Good evening y’all. Today we start our study of Matthew. We will be looking at Chapter 1 today.
Be blessed 🙂
In the first 17 chapters we are introduced to Jesus’ Ancestors.
Two lessons I learnt from those verses that I would like to share-
1) God is a promise keeping God. He made a promise in Isaiah 11:1 and Isaiah 9:7 that the saviour would come from David’s royal line. Verse 1-16 confirms this. Jesus in human form, was a descendant of David.
This tells me that God doesn’t lie. He watches over His word to fulfil it. Whatever He has said, He surely will do. God cannot deny Himself. Be encouraged 🙂
“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”(Numbers 23:19 NLT)
“If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is”.(2 Timothy 2:13 NLT)
2) God is gracious and merciful. I look at some of the names mentioned and I’m thinking how did they make it to this hall of fame. These were people that one would least expect to see in the lineage of Jesus. I look at Rahab, her beginning was very bad but in the end God saved her and included her in the lineage of His son. I look at Ruth, she was a foreigner. Wasn’t even meant to enjoy the blessings of God seeing as she wasn’t an Israelite, yet God extended His grace and mercy to her and now we see her included in this beautiful genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This tells me that no one is beyond redemption. No matter how bad your beginning may be, when you surrender to God and let him have His way, He can turn your life around and use you for His glory.
Matthew 1: 18 – 25
Here, we are told how Jesus was conceived. This tallies with the prophecy that was given earlier in the old testatment in Isaiah 7:14
“All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’)”. (Isaiah 7:14 NLT)
Joseph finds out that his fiance is pregnant and not by him. I was particularly struck by how he handled the situation.
Joseph didn’t act in a rash or spiteful manner towards her instead he was looking to cover her shame. He didn’t want her to be disgraced. That’s true love in action. Love doesn’t look to hurt or disgrace others. He acted in wisdom.
“The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced”. (Matthew 1:18-19 MSG)
Also, Josephs calm approach made it possible for him to get a direct message from God regards that which troubled him and immediately his anxiety was gone. All we need is a word from God and all our fears, troubles and anxieties will disappear. But we are too busy worrying and trying to solve the issue with our human mind that we can’t even hear God when He is speaking and trying to tell us what to do.
Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to trust in God.
“Trust in the lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take”. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
Joseph was told to name the baby Jesus.
Jesus means saviour. He is the one who saves us. Whatever situation you are in now, know that you have a saviour in Jesus. All you need to do is call on Him, and He promises to answer.
Let’s ponder on the greatness and power of our God. This great awesome God chose to come down in Human form and dwell with us. We see him experience life just like we do yet He never sinned showing us that He is God. The God who Saves and God With Us
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