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The Hope of the King (Matthew 1)

So you are excited to read about Jesus. You open your copy of God’s word to the Gospel of Matthew and you are introduced with a long list of names. Who would start the good news of Jesus with a genealogy? Why do we have a sea of names and why do we have to wade through them? Why not just start in verse 18? The Gospel of Matthew is establishing the identity of Jesus in these first four chapters. He wants you to know who this Jesus person is. Rather than skipping the genealogy, we should consider what Matthew wants us to see about Jesus from this list of names. This will be a two part lesson as we look at Matthew 1 today and next Sunday morning, Lord willing…

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