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Matthew’s Begats

19 December, 2009

Be prepared.  This is impressive.

Words and music by Andrew Peterson

Abraham had Isaac
Isaac, he had Jacob
Jacob, he had Judah and his kin
Then Perez and Zerah
Came from Judah’s woman, Tamar
Perez, he brought Hezron up
And then came

Aram, then Amminadab
Then Nahshon, who was then the dad of Salmon
Who with Rahab fathered Boaz
Ruth, she married Boaz who had Obed
Who had Jesse
Jesse, he had David who we know as king

David, he had Solomon by dead Uriah’s wife
Solomon, well you all know him
He had good old Rehoboam
Followed by Abijah who had Asa
Asa had Jehoshaphat had Joram had Uzziah
Who had Jotham then Ahaz then Hezekiah

Followed by Manasseh who had Amon
Who was a man
Who was father of a good boy named Josiah
Who grandfathered Jehoiachin
Who caused the Babylonian captivity
Because he was a liar

Then he had Shealtiel, who begat Zerubbabel
Who had Abiud who had Eliakim
Eliakim had Azor who had Zadok who had Akim
Akim was the father of Eliud then
He had Eleazar who had Matthan who had Jacob
Now, listen very closely
I don’t want to sing this twice
Jacob was the father of Joseph
The husband of Mary
The mother of Christ

It has been said that this is the most important part of the story of Christmas in an African believer’s opinion.  This is the evidence of Christ’s deity.  To know the genealogy of anyone for 42 generations is extremely amazing to me.  And to see the names in this genealogy is evidence of God’s plan and providence and promise coming to reality.  This is what the people of the Old Covenant put their faith in.  And for those who chose to accept it, their faith became sight through this genealogy which includes murders, prostitutes, Moabites, kings, and fathers and great grandfathers and great great grandfathers who all told of the coming of a Messiah, promised by God to Abraham long long ago.

And then the angel visited Mary, and the rest of the story is the typical Christmas story.  But let’s not forget this genealogy.  I have only just realized how truly important it is in the past few months.  The genealogy of Christ is equally important as the fact that His name is Jesus, that he was born in a manger, and in Bethlehem of all places.  All of those things fulfilled the dozens of prophecies about this child.  All of them show that He is the Christ, Son of the Living God.

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