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Bible: God Takes Care of His Word

Published: Thursday, 06 February 2014 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

And God’s Word says:

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Abraham was the father of Isaac,

Isaac the father of Jacob,

Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,

Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,

Perez the father of Hezron,

Hezron the father of Ram…

Matthew 1:1-3

Genealogies are usually pretty boring unless it’s your own.  As you can see from the verses above, this is the beginning of the genealogy of Jesus Christ.  This genealogy is the family line of Joseph, the surrogate father of Jesus.  His real father was from the power of the Holy Spirit through Mary.  There is another genealogy of Christ in Luke 3 that is a little different. Scholars believe that this is the lineage of Mary – the blood line of Jesus.  The genealogy in the book of Matthew is the royal lineage of Christ.

 

There are many prophecies in the Old Testament about the Messiah.  Two of these prophecies are very important.  In Genesis 12, God promises Abraham that from his descendants all of the nations of the earth would be blessed.  This could only happen with someone who could affect the whole world.  In 2 Samuel 7:11-17, Nathan, the prophet, told David, the King, that his house and his throne would be established forever.  This prophecy would point to a descendant of David that would be King of Israel forever.

This is the Messiah who the Jews anticipated.  The Jews are still waiting for him to appear.  As Believers, we believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Savior, and has already appeared, died for our sins, and was resurrected from death.  Do you see why Matthew thought it important to give the lineage of Jesus to the Jews, the target audience for the book of Matthew? I believe that this lineage satisfies the prophecies of Genesis 12 and of Nathan in 2 Samuel 7:11-17.

In a way, the Old Testament is really the story of the family of Jesus.  The main characters follow a family line that is described throughout the Old Testament.  For example, Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac.  Ishmael is the father of today’s Arabs who are bitter enemies of Israel.  However, the Old Testament follows the line of Isaac while Ishmael is only mentioned.  Another example is Judah, the fourth born son of Jacob.  The Bible follows the family of Judah while his brothers are only mentioned.  Both of these examples are even more interesting because neither one was the first born.  Usually, the first born is the one who inherits the father’s wealth.  God takes care of His Word.

The story of the lineage of Judah is an amazing story told in Genesis 38.  Although the chapters before and after this chapter of Genesis are all about Joseph, Chapter 38 begins and ends with Judah and his sordid affair with his daughter-in-law Tamar.  I strongly recommend that you read that chapter and check out the chapters before and after.  You will wonder why God put Chapter 38 in the Bible because it had nothing to do with Joseph.  We now know that the chapter tells us about the lineage of Jesus.  From the illicit affair between Judah and Tamar, Perez is born who is in the lineage of Christ.  There is no other reason for Chapter 38.  God takes care of His Word.

There are many more examples like the one above, but I want to suggest that you consider the entire Bible as all of God’s Word with nothing added or deleted that He did not approve.  When you are reading your Bible, I have no doubt that you are reading a very rare and special book that has no equal.  When you see the story line in the Old Testament as the story of one family line that leads to the birth of Jesus, I hope you have a moment of awe that there is no way that man could have written the Bible without the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  God takes care of His Word!

Now, you should be reading and studying this wonderful book, because God wants you to get to know Him.  He has told you so much about who He is and what He is like.  Every Believer should develop a hunger for the most unusual and amazing book that has ever existed.  It is a book that should be read daily and continually.  It never gets old, and you learn something new every time you read it.  God takes care of His Word!

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