Saturday, 10 November 2012

Matthew 1

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...


Four women are mentioned in Matthew’s genealogy: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba.

Not only were they women, and not usually mentioned in genealogies, but also Gentiles. It seems that Tamar and Rahab were Canaanites, Ruth a Moabite and Bathsheba a Hittite (considered a Hittite because she married a Hittite though she was the daughter of an Israelite - 1 Chron. 3:5).

Susan said...


Matthew omits five kings in his genealogy. Ahaziah, Joash, and Amaziah (v. 8) Jehoahaz and
Jehoiachin (v.11). They were all evil kings. There are also others who were omitted from this list. It was not uncommon for Jewish writers to do this, to make it easier to remember!

Jeremiah 22:24-30 pronounces a curse on him Jehoiachin and told that none of his offspring would sit on David’s throne. But, of course, Jesus was not Joseph’s natural son and if Jesus came through Mary’s line the curse would not apply because Mary’s line did not go through Jehoiachin.

Susan said...

v.19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

Joseph considers what is the right thing to do.

He has three choices: he could expose her to public disgrace (under the law she could be stoned but this was rare at the time), he could divorce her quietly, or he could remain engaged which would require him to not enforce the Mosaic Law (Lev. 20:10).

Susan said...

v.24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

(From Constable’s commentary) "In other words, Jesus, born of Mary but not fathered by Joseph, is legitimately Son of David because Joseph son of David adopts him into his line."

Susan said...

v.25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

It was a virgin conception. Joseph ensured it was a virgin birth.

Susan said...

In this chapter Matthew shows by Jesus’ genealogy (v.2-16), his virgin birth (v.21) and his fulfilment of prophecy (v.22-23) that Jesus was the promised Messiah.

Peter said...

I stumbled across your website and am enjoying your posts. Since I studied this passage not long ago, I thought I'd share something I learned:

Since the genealogy in Luke is quite different than the one here in Matthew, many believe the Luke genealogy shows Mary's ancestry.

If this is true (and I think it is) then Jesus is related by blood to King David.

I think the gospels include both genealogies to show that both parents were related to King David--Joseph through the line of Solomon and Mary through the line of Nathan.

Susan said...

Thanks Peter for dropping by.

Yes, I also think that Luke's genealogy is Mary's.

It is interesting to note that both, Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem to register in the census which would also suggest they were both descended from King David.