And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,…
1. These verses completely establish that essential point in the evidence of the Messiahship of Jesus, viz., His descent from David, Judah, and Abraham. Let this confirm our faith in His Divine mission; let us give our careful attention and firm adherence to the exact and particular doctrines which He teaches; and show a ready obedience to the precepts which He enjoins.
2. Among the ancestors of our Lord, there are found persons of various descriptions and characters.
(1) Though His line frequently runs through the elder brother, it also often runs through a younger brother of the family, which shows that God follows His own sovereign will, and in the course of His providence often makes the first last and the last first, putting down the great and exalting those of low degree.
(2) In this genealogy, too, are found some who were originally Gentiles, and strangers to the covenants of promise, as Rahab and Ruth; a circumstance which gave early proof that in Jesus Christ there was to be neither Greek nor Jew, and that the blessings of His salvation were to be proposed to every nation under heaven.
(3) In His pedigree there are found some individuals who were of abandoned character, and yet He was not thereby disgraced.
(4) It shows that grace does not run through families, but is the special gift of God to individuals.
(5) Our Lord's condescension in accepting such a descent.
3. A glance at these generations which have passed away, naturally suggests a variety of reflections — plaintive, humble, and instructive.
(1) All must die.
(2) The sad consequences of sin.
(3) The vanity of the world. Some few of these obtained celebrity, but how little it avails them now! Of how many the memory, and even the name, has utterly perished! How miserable are they who have no name but that which is written in the earth, and no portion but for this life I Let us seek to gain a more substantial honour.
(James Foote, M. A.)
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