READ: Matthew 1:1-17 (v1)
- After Matthew calls Jesus by name, he adds three titles to his introduction. He calls Jesus: Christ, son of David and son of Abraham. From the outset (the genesis/beginning) of Jesus’ story, Matthew makes it clear that it’s not about Jesus (as in a typical biographical sketch), but that it’s about who Jesus is and what He came to do. Matthew immediately introduces the title Christ (or, Messiah).
Messiah, the title for the One anointed by God to bring salvation to the people of God, leads the list of titles. Messiah also implies the title “son of David.” The Messiah was to come from the lineage of David. The son of David was the promised king who would sit on David’s throne forever (2 Samuel 7:16; Psalm 89:3-4; Jeremiah 23:5; et al). All Jewish readers would recognize this as a claim that Jesus fulfills the promise of God.
- But, the Messiah was not only the promised king from the line of David, He would also be a son of Abraham. He would be the one God promised to come through Abraham to bless the world (Genesis 12:3). Matthew ties Jesus to His Jewish roots (son of Abraham), His regal status (son of David), and His intended purpose (Messiah). From the opening sentence, Jesus’ agenda is set. His purpose is defined, and the readers’ expectations are established. From this opening, all would know that Jesus was here to save.
- What is your understanding of the title, Messiah?
- Why was it important that Jesus was known as the son of David?
- How should non-Jewish readers find meaning in these titles?
PRAY: Thank God for Jesus. Pray that as we acknowledge Jesus as our King, we will understand and submit. Ask God to continue to bless Madison Park.