Thursday, August 27, 2015

Matthew 1:2-6 Y'shua's Claim To The Messianic Line, Part Two

As I wrote, in the part one, genealogies may appear boring to some, a deeper look reveals a supernatural message from God. First, let's read the text in it's natural form.

"Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judah and his brethren;

And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;

And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;

And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

And Jesse begat David the king; "

Now let's take the names and look at their meaning. As we do this, let the Spirit lead you and allow him to speak. 

Name: Meaning

Abraham: father of a multitude
Isaac: he laughs
Jacob: heel catcher
Judah: the praised one
Pharez: a breach, division or rupture, broken through
Esrom: enclosed, Dart of joy, division of a song
Eram: high, paradise, landmark marking the correct direction
Aminadab: one of the princes people, the kinsman
Naasson: enchanter, one who seeks or reveals knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means.
Salmon: raiment or garment, that holds wholeness or peacefulness.
Boaz: in him is strength
Obed: serving or servant, bondage
Jesse: wealthy man, husband
David: beloved

Put together, could this message mean.

"The Father, of many, laughs at the heel catcher. The Praised One has broken through.

Is God, our Father, laughing at Satan, as referenced in Genesis 3:15, because the Promised Messiah has arrived?

"Enclosed, but bursting out in joy, to mark the correct direction to Paradise."

Is this a reference to the Messianic earthly arrival through the womb of a woman, pointing the way to salvation? 

"A Royal Kinsmen, the one who reveals knowledge of the future and the unknown, by supernatural means."

Is this referencing to the Messiah as a Son of Man, with supernatural abilities?

"A clothing that holds wholeness or peace."

Is this a reference to the Messiah being a covering of our sins, resulting in our eternal peace and completeness with God?

"In Him is Strength, an obedient servant, a Man/Husband of the Beloved."

Finally, does this mean that the Messiah is strong enough to be completely obedient until death, resulting in him being the beloved Bridegroom of all believers?

I think you know my answer to all these questions, what do you say?

Every time I see one of these messages, I am awestruck at how amazing God is. Why am I surprised? Shouldn't we expect this from a supernatural God?


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Matthew 1:1 Y'shua's Claim To The Messianic Line, Part One

A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:

I remember when I was younger, that I would quickly scan over any genealogy, that I found in the Bible. I read through it quickly and did not pay attention to the specifics. I just wanted to get through them and get to the good stuff.

However, I have found, that delving deeply into a simple introductory verse, such as this one here, reveals so much that is important to the average believer in the Messiah. With that said, let's look at what this first verse is saying to us.

The first verse is telling us that the following verses are a record of the laying out of Y'shua's claim to be human, which is very important for you and me. Without Y'shua humanity intact, it makes his claim to be our Passover lamb invalid.

Ever since Adam and Eve fell from grace, God has made it quite clear that innocent blood was required for the remission or forgiveness of our sins. When Adam and Eve first disobeyed God, their eyes were opened and saw their sinfulness or disobedience, symbolized in their nakedness. They knew immediately that they had to cover themselves and did so with a Figleaf.

However, God came and removed their figleafs and replaced them with animal skins, which signified, to them, that a sacrifice of innocent blood was required for their covering. The sticking point here is that this temporary covering had to be renewed periodically, because what was really required was the innocent blood of the one who sinned in the first place. That would be Adam or one of his descendants.  The problem was none of Adam descendants were or have ever been innocent. All were stained with the blemish of disobedience or sins.

The whole Law and sacrificial system was put in place to show us that no matter what we do, we cannot pay for our sins with a sacrifice that would be wholly acceptable to God. But, God had a plan to supply a sacrificial lamb that would be innocent and free from the blemish of disobedience and be part of the lineage of Adam.

God supplied his only son, who was human, with the Spirit of God, to be that perfect sacrifice. He tethered his son to a real human family line to qualify as the Passover lamb, which would be wholly acceptable to God as a sin offering. That is what chapter one lays out.

Since Matthew was laid down as a message to the Jews, the genealogy starts at Abraham, the father of the Jews, continuing through David, ending with Y'shua's adoptive father, Joseph. As a sidenote, Y'shua's real human name is Y'shua Ben Joseph. Please compare this genealogy with the one in the Book of Luke. He shows the lineage from Adam to Y'shua. Combined, they revealed that Y'shua is and always will be not only the Son of God, but the Son of Man.

As far as the Spirit side of Y'shua, we'll get to that, later in the book.

Shalom and have a Great Day!