January 1, Reading 3 – Matthew 1

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SAA Notes

This is the genealogy of the Heirs of David. An heir is not always the biological son/gransdon. Jeconiah makes a distant cousin Shealtiel (a descendant of David’s son Nathan) his heir, his son. Everyone closer had been killed. Jesus is the legal heir of David! Luke 3 traces the biological line.

SJA Notes

* Holy God, thank You for Your word today. Please show us how to live.

“When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: …”

As we read of the royal lineage that finishes with Jesus, our ever-living King, it is good to examine Joseph.

The earthly father of Jesus.

Apart from being a just man, an other-centred thoughtful bloke, we see that Joseph walked obediently under the Lord’s will.

He both submitted under God’s will and went about God’s will with all diligence.

We can be encouraged here with Joseph’s humility, with his active faith and he listened to the Lord and walked before Him.

The earthly father of our Lord and King was a humble man who raised Jesus with the same character, raised Him in the trade of carpentry without pomp or ceremony.

What does Isaiah say?

“For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.”

Joseph was a humble man. Jesus spent most of His life on earth working with His earthly dad, honoring him, loving him, caring for him. No spotlight. No adulation.

This is our King.

* Father God,

Thank You for Jesus.

Thank You that He shows us how to live.

Thank You for sending Jesus to earth.

Thank You for saving us from our sin.

Amen.

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