January 5 – Chronological Life of Jesus Day 3
Welcome back, I’m hopeful you’ve come with many questions! I’m sure we are all craving and want to grow in this study…I beg: bring ’em, bring ’em, bring ’em.
So, as we introduce Matthew today, which happens to be the very first book in the New Testament, we find yet another “Follower”!! A little more up close and personal…Matthew was sometimes called Levi, the son of Alpheus. He was a tax collector, for whom many people had an aversion. But that did not stop Jesus from asking or stop Matthew from “following” Jesus as one of his twelve closest friends, the disciples. Matthew did not write the first book about Jesus’ life; Mark did that, and his gospel will be introduced later this week. Matthew did use much of what Mark had written to show us that what God had told His people in the Old Testament came true in the life of Jesus our Christ ~ as Becky earlier mentioned.
READ: Matthew 1
I have a confession: I’m not as familiar with Matthew as I am John. I remember opening to Matthew 1 a long while ago, when I was brand new in my walk with Him and thought to myself, “Are you crazy? Who are these people? I can’t possibly figure out who belongs where and to whom, let alone say the names!” No worries, if you’ve opened this chapter and felt the same thing, it will all come together. Sometimes it takes seconds, and sometimes it takes years. For example – it was just revealed to me not too long ago that Rahab is the mother to Boaz (Mt.1:5). What an oversight on my part, being familiar with both of their stories—Rahab was a prostitute who helped Joshua win the battle of Jericho, and Boaz was a good man who married the widowed Ruth and took care of her widowed mother-in-law Naomi too. So I’m thankful Matthew gives us the genealogy of Jesus and even His birth in this chapter. We just finished the Christmas season and have welcomed a new year. But with all that the season has become encompassed, what a perfect way to start off this study, tying the significance of the New Testament to what the Old Testament was missing:
- “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’-which means, ‘God with us.’” (Mt.1:22-23)
- That prophet being Isaiah in 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
As we received the precious gift, let us not only receive the Lord unto us and remember Him all year, but every day, every second. Let us not forget “…nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)
Lord, as this new study unfolds, as we watch the story unfold: I want to thank You for doing far more abundantly than all that we can ask or think. You are immeasurably more! Please continue to do Your great work in us.
In His precious name…Amen!