From Solomon to Babylon

Matthew Bible Background

01.01.2019 – Old New Testament: Matt 1.7–11

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 1 on January 1, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Who was Jesus Christ? The opening words of the New Testament begin to answer that question as Matthew shows the genealogy of Jesus. First, Matthew shows the connection  that Jesus had with Abraham and his descendants down to Solomon. Then Matthew started with Solomon again:

Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa. Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon (Matthew 1.7–11).

From one king to another, Matthew brought us to the Babylonian captivity, a very sad time in the history of Israel. Nevertheless, the Lord continued to preserve the line from Abraham to David and eventually to the Christ, because the Lord made a promise to bring the Christ into the world through those two men, and not even the carrying away of the Lord’s people could thwart His plan.

Questions:

  • How far back can you trace your genealogy?
  • What will your family remember about you when you are gone?

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