We trust that you will be blessed by reading the New Testament with us in a year!
This reading outlined the genealogy and birth of Jesus. I am fascinated by the some of the people in the family line of Jesus. People like Jacob, the man who his tricked his brother into selling his birthright, Rahab, the prostitute from Jericho. Ruth, the widow from Moab a heathen nation. King David the man who killed another man to take his wife. Most of us always keep the good side out especially when it comes to our families. But God is a God of integrity. He wants us to see that the Jesus the saviour of the Word came from a dysfunctional family lineage yet God chose to use and work through the family. In addition the birth of Jesus was not conventional, it’s complicated. How do you tell your friend that for fiancé is pregnant but the baby is not yours? How did the family of Mary handle the pressure that came with having a daughter that got pregnant outside wedlock and she claimed that the Holy Spirit impregnated her? Apparently Jesus would have grown up in the community where everybody believes that something didn’t quite add up about his birth. But God still chose Him to be the Saviour of the world.
We that are in Christ are in his lineage and though we may still have some dysfunctions in our lives and families God is still has a plan for our live, and God’s plan and purpose for our lives will overshadow our dysfunctions and make a message out of our mess, a testimony out of our test. While you cannot do anything about your past, God is willing to help you make the best of your future if you will allow him.
I am a new creation in Christ old things have passed away and all things have become new. I will co-operate with God to make a fresh start.
Matthew 1 Reading – The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah
1 This is the genealogy[a] of Jesus the Messiah[b] the son of David, the son of Abraham:
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[c] 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 Son
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[d]: 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[e]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,[f] 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”[g] (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.
- Matthew 1:1 Or is an account of the origin
- Matthew 1:1 Or Jesus Christ. Messiah (Hebrew) and Christ (Greek) both mean Anointed One; also in verse 18.
- Matthew 1:11 That is, Jehoiachin; also in verse 12
- Matthew 1:18 Or The origin of Jesus the Messiah was like this
- Matthew 1:19 Or was a righteous man and
- Matthew 1:21 Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves.
- Matthew 1:23 Isaiah 7:14
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.