NEW SERIES OF STUDIES
We are starting a new series in our Thought for the Day looking at the Gospel of Matthew. We will be going through whole book a few verses at a time, reflecting on all the stories, sermons and parables, and will take us around a year to finish. It’s going a long series, but that will allow us to get to know Matthew’s Gospel, reflect on verses we’ve perhaps never read before, and above all to spend a year learning and reflecting on Jesus, who is the centre of our faith.
Monday April 13th
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
and Jesse the father of King David.
Matthew 1 : 1 – 6a
Many books are famous for their pithy and memorable opening lines:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
The New Testament on the other hand, has a rather strange opening. Matthew Chapter 1 begins with a long list of names, 42 in total. It’s the reading that everyone dreads being asked to read aloud. With names like Amminadab, Shealtiel and Zerubbabel even a linguist would have trouble. For us it’s a confusing way to begin. Many people have picked up Matthew, the first book of the New Testament, only to be baffled by all the unfamiliar names.
But this list serves a very important purpose. When you look at the list it contains some of the most important people in the Bible: Abraham, Jacob, Judah and King David. The list is Matthew’s way of showing that Jesus is part of a much bigger story, the Story of God and his people, stretching back thousands of years. And now this story is going to reach its climax with a baby, born from the line of David in Bethlehem. It’s the story that over the next year we will be exploring together
Prayer: God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, bless me with knowledge and wisdom as I begin to read through Matthew. Help me to see the bigger picture and understand my place in this story.
Action: Commit with us to reading through Matthew this year. Even when you don’t have time to read the reflections, try to read the verse for the day.