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Matthew 1:1 - 25

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Matthew 1:1 - 25 (1)




  1. As we read this passage, note any of these names that you recognize and what you remember about each name.
  2. What exactly was the relationship between Mary and Joseph at this point? (2)
  3. What did Joseph's righteousness compel him to do in verse 19?
  4. Is the point here that his righteousness compelled him to divorce Mary, or that he did it quietly?
  5. Is it ever the righteous thing to divorce someone? (3)
  6. How would you summarize the Bible's teaching on divorce?
  7. How do you think Joseph felt about Mary at this point?
  8. At this point, Joseph thought-I think we could say "knew"-Mary had sinned. Yet, he didn't want to embarrass her any more than he had to. Is that what righteous is about, being sensitive and kind to people, even if they have sinned against us?
  9. God spoke to Joseph in a dream. Does God still speak through dreams today?
  10. How does God speak to us today?
  11. This also speaks of an angel. What role do angels play in the Christian life?
  12. Joseph is commanded to not be afraid. Is he being commanded to feel a certain way, or not feel a certain way?
  13. Is Christian living about believing right, behaving right, or feeling right? (4)
  14. What are some other examples of commands to feel a certain way? (5)
  15. If you were to compare your obedience in terms of feeling right, believing right, and behaving right, where would feeling right fall? In other words, are you doing pretty well in believing right and behaving right, but not so much in feeling right, or the other way around? (6)
  16. How do you think Joseph felt as he heard these instructions?
  17. I think Henry Blackaby might call this a crises of belief. What are some other examples of this kind of feeling in the biographies of other biblical characters?
  18. Have you ever had what could be described as a crises of belief?
  19. What does the name, "Jesus" mean?
  20. What does Immanuel" mean?
  21. Can anyone tell of a memorable time in you life when you felt God was with you?
  22. Verse 23 quotes an Old Testament verse about the virgin birth. Why is the doctrine of the Virgin birth important?
  23. How can we pray for one another this week?

  24. 1. A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:

    [2] Abraham was the father of Isaac,

    Isaac the father of Jacob,

    Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,

    [3] Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,

    Perez the father of Hezron,

    Hezron the father of Ram,

    [4] Ram the father of Amminadab,

    Amminadab the father of Nahshon,

    Nahshon the father of Salmon,

    [5] Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,

    Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,

    Obed the father of Jesse,

    [6] and Jesse the father of King David.

    David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife,

    [7] Solomon the father of Rehoboam,

    Rehoboam the father of Abijah,

    Abijah the father of Asa,

    [8] Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,

    Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,

    Jehoram the father of Uzziah,

    [9] Uzziah the father of Jotham,

    Jotham the father of Ahaz,

    Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,

    [10] Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,

    Manasseh the father of Amon,

    Amon the father of Josiah,

    [11] and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.

    [12] After the exile to Babylon:

    Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,

    Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,

    [13] Zerubbabel the father of Abiud,

    Abiud the father of Eliakim,

    Eliakim the father of Azor,

    [14] Azor the father of Zadok,

    Zadok the father of Akim,

    Akim the father of Eliud,

    [15] Eliud the father of Eleazar,

    Eleazar the father of Matthan,

    Matthan the father of Jacob,

    [16] and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

    [17] Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.

    [18] This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. [19] Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

    [20] But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. [21] She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

    [22] All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: [23] "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us."

    [24] When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. [25] But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. Matthew 1:1-25 [NIV]

    2. As I understand it, this is kind of engaged on steroids.

    These are the facts concerning the birth of Jesus Christ: His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18 [Living]

    This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18 [NJB]

    The birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. His mother Mary had been promised to Joseph in marriage. But before they were married, Mary realized that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18 [GW]

    3. I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery. Jeremiah 3:8 [NIV]

    4. All three.

    5. Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Philip. 3:1 [NIV]

    Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philip. 4:4 [NIV]

    Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11 [NIV]

    But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 1 Tim. 6:8 [NIV]

    6. This is a recent point of fascination for me. It occurs to me that I do much better at believing right and behaving right than I do at feeling right.