Did you ever wonder why the genealogies of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke seem to be filled with long lists of names and numbers? What if we told you that these seemingly mundane details hold profound significance and reveal remarkable prophecies, patterns, and pathways that point to God’s meticulous plan of redemption? Have you ever stopped to consider the Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in Jesus’ lineage, or the intriguing numerical patterns and structural arrangements found in these genealogies? Join us as we embark on a fascinating journey into the depths of these genealogies, uncovering hidden treasures that shed light on the grandeur of God’s divine plan for salvation. Get ready to be amazed by the richness and beauty of Jesus’ ancestry, and how it magnifies His role as the promised Messiah.
Reflecting on History: Discovering God’s Involvement in Our Lives
One of the most effective ways to investigate our Creator, YHWH’s, involvement in our lives is to reflect on history, or as some may say, “His-Story.” History is filled with examples of how God has worked in mysterious and unexpected ways, often contrary to human expectations. Let’s delve into some thought-provoking instances where God’s divine providence was at work, but not always recognized at the time.
Human Nature vs. the Speed of the Spirit
Human nature often is unable to keep up with the speed of the Spirit, as stated in 1 Corinthians 15:52, “in a twinkle of an eye” depicting how fast the spirit dimension moves. Human nature makes it challenging to discern God’s hand in the present moment. However, as we look back in hindsight, we can often see that God has indeed been involved all along. It is easier to recognize His providence when we reflect on the past and connect the dots to see how God has orchestrated events for His purposes.
God’s Unexpected Ways
Another reason we struggle to trace God’s involvement in our lives is because He doesn’t always work in ways that we expect. In fact, God often defies human expectations and confounds our understanding. History is filled with examples of how God has used unlikely people and circumstances to accomplish His will.
- For instance, when YHWH raised Yeshua from the dead, the greatest demonstration of His power on earth, the first eyewitness was a woman. In a world where the status of women was often disregarded, her testimony would not have stood in a court of law due to prevailing cultural biases against women. Yet, God chose to reveal His resurrection power through a woman, defying societal norms and expectations.
- Similarly, when confronting Goliath, the giant who had a territorial grip of fear on Israel, God sent a young shepherd boy with a sling shot. It was an unconventional choice, but it demonstrated how God often chooses the weak to confound the strong and the unexpected to achieve His purposes.
- In another instance, to protect Israel from the genocide planned by Haman, God sent a young orphaned girl. Once again, God’s choice was unexpected and against human expectations. These examples show us that God’s ways are not always our ways, and He often works in surprising and unconventional manners.
The Wisdom of Searching for Truth
Given the unpredictability of God’s ways, Proverbs 25:2 offers profound insight: “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” As seekers of truth, it is our honor and responsibility to search for the hidden truths of God’s involvement in our lives. Reflecting on history and looking for God’s fingerprints in unexpected places can lead to a deeper appreciation of His divine providence.
The Genealogy of Jesus: More than a List of Names
At first glance, the genealogies of Jesus in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 may appear as a mere list of names, but upon closer examination, they reveal profound truths and insights about God’s plan of redemption. Matthew’s genealogy traces Jesus’ lineage from Abraham to David to demonstrate that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah, the promised descendant of David who would rule forever (2 Samuel 7:12-13; Matthew 1:1). Luke’s genealogy, on the other hand, traces Jesus’ lineage all the way back to Adam, highlighting Jesus’ universal significance as the Savior of all humanity (Luke 3:23-38).
Symbolism in Numbers: The Significance of 13 and 14
The most profound and honorable mystery that every human is duty-bound to search out in life is the fulfillment of Yeshua as the Messiah, as prophesied in the Old Testament Hebrew scriptures. Surprisingly, one of the most profound and ironclad proofs that Yeshua is the Messiah can be found in a place where you would least expect – the genealogies of Jesus found in both the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
But why am I saying this?
Have you ever heard the saying, “Sometimes it’s not what is said that matters so much as what is not said?” Matthew 1 is a living example of that statement. The genealogies of Jesus are not your typical message, because they are not about what God can do for you, but rather, they reveal who God is. Knowing (present continuous tense) who God is more important than anything else God can do for us. Christianity is not transactional, it is relational. Yet, the genealogies are extremely significant because they teach us three fundamental things.
- Firstly, Matthew 1 presents an uncontested opening argument for the most important legal case in the history of the world – that Jesus is the seed of King David, thereby proving that He is the Messiah, as prophesied in Isaiah 9. This is a crucial piece of our introductory evidence, and if we get this wrong, nothing else matters.
- Secondly, Matthew 1 presents the profound combination of names and numerical symbolisms between the numbers 13 and 14 “generation.”
- The thirteenth generation represents the Old Testament “system,” the flesh, and the old nature, while the fourteen (14th) generation represents the New Testament (system), the Supernatural, and the New Birth, ushered in by the Resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15). These numerical symbolisms are so profound that even the Illuminati uses them in their symbolism, as seen on the US dollar bill’s pyramid with 13 levels and the 14th level representing their diabolic system with the crowning symbol of their worship of Baalism.
- Thirdly, Matthew 1 presents evidence that YHWH chooses and uses the most imperfect people to participate in His plan. The genealogy of Jesus deliberately includes imperfect people, such as murderers, prostitutes, idol worshipers, adulterers, and more. This does not mean that there were no righteous people, but Matthew deliberately chose to include those who messed up real bad, but found a second, third, and more chances by just asking God for forgiveness.
Unveiling the Profound Significance of “The Son of David” Title
The opening declaration of the New Testament is anchored on the prophetic fulfilment of Yeshua as the Messiah in the Hebrew Scriptures. Through His genealogy, we see a firm connection to the story of Israel, as the Son of David and the Son of Abraham. The significance of these titles cannot be overstated.
The connection to Abraham, the father of the nation, is critical because it was through him that God promised to engraft the Gentiles into the covenant of commonwealth and bless them (Ephesians 2 and Galatians 2). Meanwhile, the link to David goes beyond Isaiah 9, for the title “Son of David” is unique and not used anywhere else in the Bible. Thus, we are left to wonder about the mysterious truths that Matthew sought to convey.
We will conclude with a remarkable revelation of Isaiah 9 that highlights the paramount significance of the “Son of David” title. The prophet declared, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son (Who? Yeshua) is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder (Kingdom mandate). His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace, there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of YHWH of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6–7).
In summary, the title “The Son of David” is of immense theological and emotional significance, as it points to the fulfilment of prophetic promises and the establishment of a kingdom that will last forever.
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