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Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,
Luke 3:23 ESV
In Matt 1 we read, as in the front of many “”Family” Bibles, a family tree
1:1 starts with
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham…
Then goes thru to verse 16…
and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
Matthew 1:1, 16-17 ESV
i’ve mentioned before the importance of ‘numerology’ (the study & significance of numbers) the Jewish people.
i recall reading a book called, The Choosen, a book about two boys growing up and the book goes into great detail about the one boys Jewish culture & faith.
i also recall picking up in Sunday School the significance placed on generational time frames as recorded in Matthew 1…
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
Matthew 1:1, 17 ESV
God’s timing & prophecy & will being perfect brought us The Christ, The promised Messiah, at the right time, place, lineage.
What an honor, privilege & blessings to be alive during a period when, although we have not seen Him we can believe as it was written.
A blessing i do not take for granted.
Take a look at Psalm 100:
Make a joyful noise to the Lord , all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord , he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Psalms 100:1-5 ESV
Now Psalm 103:
Bless the Lord , O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear (respect, acknowledge, give full credit to) him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.
Bless the Lord , O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the Lord , all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the Lord , all his works, in all places of HIS dominion. Bless the Lord , O my soul!
Psalms 103:1-22 ESV
Let the music play on…
We are all children of God. He is our creator, the question is what kind of children will we be…
Obedience or disobedience,
Faithful or unfaithful,
Following or wandering?
His obedience, submissive child,