Matthew 1: Who are you going to trust?

October 1st, 2006

Joseph decided to trust Mary, when most men wouldn’t have. It is necessary to learn to trust others if you want to live life fully. If you don’t trust a rollercoaster, you will never experience the thrill of a ride. Even atheists trust that life began by random chance, even though currently available “scientific” explanations are infinitessimally unlikely. Are you prepared to trust that God might exist, or at least keep an open mind as we work through the New Testament?

Matthew’s Account of the Good News — Chapter 1

1:1 A record of the family tree of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham. 1:2 Abraham was the father of Isaac; Isaac was the father of Jacob; and Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers. 1:3 Judah was the father and Tamar was the mother of Perez and Zerah. Perez was the father of Hezron, who was the father of Ram, who was the father of Amminadab. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon, who was the father of Salmon. Salmon was the father and Rahab was the mother of Boaz. Boaz was the father and Ruth was the mother of Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse, 1:6 who was the father of King David. David was the father and Uriah’s former wife was the mother of Solomon. 1:7 Solomon was the father of Rehoboam, the father of Abijah, the father of Asa. 1:8 Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat, the father of Joram, the father of Uzziah. 1:9 Uzziah was the father of Jotham, who was the father of Ahaz, who was the father of Hezekiah. 1:10 Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh, the father of Amon, the father of Josiah. 1:11 Josiah was the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the exile to Babylon. 1:12 After the exile to Babylon, Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, who was the father of Zerubbabel, 1:13 the father of Abiud. Abiud was the father of Eliakim, the father of Azor, 1:14 the father of Zadok. Zadok was the father of Achim, the father of Eliud, 1:15 the father of Eleazar. Eleazar was the father of Matthan, who was the father of Jacob, 1:16 who was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus, who is called Christ. 1:17 So there were 14 generations in all from Abraham to David; there were 14 generations from David to the exile to Babylon; and there were fourteen generations from the exile to the Christ.

1:18 The birth of Jesus Christ happened like this: Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, but before they could get married she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 1:19 Joseph her husband was a fair man and didn’t want to expose her to public humiliation, so he decided to divorce her secretly. 1:20 He was still turning these thoughts over in his mind when an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to go ahead and marry Mary, because the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

1:22 All this has happened to fulfil what the Lord had predicted through the prophet: 1:23 “The virgin will become pregnant and then give birth to a son. They will call him Emmanuel,” which can be translated as “God with us”.

1:24 After waking up Joseph obeyed the Lord’s angel’s command, and he went ahead with the marriage, 1:25 but they held off on having sex until she had given birth. It was a son, and he named him Jesus.

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