In his first chapter, Matthew lists the 14 generations from Abraham to David, the 14 generations from David to the exile to Babylon, and the 14 generations from there to Jesus.
It’s a long list of names and remembering them all is not an easy task.
Ozias has a fascinating story as he became king of Judah by the young age of 16. And still we struggle to remember his name
Neither his great-great-grandson, Manasses, has a name that’s easy to remember. However, we shall not forget that they are part of something incredibly important. They are part of the bloodline of Jesus Christ.
Each of them is one out of 41 generations before Christ, who was sent to earth hundreds of years after Abraham.
While Ozias, Manasses and others may appear less memorable, do not mistake them as insignificant, for they are part of a bloodline that, consisting of 41 generations before Jesus, culminated in perfection with the birth of Jesus Christ.
Let’s remember Genesis 22:18.
Abraham was ready to scarify his son, Isaac, to God, when the angel Yahweh rushed to him. He told Abrahamnot to lay hand on his son, and blessed Abraham for demonstrating his devotion. In Genesis 22:18, the angel says: “In your seed will all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice”.
And blessed were the nations.
Fourteen generations later, David, one of the most important kings of Israel, was born.
The Story of King Solomon
David’s son was Solomon (Matthew 1:6), who built the First Temple in Jerusalem, dedicated to Yahweh.
We all know Solomon as a wise and fair king, a status often cemented by the Judgement of Solomon.
In this story, Solomon has to handle a difficult situation: Two women claim to be the mother of the same child.
In his wisdom, the king was able to identify the real mother of a child. He suggested to cut the child in half and give a part of it to each woman.
The child’s real mother rather gave up her child than have it cut in two.
Whilst being remembered as wise, even Solomon was not without fault.
In 1 Kings, chapter 11, God confronts Solomon in anger as Solomon’s heart was not fully devoted to the Lord, his God: “Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD’s command” (1 Kings, 11:10).
This goes to show one thing: We still know Solomon now, almost 3,000 years after his death, as a wise and fair person, but not even he was without sins.
And yet he is part of the bloodline of Jesus Christ, one of the 41 generations before Jesus, who unites everything.
What We Should Learn From Matthew
We may have committed sins in the early stages of our life, too.
But just like the bloodline of Jesus Christ himself, we must strive to develop.
We shall strive to become better persons, and with Jesus Christ in our hearts, we will succeed in doing so.
We have to identify and accept our mistakes.
And then we have to fix them.
Remember Galatians 3:29: “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise”.
This means that GOD blesses you too. And with his strength, you can work on your mistakes.
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