• William T. Howe Ph.D.

October 2, 2021

Daily Reading: Matthew 1-4

Matthew 1:1

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

BOOM! Jesus Christ bursts on the scene and the world has never been the same! Matthew’s opening statement is reminiscent of other great beginnings of books of the Bible. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God… John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and divers manners spake in time past… Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ… Yes, Matthew’s gospel grabs the reader with a startling statement by calling Jesus the son of David the son of Abraham.

Remember, it has been almost 400 years since God had any revelation to the human race, at least none that were canonized in the Holy Scriptures. Generations must have been awaiting the coming of the Messiah, the King of the Jews. We read about it, but those alive at that time lived it. The Old Testament was closing, and the New Testament was opening. The Bible sets up the reader wonderfully as they transition from one to the other. What better way to start this new era than with the words The book of the generation of Jesus Christ. The spotlight is now on Him.

But who is He? Matthew mentions His name and title in verse 1 of the first chapter and explains who He is in verse 23. Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. He is Emmanuel, God with us. From this verse until the last verse of the Bible an understanding and acceptance of this one verse makes all the difference. Individuals either believe this verse or reject it. Isaiah believed it for he was the prophet quoted, see Isaiah 7:14.

As God with us what is His purpose? Matthew told us this also in his opening chapter. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (1:21). He is Christ (and there is only One), Emmanuel (God with us), and He is Saviour. The entire balance of the New Testament proves this and so much more about this wonderful man named Jesus. Enjoy reading the New Testament. After all it is “HisStory”.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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