The Rightful Heir
December 17, 2017
Main Theme: Jesus is God’s king who brings God’s blessing to all peoples.
I. Jesus’ Identity
- When Matthew claims that Jesus is the Christ, the son of David in v.1, he is saying Jesus fulfills all of the OT Messianic promises – he is the Davidic heir.
- Because Joseph was Jesus’ legal parent, in this genealogy Matthew intentionally shows the connection, through Joseph’s line to king David.
- Jesse was “the father of David the king (verse 6).”
- From there Matthew works forward in time to Joseph, then finally to Jesus who Matthew points out end of verse 16 “is called the Christ [that is, the Messiah, the king].”
- Application: Are you trusting in the sovereign, gracious rule of King Jesus?
II. Jesus’ Purpose
- Matthew begins his genealogy with wants to emphasize that Jesus as the Messiah King will bring divine blessing not just to Israel, but to all nations.
- In Genesis 12, God made a covenant with Abraham that through his seed, all the nations of the earth would be blessed.
- Through this genealogy, Matthew is making it unmistakably clear that through Christ Jesus God was fulfilling his covenant promises not only to David, but to Abraham as well.
- The implication is that the kingly reign of the Messiah extends beyond national and ethnic Israel to the entire world!
- This Messiah Matthew is pointing out, is going to be a blessing to the whole world.
Questions for Discussion / Application:
- How would you summarize the importance/significance of this genealogy?
- What does it mean that Jesus is King over all? What does it mean that he is my king/your king?
- Jesus is a sovereign king. He is a good king. And as our good and sovereign king we can trust Him. In what ways do you want to grow in trusting in the sovereign goodness of King Jesus?
- How does Jesus fulfill God’s promise to Abraham that through his seed, all the nations of the earth would be blessed?
- This Christmas Season, what blessings has Jesus come to bring that you are thankful for?