14, 14, 14 – Why?

“So all of the generations from Abraham to David are
Fourteen Generations; and from David until the carrying
away into Babylon are Fourteen Generations;
and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are
Fourteen Generations.”  Matthew 1:17.

When we examine closely the pattern in nature as well as our background we are struck how very precise what God did when we see the creation. The opening of Matthew, the tax collector gives to us when we examine the Holy Scripture. The first sixteen versus is an affirmation how well God has ordered all lives.

Our culture does not understand this idea of how exact: Jehovah | God is. This fact is true as to nature, the heavens and the life in the waters on our earth.

Matthew would be expected to be exact because the man was a member of mankind. Why the Lord chose fourteen is not known and I cannot even begin to understand the reason.

Between Abraham to David there were fourteen generations. Then between David and the exile into Babylon there were fourteen generations. What this shows us is that the subject matter of Matthew is a person.

In our culture this description would not be possible. First our records are incomplete. The sitting down of generations has never been a priority for us in our Western culture. Then as people we do not care. It is a new group of people.

DISJOINTED

When a nation or even a culture becomes so morally bent – then, destruction will follow. Little, if nothing can be done to save it.

On April 22, 2016, at 7:00 PM,  my wife and daughter went to hear Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Event at the convention center of the Prestonwood Baptist Church. There were few gospel hymns sung. It was mainly contemporary music that was loud. There could be little meaning to the words. The women were dressed on the cheap. The men appeared to need a bath and a shave.

Bill Gaither in the past has blessed people with singers and musicians. It was a total disappointment! Bill Gaither has been such a musical force in society. He will go down if this continues. The problem is his organization now embraces the shallow culture. My hope is that this attitude will be short lived.

In the beginning of the blog the statement was set out that God is a precise God. Actions and plans have meaning and a specific purpose. Those who plan and follow the plan are going to be successful. Remember singing and preaching are not for self-glory, but to lead and to teach others about Jesus Christ our Savior.

Churches and Christian speakers are so disappointing in the presentation of the Gospel that people are confused.

Here are areas of confusion:

• Is grace enough for redemption?
• Is communion each Sunday necessary?
• Is immersion a commandment?
• Is prayer a necessity for a Christian?
• Is money tithing a necessity for a Christian?

 

There are but a few questions that are answered in Matthew. The purpose of this blog is help the readers to know Christ better and to the able to defend the faith from the infidels and liberals who come from the progressive theology seminaries.

KING JESUS

In Matthew Jesus Christ is given as king. In the book of Matthew Jesus is referred to as king. In the genealogy it can be seen that Christ was a descendant of David and other kings after David. He was royalty.

A king has certain characteristics. These men who are kings are to be given gifts. This happened at the beginning when the Magi came. He was given gifts all during his life even at the tomb where he was laid.

A king has a kingdom. Jesus has a kingdom on this earth but he will have another also around the Holy city. The earthly kingdom is temporary. Then the king has an earthly military force. On the globe it is called the church. The conscripts are all volunteers. We serve him by choice. Also a monarch looks after his subjects through various means. In this case the final abode and will be a place of peace and rest for his own.

GREAT THRONES

The writer of Matthew wrote from the view point of a teacher. There are at least five great sections. These are the sections which can be studied in detail.

First, the most noticeable is what we call the Sermon on the mount. This is found in Matthew 5,6, and 7. This informs us how we are to act in the new kingdom. It contains the new covenant and law.

Second, these will be problems in the new association. This can be read in Matthew 10.

Third, there are the many possibilities. It has always been a question whether these are true events or illustration. It seems to me to be true events. These are found in Matthew 13.

Fourth, here is about how to be great as well as being able to forgive when someone attacks us. You might see this in Matthew 18.

Finally, this is the return of Jesus to judgment. This is the one that puzzles as set out in Matthew 23 and 24. This generally upsets the reader because of the foretelling of judgment and end of time as we know it.

What I have set out is an explanation what the book is about. In the weeks ahead my hope is a greater concept will be given of Matthew. There is all but nothing known about Matthew, especially after the resurrection Matthew 9:9 tells of his calling.

“And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man,
named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and
he saith unto him, follow me. And he arose and
followed him.”

 

TROUBLED ENGAGEMENT

In Matthew 1:18, he sets out what happened. This young Jewish woman; probably a teenager was pledged to be married, when it was described that she was pregnant. We do not know what all was said between the two. Neither was supposed to have had any sexual relationship before the engagement. Now Mary announced she was with a child.

This was troubling to the infidels and liberals of their day.

Supposedly this could not have happened. God sent his spirit into the womb of Mary. Briefly this is set out in Matthew 1:18.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:
When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph,
before they came together, she was found with
child of the Holy Ghost.”

It is common in our day for a young couple who are to be married to have a sexual encounter before the marriage vows. This has produced a horrible kind of ending. Here is a list:

No father in the home
• A mother who is promiscuous
• Undisciplined children
• Abortion
• Violation of Gods law
• Refusing to follow law of the land.

The Bible tells us in Matthew 1:19, Joseph was upset about this. In fact, he did not know what to do under the circumstance. In that culture he could go through a form of divorce which he thought best. This is told to us in Matthew 1:19.

“Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and
not willing to make her a public example, was
minded to put her away privately.”

In the past God has used angels as messengers for some event. In this case it was the announcement that a Savior was going to arrive which would be for the good of all mankind. Both Mary and Joseph knew a special event was to happen.

Matthew 1:20-24, asserts this fact so that we know just who Jesus was.

“But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel
of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph,
thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy
wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

And she shall bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins.

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was
spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,
and they shall call his name Emman’u-el, which being interpreted
is, God with us.

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the
Lord has bidden him, and took unto him his wife:”

In scripture prophets were used for various announcements. Sometime these people were used as preachers of the word of God so that society would adjust to what God demanded. Other times he would foretell the future. This comes from the passage in Isaiah 9:6.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and
the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his
name shall be called wonderful, counselor, the mighty
God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Then in Isaiah 7:14, it states that a virgin should conceive.

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold,
a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his
name Im-man’u-el.”

Men want a solution to their problems. It was true then –  just as it is now.

In our system of government solutions are proposed yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily. Most of these are without merits. These are times when it seems we are literally ruled by idiots, imbecile’s, and the insane. The biggest mess at this time is the Middle East when war and destruction are way of life.

Even though it was started before Hillary Clinton, or George Bush or Obama were born, they have been a part of the civilization of all of this. Could it be Ron Paul is right when he said “they didn’t come over here until we went over there.”

What the first chapter is about is that an announcement was made of major importance. Have you noticed before some great undertaking there is an announcement telling what was sought to happen?

The plans for peace are failures so the only thing that will bring about change will be Jesus Christ.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

ALL THAT THRILLS MY SOUL

Who can cheer the heart like Jesus
By His presence all divine.
True and tender, pure and precious
O, how blessed to call Him mine.

All that thrills my soul is Jesus.
He is more than life to me.
And the fairest of ten thousand
In my blessed Lord I see.

Love of Christ so freely given,
Grace of God beyond degree.
Mercy higher than the heavens,
Deeper than the deepest sea.

What a wonderful redemption,
Never can a mortal know.
Ho my sin, though red like crimson,
Can be whiter than the snow.

Every need His hand supplying,
Every good in Him I see.
On His strength divine relying,
He is all in all to me.

By the crystal flowing river,
With the ransomed I will sing.
And forever and forever,
Praise and glorify the King.


Gerald K. Fugit
DiggingOldWells.com
April 24, 2016

 

 

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