Matthew 1:1-17  This is One Dysfunctional Family


Tonight Begin gospel of Matthew –


Why 4 Gospels ?

A)  4 different faces or perspectives of the same story


B) Courson – Don’t miss my son ! 4 times

1 Each one different target audience – each one different focus of Christ


C) Focus: Matthew writing to the Jewish world


He portrays Jesus as the Lion of the tribe of Judah

A) His Purpose: To prove that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal King


B) He beginsMatt 1:1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:


C) When it comes to the Genealogy – He starts with David rather than Abraham –


D) The important thing to the Jewish mind –was not Just that He was Jewish –

1) But in order to be the Messiah – He had to be the descendant of David –


E) 1,000yrs earlier Prophesied Messiah come from the blood line of David So David is mentioned first because of it’s importance

The vocabulary and style of writing is very Jewish

A) The term kingdom of heaven occurs thirty-three times, is, a distinctly Jewish description, appears in no other Gospel.


B) The phrase Son of Man refers to the prophecy in Daniel 7:13 and would have been understood and appreciated by Jewish readers.


C) Other Jewish terminology: In addition, Jerusalem is called the “holy city”  and the “city of the great King” 1)And the Jewish people are called “the lost sheep of the house of Israel


Matthew is a great Bridge between the OT/NT

A) This Gospel is saturated with citations from the Old Testament Scriptures.


B) Fifty-three OT references or quotations and seventy-six  allusions.


C) In His quest to show that Jesus is indeed the long awaited Messiah – Matt places great emphasis on how Jesus Fulfilled OT Prophecy.


D) The word fulfilled is used 8 different times


So Matthew portrays Jesus as the Lion – the Messiah


Mark Picture of Jesus as the serving Savior – who came not to be served but to serve – lay down His life… many


The gospel of service – Jesus the servant


Jesus with People – not prophecy – pp –


No Geneology in Mark – The Genealogy of a servant wasn’t considered


Mark’s focus is to present Jesus primarily to the Roman world


Luke writing to the Gentile world – His focus is on the Humanity of Christ


Luke’s Genealogy goes all the way back to Adam and follows the line of Jesus from David’s son Nathan – to Mary –


His Focus is blood line – biological


Matthew’s focus is Pedigree – Luke’s is Biological

David’s blood line –


Luke portrays the Humanness of Jesus in a remarkable way


John writes to the Church: John focuses primarily on the Judean ministry of Jesus – the other three His Galilean ministry


John Portrays the Deity of Christ – God in the flesh

His Genealogy goes back before time


In the Beginning was the word … became flesh


So we have these 4 faces of Christ in the gospels and  the early Church understood this –


Often the place where they met they would often place outside of it – the four faces of the Cherubim


Face of a

Lion tribe of Judah

OX Jesus coming to serve

Man Humanity of Christ

Eagle – Deity


Tonight only going to look at the Genealogy – easy to skip over – Important see why God put it here

Read Verses 1-17

You might call this text "The forgotten chapter of the Christmas story." If you are familiar with the King James Version, you remember that the word "begot" is used instead of the phrase "the father of."

"Abraham begat Isaac, Isaac begat Jacob, Jacob begat Judah," and so on.

One day a little boy came home from Sunday School excited about his lesson.

When his mother asked him what he had learned, the little boy replied, "I learned all the "forgots" of the Bible." "What do you mean?" "You know, Abraham forgot Isaac, Isaac forgot Jacob, and Jacob forgot Judah."

Opposite is true – God doesn’t forget – Doesn’t want us to forget – there is a special message in the Genealogy of Jesus

Genealogies were important

Land records and families - whenever land was bought or sold, the genealogical records were consulted to insure that land belonging to one tribe was not being sold to members of another tribe—

1 Chronicles { How to retrace reclaim land


Genealogy was also crucial in determining the priesthood.

A) The law specified that the priests must come from the tribe of Levi.


Genealogy also helped determine the line of heirship to the throne.


Why is this Genealogy so important

3 reasons:

#1 It establishes that Jesus was a part of the royal family of David.


Pivotal in the mind of the first century Jewish person { 1000 yrs before the Lord had said that the Messiah would come from the line of David.


Any would be Messiah – first thing – Check his genealogy – Line of David


#2 It demonstrates that Jesus Christ had historical roots

Galatians 4:4 says, "But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law."

Matthew 1 is telling us that Jesus Christ had roots. He had a family tree.


He didn't just drop out of heaven, he didn't appear magically on the scene, but at the perfect moment of history, Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

Jesus had a human family. He had a mother and a father and a history. He's not some fictional character—like the
greek gods on Mount Olympus.


No, he was a real person born into a real family.


#3 It is a picture of the grace of God!

As history, the list is fascinating, but for most of us, that's about as far as it goes.

It's like the story of the man who was asked to write a review of the phone book. His summary: "Great cast of characters. Weak plot."


That's the way we feel when we examine Matthew 1: "Great cast of characters. Weak plot."


Unless you happen to know the Old Testament.

Here is what you find – Dysfunctional family to the say the least – { Teacher … family trees today….

A) What kind of family history would you expect the Son of God to have – List of perfect saints


B) Surely not this group –

Abraham lied about his wife Sarah. He fathered a child by another woman.

1)    Isaac also lied about his wife .

