“So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.” Matthew 1:17
Ever wonder why in the world the Holy Spirit would inspire Matthew to take an entire verse to summarize what he had just done in the first sixteen verses by dividing up Jesus’ genealogy into fourteens????
From Abraham to David – Fourteen Generations
From David to Babylon – Fourteen Generations
From Babylon to the Christ – Fourteen Generations
What is the point?
Matthew has a Holy Spirit inspired agenda: Jesus is King over everything.
In Old Testament times, names were assigned numbers. Don’t ask me how or why all of this was done (go ask the smart guys). But they did. Every name was also given a number to represent their name. Guess who had the number fourteen? The greatest King Israel had ever had up until that point – King David. Matthew is setting the birth of Jesus up beautifully. . .
The Spirit of God inspired Matthew to summarize Jesus’ genealogy by showing how it divided neatly into three separate generations of fourteen in order to point us to a major theme of his Gospel – Jesus is King.
Think about one of the last things Matthew records Jesus saying: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me” (Matthew 28:18).
Jesus is King, period. He is your King whether you acknowledge it yet or not (see Philippians 2:10-11). For those who bow in submission to Him now – everlasting joy. For those who reject Him as King over their lives – everlasting pain.
Christmas reminds us that the baby born was and is and always will be a King.
Come and Worship, Come and Worship, Worship Christ the newborn King.