Three Fascinating Women In The Genealogy Of Jesus by J. Gerald Harris

Three Fascinating Women In The Genealogy Of Jesus
Gerald Harris
Matthew 1:1-6

One of the great purposes of the Old Testament is to give us the family of Jesus. In fact, if you will look carefully you will discover that immediately after the fall of Adam the Bible record begins to move directly toward the end at Bethlehem and the Bethlehem stable.

The New Testament uses the Old Testament as a resource and opens with the genealogy of Christ: "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham." This is an unusual expression, "The book of the generation."

Go through the remainder of the New Testament and you will not find it anywhere else. Only in one other place in the entire Bible will you find it - in Genesis 5 where we read of "the book of the generations of Adam."
There are two books of generations. The Old Testament begins with the book of the generations of the world. The New Testament begins with the book of the generation of Him that made the world. One is the "book of the generations of Adam," and "in Adam all die." The Bible says, "By man came death," and the book of Adam is the book of death. You and I have our names in that book, but, thank God, there is another book. It is the Lamb's book of life. You and I get in that book just as we got in the first book, by birth. That's what our Lord meant when He talked with a religious man by the name of Nicodemus and said, "Ye must be born again." So, the New Testament opens on that note.

So often people ask, "Well, why does the genealogy give Joseph as the father of Jesus? Doesn't that discredit the virgin birth?"

Listen, this genealogy does not say that Jesus was the son of Joseph. Look in Matthew 1:16 (read). The changed expression here is important. It is no longer "who begat," but "the husband of Mary, of whom (feminine singular) was born Jesus."

Jesus was not begotten of natural generation; He was begotten of God. "God so loved the world tha ...

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