By Charles L. Quarles
Just as Son of David implies far a lot more than that Jesus is merely David’s descendant, so Son of Abraham implies far a lot more than that Jesus is merely born of Abraham’s line. The title Son of David indicates that Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s covenant with David. Similarly, as Son of Abraham, Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham. He is Abraham’s promised seed. Son of David implies that Jesus is like David in several outstanding methods. As the Son of Abraham, Jesus is a new Abraham, the Founder of a new selected individuals. He will fulfill a part in God’s program comparable to the a single fulfilled by Abraham himself.
Matthew could have effortlessly traced Jesus’ ancestry all the way back to Adam, as Luke does in his genealogy of Jesus (Luke three:23–38). By starting the genealogy with Abraham, Matthew areas Abraham in a position of specific prominence. Moreover, the reality that Abraham starts the 1st set of fourteen generations, when David starts the second set of fourteen generations in the genealogical configuration of 3 sets of fourteen generations, suggests that Abraham and David serve comparable purposes in Jesus’ genealogy, as the parallel titles Son of David and Son of Abraham currently imply.
Despite the fact that some recommend that the objective of starting the genealogy with Abraham is to present Jesus as a correct Jew, later statements in Matthew’s gospel make this explanation unlikely. A vital element of the preaching of John the Baptist is the denial that descent from Abraham guarantees enjoyment of God’s specific favor. Matthew three:9 warns, “Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I inform you, God is in a position from these stones to raise up kids for Abraham.” John warns the Jewish individuals that they really should not presume to be correct Jews belonging to God with no require to repent basically due to the fact they are descendants of Abraham. In light of this, Jesus’ identification as the Son of Abraham will have to serve a objective other than marking him as a correct Jew. Most probably, Son of Abraham identifies Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham, as the A single via whom all nations on earth are to be blessed.
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