1. Have you ever watched the last movie in a series and been completely lost? A. If you have ever seen the Harry Potter films out of order, you know this feeling.
B. When this happens, the story is disconnected and makes no sense.
C. The various allusions to prequels are also muddled.
2. When it comes to the Bible, the same thing happens. A. Try reading it backwards and see if it makes sense. B. Unfortunately, though, people often read what they like and discard the rest.
C. We must understand that the Bible is a unified story, and without understanding the different connections it makes, none of it will make sense.
3. In Matthew’s gospel, the author is well aware of this fact. A. He aims to show his audience that Jesus completely fulfills the …show more content…
They linked people to their ancestors (1 Chr. 1-8). 2. Matthew presents Jesus’ genealogy in a unique way. a. He mentions David and Abraham first. b. Jesus’ connection to David would remind a Jewish reader of the kingship promised made to Judah and David (Gen. 49:10; 2 Sam. 7:12-16). c. Jesus’ connection to Abraham would remind a Jewish reader of the seed promise (Gen. 12:1-3; 22:16-18). d. He also presents Jesus as a historical figure whose line continued from Abraham, to captivity, and back to Judah. 3. This genealogy shows Jesus is the fulfillment of the promise made to both David and Abraham. C. Second, he references common Messianic passages from the Old Testament (Matt. 1:22-23; 2:5-6; 8:14-17). 1. The first one he uses is the virgin birth promise (Matt. 1:22-23). a. This is a quotation from Isaiah (Is. 7:14). b. It refers to a sign given to king Ahaz of Judah.
c. It is intended to be a sign that Syria’s kings would forsake their land (the place Ahaz dreaded).
d. Matthew, however, he connects Jesus to this promise.
e. This is called a double fulfillment prophecy, meaning it had a local fulfillment in Isaiah’s time and a future fulfillment in