A couple of things fascinate me about the genealogy listed here in the first 17 verses. First, numbers fascinate me and I love that there are 14 generations from Abraham to David, 14 generations from David to the exile in Babylon, and 14 generations from the exile to Christ. Second, I love that the genealogy includes a variety of people from heroes like Abraham, Isaac, Ruth, and David; to those with shady reputations like Rahab; to the ordinary like Hezron and Ram; to the down right evil like Manasseh and Abijah. God’s plan is always perfect and can be fulfilled no matter who he choses to use.
I love Matthew 1:21 where it says, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”” I love it because it gives significance to the name Jesus. One of the notes in my Bible say that Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua which means “The Lord Saves”. I learn something new everyday… I always thought Jesus was a Hebrew name.