3) Family Tree Fun – Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38

Join me as I take a walk through the pages of Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John, (aka the “Gospels”) in a Chronological Order and try to grow closer to, and learn more about Jesus.  Feel free to go back and read the INTRO ABOUT THIS SERIES to understand where all this came from for me.

Can anything possibly be learned from these passages of a long boring list of names?  Well I think quite a bit could be learned – but it would take a lil research, which I would challenge & encourage anyone to do.  But Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38 can be a bit overwhelming so we won’t go into a deep study here.

I would like to point out a couple ideas that may help to understand the passages a little bit better. First we need to understand that Matthew was writing his book to a predominantly Jewish audience.  This is also the beginning of his book, so he is trying to bridge a connection between Jesus and the Jews.  So he is giving a genealogy (which the Jews were big into tradition and knowing family lines), thus the reason he carried Jesus’ heritage back to Abraham.  The FATHER of the children of Israel, this would weigh HEAVILY in their minds.

Luke on the other hand would have been writing to a predominantly non-Jewish, a Greek or Gentile audience.  So it was important for him to carry Jesus’ line all the way back to God the creator.  Luke’s writing is more expansive and showing how Jesus is actually the Savior for the entire World – people of every race, tribe, and tongue.

This is not to say Matthew was not concerned with connecting Jesus to everyone (in fact if you look at some of the names in the history Matthew gave, he chose to use some Gentile – non-Jewish – family connections) – it is just that Matthew was dealing with a more “narrowly focused” audience in his day.

There is lots to be learned from both lists, besides some really crazy names & stories – but overall it comes back to the fact that Jesus came FOR ALL and is CONNECTED TO ALL through his Family Tree, and that way He was able to be the Savior FOR ALL and allow us all to have a relationship with His HEAVENLY FATHER!

A pretty cool story and a Fun Family Tree if you ask me!

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