Today's scripture focus: Luke 3:23-28
The Genealogy of Jesus Christ
23 Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel,[a] the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er,
Ok. I admit, at first I was a little bummed that I got such "lame" verses for my week. Cause dude. Lineage. AmIrite?
My husband says he appreciates the lineage sections more now that he's begun to have a deeper understanding of the Word and it's purpose. I, am lame. I do not. I skip Numbers.
Luckily for me, and you, I looked up MacArthur's sermon, because I figured, if I'm gonna plow through these verses, at least he could help me out.
Naturally, he is spot on, and takes it to a whole level I hadn't thought of, because I'm lazy, and think genealogy is boring.
It's all about credentials. Especially to the Jews who took/take genealogy very seriously. Scripture said that the Messiah would come from the house of David. These verses are speaking directly to that. These "boring" genealogy verses are showing Jesus' human lineage, and thus, his human royal blood.
Now the ancestry of Jesus is important, as I said, because it proves that He is not merely a self-appointed Messiah, like Hugh Schonfield in The Passover Plot and all their ilk would want us to believe. He is not a misguided reformer. He is not a self-appointed Savior. He is not a would-be, want-to-be Savior of the nation Israel from their terrible stress under their Roman occupation. He is not a man caught up in a popular acclaim. He is not a sort of magician who drew crowds after Himself and developed a Messiah illusion or a Messiah complex. The genealogy goes back to David and then it goes back to Abraham and then it goes back to Adam and then it goes back to God finally. This is the culmination of all redemptive history in this person Jesus. It starts with God through Adam, through Abraham, through David and right down to Jesus Himself. He is not just a good teacher, He is not just a great man, He is not an isolated prophet, He is not an isolated preacher, this is the culmination of all the history of humanity from God, from Adam, through Abraham, through David down to Jesus. He is the culmination of human history as well as Israel's history. He is the fulfillment of God's redemptive purpose. He is the culmination of all who ever lived. He is the hope of all humanity and all humanity is inseparably and eternally connected to Him. The fate of everyone who ever lives is linked to Jesus.