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The Family
Bible Passage Matthew 1:1-17
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books 2 Samuel, Genesis, Jeremiah, Joshua, Luke, Matthew.

The Family

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached December 31, 2022

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

2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judah and his brethren;

3 And Judah begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;

4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;

5 And Salmon begat Boaz of Rachab; and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of the one who had been wife of Uriah;

7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;

8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;

9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;

10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;

11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren at the time of the carrying away to Babylon.

12 And after the captivity in Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;

13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;

14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;

15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, from whom was born Jesus, Who is called the Christ.

17 So then, all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the carrying away to Babylon to the Christ, fourteen generations.


The genealogy of Jesus is found only in Matthew and Luke. The genealogies show how the birth of Jesus fulfilled the promises made to Abraham (Gen 12:2-3; 22:18). Matthew, writing for the Jews, begins his genealogy with Abraham, father of the Jewish race (Matt 1:1-2a). Luke, writing for non-Jews, traces Jesus’ genealogy back past Abraham to Adam, to emphasize Jesus’ union with the whole human race (Luke 3:34b-38).

Between Abraham and David, the two genealogies are the same (Matt 1:2b-6a; Luke 3:32-34a), but between David and Jesus, they are different, as they follow two lines of descent that started with David and came together in Jesus (Matt 1:6b-16; Luke 3:23-31).

Matthew’s genealogy shows that Jesus had the legal right to the throne of David, for He was in the royal line of descent that came through Solomon and other kings of Judah down to Joseph. Jesus fulfilled the promise that the Messiah would be one of David’s royal descendants (2 Sam 7:12-16; Jer 23:5).

But both writers point out that though Joseph was Jesus’ legal father he was not his natural father (Matt 1:16; Luke 3:23 ).

The genealogies do not necessarily list every person in the line of descent. As is often the case, they may be selective and stylized, to make them fit a simple scheme. Matthew, for example, omits some names to produce an arrangement of three sets of fourteen (Matt 1:17). This made it easy to remember.

The first section reminds people of their history up to king David. He was Israel’s best king. The second section records later kings when the people did not obey God. Then they went as prisoners to Babylon. The third section ends with Jesus Christ. He rescued people from the effect of all that they do wrong.
So from Abraham to David 1️⃣, to the time of the Babylonian exile 2️⃣, and to the birth of Jesus 3️⃣.

It is important that there are four women on the list. It was not usual to put the names of women on a family list. But Jesus showed that women are important to God also. Tamar (verse 3), Rahab (verse 5), Ruth (verse 5), and Uriah’s wife, whose name was Bathsheba, (verse 6) were not even Jews. The good things that Jesus brought are for everyone. They are for Jews and for everyone else as well.

Three of these four women were guilty of bad behavior. Tamar had sex with her father-in-law (Genesis 38). This was the only way that she could have a son. This son would continue his father’s family name. Judah had broken the law. He should have arranged for Tamar to marry one of his other sons. Judah says that Tamar is right (Genesis 38:26). Rahab sold herself for sex in the town called Jericho (Joshua 2:1-7). Bathsheba had sex with David before she became his wife (2 Samuel chapters 11 and 12).

God can use people in His plans, even if they have done wrong things. Perhaps Matthew included these women to remind us about that. Jesus came to rescue people who have done bad things (Matthew 9:13).

🔷 Jesus Christ is God’s Son sent to people; sent to you too. You must believe Him

🔷 Christ came simply because of sinners like you

🔷 Women are part of God’s plan and they should never be pushed away

💥 Thank God for His provision throughout the year
💥 Pray that God will bless and sustain your family in 2023

Family ties are important and we need to be associated with our own families, more importantly, the family of God. Everyone in the family is essential and must as such be seen as God’s chosen ones.

In series Bright Morning Reflections