Matthew 1:1 “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.“
There are a variety of creative ways to grab a reader’s attention to keep him/her reading more. A genealogy is not usually one of those. So why does Matthew begin his gospel with a genealogy? He does so because he is connecting the person of Jesus to the giant story God has been telling for thousands of years, and here’s how he does it.
Right after the fall of man, God initiates a rescue mission through a series of promises, and two key players to receive promises were Abraham and David. God first promised Abraham that he would make him into a blessed nation, and through him all the people of the world would be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3). Then years later, God promised David, a descend of Abraham, that he would have a son who would reign forever as God’s King (2 Samuel 7:12-15).
So through Abraham God promised to bless the nations, and through David God promised to send a forever King.
Now read first line of Matthew again: “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”
Matthew begins his gospel proclaiming Jesus as Abraham’s Son who has come to bless the nations, and Jesus as David’s Son who has come to rule and reign over God’s Kingdom Forever.
I guess starting with a genealogy wasn’t such a bad idea after all.
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