2)    Jacob was a cheater, Judah a fornicator.

3)    David was an adulterer and a murder

4)    Solomon was a polygamist.

5)    Manasseh was the most evil king Judah ever had.


C) The best of these men had flaws and some were so flawed that it is impossible to see their good points.


How does that show the grace of God? Simple.

A) It shows the grace of God because people like this make up family tree of Jesus.


B) A murderer is on the list, a fornicator is on the list, an adulterer is on the list, a liar is on the list, a deceiver is on the list.


C) And People just like that make up the family of God the redeemed the saved!


1 Cor 1:26-29

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.  27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.


Another interesting thing about this genealogy is there are women in it – A NO NO


Everyday Jewish man Thank God .. gentile dog or a woman – prayed everyday.


Women are listed here – not the ones we would think

                      Sarah-- Rebekah – Rachel –

Tamar v3 Rahab V.5 Ruth V.5 Bathsheba V.6


Tamar – gentile woman who married Judah’s son ErEr died – no offspring


Leverite law – before the book of Leviticus was written – responsibility for the brother to raise up a Child – carry on the family name


Onan – refused – to fulfill the obligation – God smote him


Judah had one more son – Shelia – Too young, wait until he gets older – Never did


Tamar goes to another town heard Judah was coming – disguised herself as a Prostitute – Hey big boy – want some action – no money


What have – Signet ring, staff, bracelet


Come back – pay you and collect – never did


Gets word – Tamar is pregnant – Bring her slut –

Who is the father ? The man who owns this signet ring, staff and bracelet


Judah – You are more righteous than I



No one looks good in this story, which reeks of greed, deception, illegitimacy, prostitution, sexual lust, and even the hint of incest.


Whatever you can say about Judah (and it's not very good), you cannot by any stretch of the imagination make Tamar look good.


She's only less-bad than her father-in-law. But what she did was evil, wrong and immoral.


So the first woman mentioned in the Genealogy – is Tamar who played the role of Prostitute –


2nd Woman Rahab was a prostitute – How many men had she been with


Believed in what she heard about Jehovah God – hid the spies – Jericho – Rescued – brought in


Married an Israelite – has a Son named Boaz –


Jesus Great …………..grandma – Whore


Next is Ruth – Ruth was a moabitess -  Moabites were the Product of Incestuous relationship


After Sodom and Gommorroh destroyed Lot’s daughters got him drunk – sex with him – fathered Moabites and the Ammonites


Ruth meets Boaz and falls in love – The law said that a Moabite was not allowed in the congregation of the Lord until the 10th Generation


3 Generations later – her grandson is King David


Then there is Bathsheba { Adultery

Before the scandal was over it included lying, a royal cover-up, and ultimately murder.


As a result the child conceived that night died soon after birth and David's family and his empire began to crumble.

Eventually David married Bathsheba and they had another son—Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. Quite a result for a union that began in adultery.


There's dirt all over this episode. But don't miss the main point: Bathsheba made the list. Her name isn't there but she is mentioned nonetheless.



When you read the stories of these four women—and of the men on the list—you aren't supposed to focus on the sin, but on the grace of God.


The hero of this story is God. His grace shines through the blackest of human sin as he chooses flawed men and women and places them in the family tree of Jesus.

That is the beauty of this: God took Tamar and all her sin – He owned her – claimed her – part of His plan – gave her the honor of being in the family line of the Messiah


Claims Rahab -



This genealogy is in the Bible to let us know that he had a background worse than yours and mine.


He called himself "the friend of sinners," and he said he didn't come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.


He said, "The Son of man has come to seek and to save that which is lost." (Luke 19:10)


Not ashamed to call us His Brethren He is not ashamed to be called our God


Owned Jacob in all his Canniving ways – Rahab – Tamar

Ruth – He owns Us


All have a testimony: So many pp today come from broken families – I was headed there – BITTERNESS accept for the grace of God


That is our story: All capable of so much accept for the grace of God


Talking this morning about Denise Abandoned by one day as baby – didn’t see until after we married

A)2nd dad – Biker gang abusive bad dude

Dad #3 is in Prison today


B) Things were so bad at home she moved out at 16

1) She could have been a mess – God in His grace got a hold her


C) God called her/ saved her / owned her –


D) We look at this dysfunctional lot and need to be reminded that Jesus came to save and cover the sins of the people in His messed up family tree


Good News! No matter what you've done in the past, Jesus can save you

Any murderers reading these words? Any prostitutes? Any adulterers? Any liars? Any cheaters? Any angry people? Any thieves? Any hypocrites?

If a prostitute can be saved, you can be saved. If a murderer can be transformed, you can be transformed.


If an incestuous person can be saved, then there is hope for you.






High Priest who can sympathize with us – He knows what it is like to come from a rough family


No matter what your past looks like, or your present feels like,

no matter where you've been or what you've done, God can give you a fresh start.

Maybe your background tonight is immoral – Saved but think God doesn’t want to have anything to do with you


Listen, God takes Tamar into His home and makes her His own


Rahab, how many men had she been with ? Saved her


Testimony tonight to us from this Genealogy

A) The Lord loves sinners – not looking for perfect pp


B) Sees our weakness and has compassion on us


C) He reaches out and seeks to identify with us tonight