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Charles Box's Commentaries on Selected Books of the Bible

Matthew 1

 

 

Introduction

The Coming Of The Messiah
- Matthew One -

The saddest chapter in the Bible is Genesis 3. It is sad because it is the story of sin entering into the world. Satan used the sneaky snake to deceive the woman. He asked her if there was any tree in the garden from which they could not eat the fruit. She explained that God had said, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:17)

Eve explained to Satan that God had said, "Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." Satan told her that she would not die but God was just keeping wisdom from her. She was told that if she ate the fruit she would "know the difference between right and wrong, just as God does." "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." (Genesis 3:6)

Sin had now entered the world and man will quickly understand that sin always ends in misery. "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned." (Romans 5:12) Because of sin all men stand in need of the Savior.

The story of the Bible can be seen in three simple statements: (1) The Savior is coming, (2) The Savior has come, and (3) The Savior is coming again as judge.

Matthew chapter one provides inspired information about the background and birth of the Messiah. Matthew gives the legal genealogy of Jesus. He does not provide Jesus" blood lineage through Mary, but His legal lineage through Joseph. In the gospel of Luke we are able to trace the blood lineage of Jesus through Mary. Jesus was the fulfillment of prophecy and the realizing of the hope of Israel.


Verses 1-11

The background of the Messiah - Matthew 1:1-11 : The genealogy of Jesus connects him with God and man, Jew and Gentile, rich and poor, and men and women. It is of interest that four women are named in the lineage of Jesus, Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba mentioned by implication in Matthew 1:6. Jesus Christ is connected with everyone. "We trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men." (1 Timothy 4:10) Jesus" coming fulfilled God"s promises made to Abraham found in Genesis chapter twelve. His coming to the earth is unique in that He is the only person ever born having to do with forgiveness of man"s sins. "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor: that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man." (Hebrews 2:9.) The first seventeen verses of Matthew one are not just dead and dry words. They provide a beautiful link to bring heaven and earth together. Read the genealogy of Jesus and rejoice. "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11)


Verses 12-17

More about the ancestors of Jesus - Matthew 1:12-17 : There were fourteen generations from Abraham to David. There were also fourteen generations from David to the exile in Babylon. There were fourteen generations from the exile in Babylon to the birth of the Messiah. The purpose of the genealogy is to prove that Jesus is of the nation and family from which the Messiah was to come. The genealogy is designed to prove that Jesus is the son of David (2 Samuel 7:12), and the son of Abraham. (Genesis 12:3) If Jesus was not a son of David, and a son of Abraham, He could not be the Messiah. Some of the names in the genealogy are difficult to pronounce but the message is clear and easy to be understood. The Lord of glory came to earth as a descendant of these certain people to rescue the human race from sin!


Verses 18-21

The birth of the Messiah - Matthew 1:18-21 : "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." (Galatians 4:4-5) Christ was born in fulfillment of prophecy. "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14) Jesus was born to save us from our sins. "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21) The good news of Jesus is that he is "able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them." (Hebrews 7:25) Salvation is only in the name of Jesus. "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)


Verses 22-25

His name was called Jesus - Matthew 1:22-25 : The conception of Jesus took place in an extraordinary manner. While Mary was a virgin, still untouched by any man, she conceived a child by the Holy Ghost. The prophet had predicted that a virgin would have a son and now the thing was done. The child of the virgin was "Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." Jesus, who is the Word, was made flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:14) Immediately upon receiving this revelation from God about Mary and her child Joseph did as the angel said. He "did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, speedily, without delay, and cheerfully, without dispute." The message had been, "Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." Now Joseph publicly married to Mary! Joseph "knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS." Joseph was a just man, simple in heart and obedient to the Lord.

Jesus was the first born son of Mary and He was the first and only begotten Son of God. His birth was a fulfillment of Psalms 2:7. "I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee." Mary brought forth the Savior of the world because God wants all men to be saved. Luke 19:10 says, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."

The birth of Jesus proves God"s desire for your salvation. Because Jesus came to earth we can go to heaven. However, man must understand that without Jesus there is no hope. You can be saved through Jesus when you hear the gospel (Romans 10:17), believe in Jesus (John 8:24), repent of sins (Luke 13:3), confess Christ as Lord (Acts 8:37) and are baptized. "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38) After baptism live for Jesus who died for you. "Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life." (Revelation 2:10)

 


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Bibliography Information
Box, Charles. "Commentary on Matthew 1:4". "Charles Box's Commentaries on Selected books of the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/box/matthew-1.html. 2014.


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Thursday, September 21st, 2017
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
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