The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
1. He is a man.
2. He is a Jew.
3. He is a king.
(1) God's purpose is to bless by a man;
(2) To teach by a man;
(3) To judge by a man;
(4) To rule by a man;
(5) To link earth and heaven together by a man.
(Dr. Bonar.)The text appears at first sight like a valley of dry bones without any life or fertility, or a rugged pass that leads to green pastures. Nevertheless, there are important lessons in it respecting the human race and its relation to the Lord Jesus Christ.
I. It shows THE COMMON ORIGIN OF THE RACE. St. Luke traces the ancestry of Jesus to Adam — the head of the race.
II. THE PHYSICAL CONNECTION OF THE RACE. Having sprung from a common head, there must be a physical connection between the various members.
(1) War seems doubly barbarous and unnatural.
(2) Men ought to sympathize with and promote one another's welfare apart from Christianity, etc.
III. THE COMMON SAVIOUR OF THE RACE.
IV. THE MORAL DISTINCTION OF THE RACE. What a mixture of good and bad there is in the genealogy!
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