Family Worship Guide
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Q: Why did Matthew begin his Gospel with a list of names or genealogy?
A: First, Matthew is writing to a Jewish audience, and Jews enjoyed knowing peoples’ genealogy, especially famous leaders.
Second, the genealogy shows that Jesus is from the royal line of David—He is of royal blood. If Jesus is to be heralded and proclaimed king, there must be proof that He comes from the recognized royal family.
Q: What is the purpose of the gospel of Matthew?
A: Jesus is the sovereign King.
Q: What is the purpose of the gospel of Mark?
A: Jesus is the Suffering Servant.
Q: What is the purpose of the gospel of Luke?
A: Jesus is the Son of Man.
Q: What is the purpose of the gospel of John?
A: Jesus is the Son of God.
Q: What are the two Gospels that include the genealogy of Jesus?
A: The Gospel of Matthew and Luke.
I. Jesus Is the King of All History
Q: What are the three names Matthew focuses on more specifically in Jesus’ genealogy?
A: Abraham, David, and Jesus (vv1,17). The names are mentioned before and after he gives the list.
Q: Who is David?
A: He was a shepherd; he killed Goliath, and he was chosen by God to be the next king of Israel. David is known as the greatest king in the history of Israel.
Read God’s covenant with David in 2 Samuel 7:12-13.
“12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”
–2 Samuel 7:12-13 (ESV)
Q: Who was Abraham?
A: He left everything behind to go to a country he did not know. He tried to sacrifice his son. He was the father of the nation of Israel.
Read God’s covenant to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3.
“1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
–Genesis 12:1-3 (ESV)
Jesus is the fulfillment of a king greater than David; He is also the fulfillment of nations being blessed because of the seed of Abraham. The climax of God’s work for humankind throughout the centuries is Jesus.
II. Jesus Is a Gracious King
Q: What is the first thing that Jesus’ genealogy tells us about how God saves?
A: God saves only by His sovereign grace.
Q: Who is Jesus?
A: The name Jesus is the Greek form of the name Joshua or Yeshua which means Yahweh Saves or The Lord is Salvation. The word Christ is not His last name but his title. It means Anointed One or Messiah. Jesus saves the underserving.
Q: Who were the three Gentile women mentioned in Jesus’ genealogy?
- Tamar was an adulteress. She disguised herself as a prostitute and tricked here father-in-law Judah to sleep with her and bore him twins.
- Rahab was a prostitute from pagan Jericho.
- Ruth was a Moabite, and Moabites and their descendants were not allowed near the assembly of the Lord and were known as to be very sexually immoral.
They were saved by the grace and mercy of God.
Q: What is the second thing that Jesus’ genealogy tells us about how God saves?
A: God saves ultimately for His global purpose. The Gentile women show that God’s mercy and grace is extended to every tribe and every nation.
—Pray that people will come to know Jesus as King and Lord.
—Pray for the salvation of your children.
—Pray for our church as we gather next week for service.