“Don’t Skip Over the Begats”

Matthew 1:1-17 KJV

1     The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2     Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;

3     And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;

4     And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;

5     And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

6     And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;

7     And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;

8     And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;

9     And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;

10   And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;

11   And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

12   And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;

13   And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;

14   And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;

15   And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

16   And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

17   So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

The Greek word for begat is the word Genno, from which we get our English word generated.

How was Jesus generated, His human origin?  Jesus has his origin in Abraham which means Jesus was a Jew.

Gospels Chart

Jesus has His origin in David which means Jesus is Royal or Messianic.

Abraham to David – 14 generations – Patriarchy

David to Babylon – 14 generations – Monarchy

Babylon to Jesus – 14 generations – Anarchy

I. Abraham to David teaches us about God’s Mercy

Mercy is when God gives you what you know you don’t deserve

Acts 7:2 KJV – And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,

Joshua 2:1 NIV – Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.

Hebrews 11:31 NIV – By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

James 2:25 NIV – In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?

Deuteronomy 7:7-10 MSG7 God wasn’t attracted to you and didn’t choose you because you were big and important—the fact is, there was almost nothing to you. 8 He did it out of sheer love, keeping the promise he made to your ancestors. God stepped in and mightily bought you back out of that world of slavery, freed you from the iron grip of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations. 10 But he also pays back those who hate him, pays them the wages of death; he isn’t slow to pay them off—those who hate him, he pays right on time.

Deuteronomy 8:10-20 MSG10 After a meal, satisfied, bless God, your God, for the good land he has given you. 11 Make sure you don’t forget God, your God, by not keeping his commandments, his rules and regulations that I command you today 12 Make sure that when you eat and are satisfied, build pleasant houses and settle in, 13 see your herds and flocks flourish and more and more money come in, watch your standard of living going up and up— 14 make sure you don’t become so full of yourself and your things that you forget God, your God, the God who delivered you from Egyptian slavery; 15 the God who led you through that huge and fearsome wilderness, those desolate, arid badlands crawling with fiery snakes and scorpions; the God who gave you water gushing from hard rock; 16 the God who gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, some-thing your ancestors had never heard of, in order to give you a taste of the hard life, to test you so that you would be prepared to live well in the days ahead of you. 17 If you start thinking to yourselves, “I did all this. And all by myself. I’m rich. It’s all mine!”— 18 well, think again. Remember that God, your God, gave you the strength to produce all this wealth so as to confirm the covenant that he promised to your ancestors—as it is today. 19 If you forget, forget God, your God, and start taking up with other gods, serving and worshiping them, I’m on record right now as giving you firm warning: that will be the end of you; I mean it—destruction. 20 You’ll go to your doom—the same as the nations God is destroying before you; doom because you wouldn’t obey the Voice of God, your God.

II. David to Babylon teaches us about God’s judgement

Numbers 32:23 KJV – But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.

III. From Babylon to Christ teaches us about God’s grace

John 1:14-17 NIV14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Grace is God giving us what we need and don’t deserve and can’t earn or pay for, but God gives it to us anyway

Jesus came in the midst of a mess

Jesus came in spite of the mess

Jesus came because of the mess

  1. God takes His time

Psalm 90:2, 4 MSG2 long before the mountains were born, Long before you brought earth itself to birth, from “once upon a time” to “kingdom come”—you are God. 4 Patience! You’ve got all the time in the world—whether a thousand years or a day, it’s all the same to you.

2. The Begats tells me that I am standing on the shoulders of those who came before me

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