"Family Stories" About Matthew 1.1 - 16 By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

If I read the book chapter of Matthew, we see that the author or story begins with the genealogy of Jesus. This may for a Westerner is a bit unusual (and even boring) but for the Jews, who had directed the book [1], was normal. No one could claim to be Jewish if he could trace his genealogy to show that all were of Jewish blood and this excluded the priesthood and all kinds of service in the Temple. [2]

In the monotonous recitation of genealogy, are some interesting notes (Matthew 1 NIV):

                           I. 3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar;
                         II. 5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab;
                       III. 5 .... Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth;
                      IV. 6 ... David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Urias;
                        V. 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, who was the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called the Christ.
In all five cases appointing women that characterized synthetically see:

a. Tamar: Married to Judah's eldest son Er. Er died childless. Judah, attentive to the Law of Levirate, ordered his son Onan to marry her yle her a son, so that "the name of his brother so disappear from the face of the earth." But Onan, women enjoyed but did not want to leave offspring to not undermine his legacy. So when he had intercourse with his wife Tamar, poured out his seed [3]. God was angry with the attitude of Onan and killed him. Widow Tamar two healthy young men before conceiving, acquired a reputation for being cursed. So no one was rescuing of her widowhood. Viewing her time passed and withered his chances of being mothers, by a ruse deceives his father and lie with him, thus being pregnant with Perez and Zerah. We have then the case of a woman scorned.
b. Rajab: In Joshua 2.1 says that Rajab was a prostitute of Jericho. So foreign was also exercised oldest profession in the world: Two strong reasons to be discriminated.
c. Ruth was a Moabite and according to tradition was priestess of the god Chemosh [4] in their homeland.
d. Bathsheba: Solomon's mother had been the wife of Uriah whom David command quit amid war enemies in order to steal his wife was pregnant in an act of adultery with King David.
e. Mary: Mother of Jesus was stigmatized by society of his day by getting pregnant before the marriage was consummated with Joseph. A proof of this is found in John 8.41 where religious Jews say to Jesus that they were not children of fornication like Him

You could say that viewed in this way, the genealogy of Jesus more than I favor it a bit complicated. But also consider that he lived all his life in Nazareth (Galilee) was a town so small that when Philip tells Nathaniel that his brother had found the Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, Nathaniel replies, "Can anything good of Nazareth "[5].

However, Jesus was not limited by his kindred, nor was self-conscious about the gossip. Nor felt diminished to come from a small town and poor. He studied the Torah with such enthusiasm that at twelve could speak as equals with teachers of the Law (Scribes and Pharisees) and still astonish by their understanding and discernment of the Scriptures [6].

Jesus had no limitations because He took refuge in the Most High. And God gave him an anointing that strengthened him so he could carry out his ministry.

For us it is the example: Nothing can stop us fulfill God's plan for our lives. If we take refuge in Him, our measure is complete.


[1] William Barclay in his commentary to the New Testament says that the first version of this gospel was in Hebrew.
[2] 59 The following returned from Tel melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer, but they could not prove Israelite ancestry: 60 From the descendants of Delaiah, Tobias and Necoda
61 Of the priests, the following were also unable to demonstrate their Israelite ancestry: descendants of Jabaías, Cos and Barzilay (the latter married a daughter of a Galaadite called Barzilay, which took its name). 62 These sought their genealogical records, but they did not find, were excluded from the priesthood. 63 Gov. They were forbidden to eat of the sacred food until a priest decide their fate through the Urim and Thummim. Ezra 2.59 -63 NIV.
[3] The term comes masturbatory Onan (for men who practice masturbation).
[4] A Chemosh babies were offered in sacrifice, which were burned alive.
[5] John 1.46
[6] Lucas 2.46


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