Emanna for 02/03/2020

The Significance of Having a Genealogy

Bible Verses

Matt 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham: (16) And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. Luke 3:23 And He, Jesus, when He began to minister, was about thirty years old, being, so it was thought, the son of Joseph, the son of Heli, (38) The son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Words of Ministry

Among the four Gospels only two, Matthew and Luke, have genealogies. Matthew tells us that Jesus is the proper descendant of the royal family, that He is the legal heir of the royal throne. Such a person surely needs a genealogy telling of His origin and descent. Luke presents Jesus as a proper, normal man. To show Jesus as a proper man also requires a genealogy. In Mark, Jesus is pictured as a bondslave, as one sold into slavery. A bondslave has no need of a genealogy; hence, Mark does not include one. John tells us that Jesus is God. "In the beginning was the Word... and the Word was God." With Him there was no beginning, no descent. He is eternal, with no beginning of life nor end of life (Heb. 7:3). In the beginning was God! For John to talk about His genealogy would be ridiculous. With anybody else, no matter who he is or how many biographies people write about him, the genealogy will be exactly the same. But Jesus has two genealogies. Later on we shall see how these genealogies eventually become one. Once again we see that He is wonderful. In every aspect, He is too wonderful.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, 1986, pp. 5-6. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 12/5/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.