Art by Marian and Rachel Winchell
Art by Marian and Rachel Winchell

Read: Matthew 1:1-17

We all are a part of a family tree.  All of us come from somewhere.  We all have parents, grandparents, and other connections which help us know who we are and where we came from.  Matthew begins his writings about Jesus by describing Jesus’ family tree.  This helps us understand that Jesus was connected to both Abraham and David (Matthew 1:1).  This reminds us that Jesus was the fulfillment of a promise God gave to Abraham long ago (in Genesis 12:1-3) and that Jesus would be David’s descendant who would establish His Kingdom forever (2 Samuel 7:4-17). 

Question of the day: Are there any names in Jesus’s family tree that you recognize?

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