DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY DECEMBER 14, 2020

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY DECEMBER 14, 2020

Matthew 1:1 (TPT)   This is the scroll of the lineage and birth of Jesus,  the Anointed One,  the son of David and descendant of Abraham. 

The genealogies of scripture are important because they help confirm the historical reliability of the Bible.  Most importantly,  the genealogies prove Biblical prophecies:  Jesus would be a Jew from the tribe of Judah and a descendant of both Abraham and David,  as Scripture predicted.  “The genealogy given by Matthew presents the legal claim of Jesus to be King through the lineage of David from Joseph all the way back to the promises given to Abraham” (TPT).  Luke’s genealogy goes through David to Mary via Nathan,  not Solomon (making a turn at Joconiah  “thus bypassing the curse of Jeconiah’s lineage”).  All this to say that Jesus is the Son of God paternally,  and the Son of David maternally through Heli,  Mary’s father.  (“Some believe Luke’s account gives the genealogy of Jesus from Mary’s lineage through David all the way back to Adam”  TPT).  From the beginning,  God said that the coming Savior would be the  “seed of the woman” (Gen. 3:15;  Gal. 4:40).  Identity is important,  especially when it comes to identifying the Messiah.  Jesus had credentials!  The tragedy:  “He entered into the very world He created,  yet the world was unaware.  He came to the very people He created—to those who should have recognized Him,  but they did not receive Him” (John 1:10-11).  The good news:  “But those who embraced Him and took hold of His name were given authority to become the children of God!” (John 1:12).  Embrace Him. 

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