THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Geneology- The 42nd Generation Continued:
Ch. 1-2: “The book of the Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham”
(Mat 1:1) The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
(Mat 1:2) Abraham fathered Isaac, and Isaac fathered Jacob, and Jacob fathered Judah and his brothers.
(Mat 1:3) And Judah fathered Pharez and Zarah of Tamar. And Pharez fathered Hezron, and Hezron fathered Ram,
(Mat 1:4) and Ram fathered Amminadab, and Amminadab fathered Nahshon, and Nahshon fathered Salmon.
(Mat 1:5) And Salmon fathered Boaz of Rahab, and Boaz fathered Obed of Ruth, and Obed fathered Jesse,
(Mat 1:6) and Jesse fathered David the king. And David the king fathered Solomon of her who had been wife of Uriah.
(Mat 1:7) And Solomon fathered Rehoboam, and Rehoboam fathered Abijah, and Abijah fathered Asa.
(Mat 1:8) And Asa fathered Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat fathered Jehoram, and Jehoram fathered Uzziah.
(Mat 1:9) And Uzziah fathered Jotham, and Jotham fathered Ahaz, and Ahaz fathered Hezekiah.
(Mat 1:10) And Hezekiah fathered Manasseh, and Manasseh fathered Amon, and Amon fathered Josiah.
(Mat 1:11) And Josiah fathered Jehoiachin and his brothers, at the time they were carried away to Babylon.
(Mat 1:12) And after the carrying away to Babylon, Jehoiachin fathered Shealtiel, and Shealtiel fathered Zerubbabel.
(Mat 1:13) And Zerubbabel fathered Abiud, and Abiud fathered Eliakim, and Eliakim fathered Azor.
(Mat 1:14) And Azor fathered Sadoc, and Sadoc fathered Achim, and Achim fathered Eliud.
(Mat 1:15) And Eliud fathered Eleazar, and Eleazar fathered Matthan, and Matthan fathered Jacob.
(Mat 1:16) And Jacob fathered Joseph, the husband to be of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Christ.
(Mat 1:17) So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations. And from David until the carrying away into Babylon, fourteen generations. And from the carrying away into Babylon until Christ, fourteen generations.
C.According to Matthew in the 17th verse, the total generations (14+14+14) would be 42. But when we count the generations down through Jesus, there are only 41! As we read the first sixteen verses of the book of Matthew, we find that David was the 14th generation, from David to the Babylonian captivity made Jeconias the 28th generation and from Jeconias to Joseph (husband of Mary) was another 12 generations making Joseph the 40th generation. This makes Jesus, according to the generations of law, the 41st generation so where is the 42nd generation? There seems to be a missing generation, or is there? Note that the scripture says UNTO CHRIST! The answer is that there is only to be one generation since Jesus, and it is a nation of sons that have been coming forth since the resurrection of Christ! They are the CHRIST generation, those who are born of the Spirit of the Living God.
D.It is an eternal generation born of the Holy Spirit of the LIVING GOD! It is the generation of THE CHRIST! The Psalmist declared a ‘seed’ that would be accounted for a generation!
A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this. Psalm 22:30-31
E. In this verse of scripture, the word ‘Seed’ is the same as “a generation!’ Therefore, we see that it is the SEED of Jesus Christ that shall declare His Generation in the earth. But who is the SEED OF CHRIST? If we look to a natural lineage, then we would have to say that the generations stopped in relationship to fathers and mothers bringing forth children. We know that Man has always based descendancy and generations according to the natural seed, but when God was incarnate in the flesh, He took no wife, nor did He leave behind any natural children. According to the culture of man, Jesus was an utter failure because He didn’t leave any seed (natural born sons) behind. It was very important in that day for all men to have a first-born son for inheritance. It was to the first-born that blessing and inheritance was passed down.
F.He was taken from prison and from judgment: and WHO SHALL DECLARE HIS GENERATION? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken. And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him, He hath put Him to grief, when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, HE SHALL SEE HIS SEED, HE SHALL PROLONG HIS DAYS, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.” Isa 53:8-10
G.This prophecy is called the Messianic prophecy. Jesus was cut off from the land of the living and yet the scripture declares that HIS SEED shall prolong His days! How is this possible for the term ‘PROLONG HIS DAYS’ literally meant that His life would be reproduced in His generations! If we go back to the book of Genesis, there is a key that will help us to begin to understand the progeny of the Spirit. Remember in Genesis the 3rd chapter, that God declared to the serpent “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15). It would be the seed of the WOMAN, not the seed of man, that would bruise the head of the enemy and bring reconciliation to man. And then we find in Matthew 1:18 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost”! Although Joseph was the father of Jesus in the world, he was not the progenitor of Jesus. Jesus did not come through the seed of Joseph! He was of the seed of Mary, a child of the Holy Ghost! He was born of the Spirit! The ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD! Yet, was He really the only begotten son?
Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Gal 3:16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ.
Now, let’s continue to track the seed. (Gal 3:16) And to Abraham and to his Seed the promises were spoken. It does not say, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, “And to your Seed,” which is Christ.
