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Matthew "Jesus' lineage From Abraham"

The greetings/introductions to each of the New Testament books reveal who Jesus is, His leaders are, and who the church is individually-collective, and this blog series is to help us understand how that allows God’s people to receive revelation into a deeper relational existence than they had prior to knowing this amazing map of our journey that He has given to us.

Matthew proves who Jesus is to the people who understand the meanings and importance of names and lineage, and he also shows how their character is at least questionable upon further investigation. Jesus’ lineage includes marriages based on adultery (David and Bathsheba), a person born from incest (Asa), a man born of a Moabitess (Obed from Ruth) and Moabites are all of incestuous descent, and many more challenging things to understand how this lineage is honorable, but God is actually allowing His people to know that these things are common in almost everyone’s heritage and it neither disqualifies Jesus from being who He or His people from being who they are.

The following is the introductory section of the Gospel According to Matthew and the meaning of the names follow.

1The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; 3And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; 4And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; 5And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; 6And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; 7And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; 8And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; 9And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; 10And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; 11And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

12And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; 13And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; 14And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; 15And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; 16And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

17So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

Matthew recalls Jesus’ genealogy from Abraham; which reveals His Jewish heritage and starts proving that He is the Messiah. The Jews understood the importance of names and today we will look at what the forty-two generations’ names reveal about Jesus the Christ.

1 Abraham

Father of many

2 Isaac

He (God) laughs

3 Jacob

One who takes the place or replaces

4 Judas


5 Phares

Breaking out

6 Esrom


7 Aram

High; exalted

8 Aminadab

My people are generous

9 Naasson

Small viper

10 Salmon

Little spark

11 Booz

In him is strength

12 Obed

Servant or worshipper

13 Jesse


14 David

Beloved one

15 Solomon

Peace, well being

16 Roboam

My people will enlarge, expand

17 Abia

My father is Yahweh

18 Asa


19 Josaphat

Yahweh has judged

20 Joram

Yahweh exalts

21 Ozias

Yahweh is my strength

22 Joatham

Yahweh will complete

23 Achaz

He has grasped

24 Ezekias

God strengthens

25 Manasses

One that makes to forget

26 Amon


27 Josias

Let or may Yahweh give

28 Jechonias

Yahweh supports

29 Salathiel

I have asked of God

30 Zorobabel

Offspring of Babylon

31 Abiud

My father has majesty

32 Eliakim

God establishes

33 Azor

A helper, a court

34 Sadoc

Righteous one

35 Achim

Yahweh is my brother

36 Eliud

God is my grandeur

37 Eleazar

God is help

38 Matthan

To tear or torn

39 Jacob

One who takes the place or replaces

40 Joseph

He will add

41 Jesus

Yahweh saves

Tomorrow’s blog is Mark’s introduction which states, “Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”


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