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Jan 12, Matthew 1: 1-17, by Sung Jae

Summary: In today's passage, Matthew reveals the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah,

demonstrating Jesus’ legal claim to the throne of David as a legal descent from David

and Abraham.

Focus Verse:  1 – "This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham."

Reflection:  "What is God saying to you through this verse?"

I’m sure many of us have experienced going to a theatre or play. The opening act often

sets the tone for the rest of the story. The opening act of gospel of Matthew declares

who Jesus Christ is, the Messiah, the son of David and Abraham through ancestral


Matthew, a tax collector who became an inner circle apostle of Jesus Christ, a

compelling eyewitness to Jesus’ ministry and His death and resurrection, makes a huge

opening statement that Jesus is the long-anticipated Messiah, who brought the kingdom

of God to earth and is the prophesied fulfillment of God’s promise and deliverance for

both Jew and Gentile.

When I was growing up, I was also curious about the origin (genealogy) of my faith in

Jesus Christ. It was no surprise that my faith had its origin in intergenerational faith

going back to 4 th generation when my ancestors declared “as for me and my household,

we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15b), which became our family motto. As a young

person, I often witnessed my father sitting in front of an open bible submerged in God’s

Word in daily QT. This image made a quiet an impression on my attitude towards the

importance of abiding in God’s Word on a daily basis, establishing a holy relationship

with the love of God the father, being sanctified and renewed daily through God the

Son, and enjoying the blessings through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit truly

overwhelms me with sincere gratitude. It is my sincere hope and prayer that our

genealogy will also continue to bear eyewitnesses to Jesus’s ministry through our

working hands of brothers and sisters of NHC.

Prayer:  Dear God, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus Christ, our savior, our King,

who inspires us to inspire others through our humble sacrificial services to uphold your

love until you come again. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

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