GENEALOGY OF JESUS/ यीशु की उदारता/yeeshu kee udaarata


MATTHEW 1:23


BOTH MATHEW AND LUKE PROVIDE GENEALOGIES OF JESUS(MATHEW 1:1-17;LUKE 3:23-38).THE TWO GENEALOGIES DIFFER FROM DAVID TO JOSEPH,JESUS’LEGAL FATHER.MATHEW FOLLOWS THE LINE OF DAVI’S SON SOLOMON,WHILE LUKE FOLLOWS THE LINE OF NATHAN,ANOTHER OF DAVID,S SONS.ONE POSSIBLE EXPLANATION IS THAT MATHEW RECORDS JOSEPH’S GENEALOGY WHILE LUKE RECORDS MARY’S (SEE NOTE LUKE 3:23)

GENEALOGIES WERE KEPT QUITE ACCURATELY IN JUDAISM,AS JOSEPHUS CONFIRMS. GENEALOGIES WERE IMPORTANT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND IN JUDAISM BECAUSE LAND RIGHTS WERE APPORTIONED TO FAMILIES IN ISRAEL AND BECAUSE CERTAIN OFFICES SUCH AS PRIEST AND KING,WERE INHERITED FROM FATHER TO SO.GENEALOGIES SOMETIMES RAN A RECORD FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT TO ILLUSTRATE RELIGIOUS THEMES,FAMILY DESCENT,OR POLITICAL TIES,AS WELL AS SIMPLE CHRONOLOGY(1 CHR 1-9).MOST SUCH LISTS WERE REPRESENTATIVE RATHER THAN A COMPLETE LIST OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL.

THE PURPOSE OF MATHEW’S GENEALOGY,UNLIKE LUKE’S(LUKE 3:23-38),IS TO SHOW JESUS’HERITAGE AS RUNNING FROM ABRAHAM THROUGH DAVID.JESUS’ GENEALOGY CONFIRMS HIM AS A LEGITIMATE HEIR TO THE THRONE OF DAVID .WHILE JESUS’ GENEALOGY IN MATHEW GOES BACK TO ABRAHAM,THE FATHER OF JEWISH RACE,THE GENEALOGY IN THE LUKE GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO ADAM.THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH LUKE’S EMPHASIS ON JESUS AS THE SAVIOR FOR ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE.

THE UNUSUAL MENTION OF WOMEN WITH STAINED REPUTATIONS (TAMAR,REHAB,RUTH,AND BATHSHEBA),SEVERAL OF THEM GENTILES,IS NOTEWORTHY IN MATHEW’S GENEALOGY.THEIR MENTION HERE EMPHASIZES GOD’S GRACIOUS ACTS OF REDEEMING EVEN THOSE DEEMED UNWORTHY BY OTHERS.

JESUS’ GENEALOGY DOES NOT PROVE THAT JESUS IS THE MESSIAH,BUT IT DOES NOT MAKE HIM A POSSIBLE CANDIDATE.HIS IDENTITY AS THE MESSIAH BECOMES EVDENT IN THE OTHER WAYS(MATHEW 11:2-6)GOD HAD PROVIDENTIALLY GUIDE THE COURSE OF HISTORY TO ITS CLIMAX IN JESUS CHRIST .JESUS IS PRESENTED AS THE ANTICIPATED MESSIAH OF THE OLD TESTAMENT,THE SAVIOR OF HIS PEOPLE,AND THE KING DESCENDED FROM DAVID ASSUMING HIS THRONE(2 SAM 7:16).HE IS HEIR TO ABRAHAM AND ULTIMATELY FULFILLS GOD’S PROMISES TO ABRAHAM (GEN 12:1-3


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