The Genealogy of Jesus
Parallel verses: Luke 3:23-38.
1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?
Summary of reading
This section focuses on Jesus’ ancestors. The main reading is Jesus’ lineage through his father Joseph. The parallel passage is very different, first of all because it traces Jesus’ lineage through his mother Mary. But there are other differences. Luke goes all the way back to Adam, while Matthew starts at Abraham. But even considering just Abraham onward, Luke has many more generations listed, suggesting that Matthew intentionally skipped some. We also see that in Matthew, the lineage is traced through the kings.
Reading a listing of ancestors can be totally boring, but what I found most interesting is that Matthew went out of his way to include four notable women in Jesus’ lineage, of which two were not Jewish, and the circumstances for three of them were exceptional for the things in their lives that represent blatant sin that many people would think would be kept omitted because it could be seen as embarrassing.
Devotions based on reading
Matthew 1:3-6 (Finding the Unexpected in Jesus’ Ancestry).