THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND
1. What is 'continuity'? That understanding of God's purposes as revealed by His Spirit in the written Word of God. As one reads Genesis and go through God's redemptive acts in the history of Israel we must understand that, in God's purposes, there is no aborting His plans 'to bring all things under one head, even Lord Jesus Christ.' There is no 'plan A' or 'plan B'.
Jesus is sent to bring the Order or government or kingdom of heaven to earth. All of history is God bringing that purpose to pass. Therefore, all of life is headed in the same direction, to the complete redemption and union with the Creator and the cessation of all that is sin and death giving way to all that is eternal life.
2. When we come to the Gospel of Matthew the first thing we read is the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Why is this so important?
a. Matthew recognizes the continuity of what God has said and done in generations past and what He was doing in the Messiah.
b. 'Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham..'
Abraham was the great patriarch in Biblical history with whom God called and entered into covenant. God said:
-He would establish His covenant with Abraham and through his seed the nations of the earth would be blessed. Paul uses this in his explanation to the Galatian church. Jesus is that 'seed' through whom God's blessings would come to the nations.
-God established a covenant with David that through his family, one would come that would reign forever over Israel.
-Judah is mentioned in the genealogy--When Abraham was blessing his twelve sons it was through Judah that the kings of Israel would come and eventually Shiloh would appear and rule. The word means 'to whom it belongs'.
Matthew is recognizing the continuity of God's purposes and the affirming that Jesus is Christ or Messiah that was to come.
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