Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bible Musings (Matthew)

I'm still on the "66 in 66" journey (reading a book of the Bible a day). Today, I have reached the New Testament (right on schedule). The book of Matthew starts with a genealogy. It starts like this:

"The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham." Matthew 1:1

Personally, I think this is the most fascinating genealogy in the Bible, as it starts with Abraham and goes through the birth of Jesus. If you just pick up Matthew and start reading it, the genealogy will stand out to you in its uniqueness but not nearly as much as it does when you have just finished reading the entire Old Testament in short succession. After reading the Old Testament, you are aware of the need for a savior for sinful man. God boldly proclaims his plan to redeem his own people to Him throughout the entire Old Testament and then introduces how He will do that (through Jesus Christ) on the first page of the New Testament. Brilliant! Another thing that stands out in the genealogy if you just read the Old Testament is that you remember the names and lives of the people mentioned within it. God chose just exactly the right representation of sinners to illustrate our need for a savior and then sent that same Savior through this very lineage. He is an amazing God!

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