Now Abraham had many descendants, but the scripture declares that the promises were only made to HIS SEED, which WAS CHRIST! So the promises were made only to ONE SEED…..CHRIST! Then the scriptures go on to say,
“And if you be Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:29).
H. We see here that the seed of Abraham are those who belong to (ARE ONE WITH) Christ!
Jesus/Yeshua was fully God and He was fully man. He was the FIRST BEGOTTEN from above and the first born of many brethren. Rom. 8:29
He came to bring an end to the natural lineage of the first man ADAM. He was bringing forth a new creation in the earth, but not of the earth! This was a generation that would be BORN AGAIN! BORN FROM ABOVE FROM THE BEGINNING. Isaiah declared Jesus to be THE EVERLASTING FATHER! And as a Father, he would bring forth SONS!
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
I.He is called the everlasting Father because of the generation that would come forth out of Him by the Spirit through the finished work of the cross! When the spear went into the side of Jesus/Yeshua, blood and water poured out of him and fell upon the earth. In the finality of death, heaven and earth came together as one and brought forth a NEW SEED, A NEW CREATION, A SEED THAT WOULD DECLARE HIS GENERATIONS! Out of His side (the womb of man) came the NEW WOMAN, THE CHURCH! His seed was established upon the earth for an inheritance for eternity!
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto you, You must be born again. The wind blows where it lists, and thou hear the sound thereof, but cannot not tell where it comes, and where it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:6-8.
As stated in the New Birth, the word ‘born’ means “to be begotten, procreated” and ‘again’ means ” born from above”! So truly, as we come to Christ, the old creation passes away and behold all things are made new! We are a renewed creation, descendants of God, THE 42nd GENERATION! And we see from the scripture that the sons of God are all numbered:
“He tells the number of the stars; He calls them all by their names” (Psalm 147:4). So, we see that there is a set number!
Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha’ Masiach- literally means the Captain of our Salvation, the Anointed One and his Many-Membered Body!
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:” 1Peter 2:9
There is a generation of people chosen of God in Christ to be the royal priesthood and holy nation in the earth. This generation once wandered in the darkness but now live in His light (SHEKINAH GLORY). They are a people of understanding, a people of purpose, a people of destiny. They have made their calling and election sure.
2 Pet. 1:10 Therefore rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall:
And they are ready for the culmination of all things. We are the sovereign election of the Father before the foundation of the world. Gen. 1:26-28
“Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwells in mount Zion.” Isaiah 8:18
Note the word CHILDREN! Did you know that you are a sign and a wonder? Why? Because your lineage is of the Spirit and you are the children, the descendants of the Lord! WE ARE MOUNT ZION – PEOPLE OF GOD! WE ARE THE NEW JERUSALEM – THE LAMB’S WIFE – THE CITY OF THE LIVING GOD! We are the Body of Christ, the fullness of Him that fills all in all (Eph. 1:22-23). Just as Jesus/Yeshua was the express image of the Father in the earth, so we are the express image of Jesus in the earth! A NEW GENERATION is in the earth born not of natural man! But we are a heavenly people born of an INCORRUPTIBLE SEED! We are the PROGENY OF GOD THE SON, THE WORD WHO BECAME FLESH AND DWELLS AMONG US!
“And He said unto me, It is done. I AM ALPHA AND OMEGA, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely. HE THAT OVERCOMES shall inherit all things; and I will be HIS GOD, and HE SHALL BE MY SON.” Rev. 21:6-7
Beginning a New Line of People
When God crashed into the genealogy of the human race, He purified the race. He started over with a new Adam, a renewed start for humanity. Therefore, He could create a new line of people from Jesus Christ /Yeshua Ha’Masiach. Does that not sound strange? However, we look at the genealogies of Matthew and Luke and we see that they stop at Jesus. The [only] inspired word of God says:
Jesus’ Genealogy traced backwards:
Luke 3:23-38 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli,24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Janna, the son of Joseph,25 the son of Mattathiah, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathiah, the son of Semei, the son of Joseph, the son of Judah,27 the son of Joannas, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri,28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmodam, the son of Er,29 the son of Jose, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonan, the son of Eliakim,31 the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattathah, the son of Nathan, the son of David,32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon,33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Cainan,38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
A.Jesus was a Second Adam who was to start a renewed race of people.
1.How can you begin a new race of people if you do not have any descendants?
· The first Adam had descendants by flesh and blood (by physiological genealogy) also by living in the sense/soulish realm.
· The second Adam has descendants who are born the same way He was (by a virgin birth).
2.What is the difference?
· The second Adam (Messiah Jesus) is the eternal Son of God who is without sin.
· The descendants of the first Adam (all human beings) are flesh/sense oriented; after the first Adam sinned, he could only begat sense minded people. The only reason the redeemed descendants of the first Adam have a renewed nature (by a virgin birth) is by faith in the eternal Son of God.
We will continue with Les 1 next week.
The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption/sonship or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22
David & Mary Sue