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Upon opening the New Testament, we see that the book Matthew begins like this:

1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.  Matthew 1:1-2 (ESV)

Thus begins a list of 42 names ending with the name of the Savior, Jesus Christ.   This list, referred to as the genealogy of Jesus Christ, is often greeted by the reader with a quick scan, a brief look at some of the unfamiliar names, and a skip ahead to the next section of Matthew’s gospel.

Not so fast!  While the first reading may not be the best time to delve into the list, there are many benefits to going back and understanding the rich stories behind each person there, as recorded in the Old Testament.

May the Holy Spirit be with each one of us to teach us and encourage us through His word as we go through the genealogy. May He build up our faith and grant us a joyful life as we delve into the heritage of our Messiah, Jesus Christ, today.

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