Beneath Matthewâ€™s genealogy is the story of Godâ€™s salvation plan through Abraham, David, and Christ. Notice that the record includes not only Jews, but also a few Gentiles, all of them women who had tarnished reputations. But as Paul says, all those who are Christâ€™s are Abrahamâ€™s offspring, heirs according to promise (Gal 3:29).
This is why we celebrate Christmas. This is why we have joy at Christmas. This is why we could say with David, â€œMy heart shall rejoice in your salvation!â€ This is why the angels in heaven rejoiced at the birth of Christ, because his birth was â€œgood news of great joy that will be for all the people.â€
God commands us to worship him regularly and continually. His word is the standard by which our worship would be acceptable to him. We are to offer sacrifices to him to be able to come before him in worship and thanksgiving.
With two, not three, swings of his staff at the rock, Moses struck out of the Promised Land! But we have a Mediator better and more complete than Moses. Moses could not give the people Living Water. Only God could. And Moses could not accompany Godâ€™s people into the Promised Land. Only Christ could, by his provision of the Living Water of eternal life.
The book says about the women’s turns in the king’s chamber, “In the evening she would go in, and in the morning she would return to the second harem” (Est 2:14). Now we know that a night with a king widely known for being a womanizer was not spent on exchanging pleasantries.
Christian, Jesus is your “spy” who knows everything about your Promised Land because he came down from there. He assures you that your Promised Land is the heavenly city, beautiful and abounding in Godâ€™s blessings. Its inhabitants are not wicked enemies you have to fight and conquer, but righteous friends with whom you will fellowship for eternity. Its fortifications do not just reach up to heaven, but the city is in heaven itself, safe and secure from all evil.