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Who is Telling the Story? Dale Beaver 12/03/2017 Watch In Focus Listen Notes

Matthew 9:9
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.


In Defense of Matthew’s Authorship
The superscription of the ancient manuscripts
The testimony of the Church Fathers: Papias and Irenaeus


Luke’s Prolific Writings
Luke is the longest gospel
Luke, as an author, is our largest N.T. contributor



Luke (2157 verses)

Paul (2032 verses) 

John (1416 verses) 

Mathew (1071 verses) 

Mark (678 verses)


Acts 1:1-2

1In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach 2until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit.


Luke 1:1-4
1Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us. 2They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples. 3Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also have decided to write an accurate account for you, most honorable Theophilus, 4so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught.


So how do Matthew and Luke tell the story of Jesus’ birth?


Matthew 1:1
This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham.


In Matthew we see Jesus proceeding from the royal line of his earthly forefathers.


Luke 3:38 

Kenan was the son of Enosh. 

Enosh was the son of Seth. Seth was the son of Adam. 

Adam was the son of God.


In Luke we see Jesus proceeding from the Father.


Matthew 1:2

Abraham was the father of Isaac.

Isaac was the father of Jacob.

Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers.


From Judah there would come the Messiah and King.


Genesis 49:10
The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants, until the coming of the one to whom it belongs, the one whom all nations will honor.


Matthew 1:11 
Josiah was the father of Jehoiachin and his brothers (born at the time of the exile to Babylon).


The king did of his own accord go out of this city before it was taken, and did undergo a voluntary captivity with his family, that the sanctuary might not be delivered up to the enemy. 

-Josephus, Wars


Matthew 1:3-6

Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah (whose mother was Tamar).

Perez was the father of Hezron. Hezron was the father of Ram.

Ram was the father of Amminadab. 

Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. 

Nahshon was the father of Salmon.

Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab).

Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth).

Obed was the father of Jesse.

Jesse was the father of King David.

David was the father of Solomon (whose mother was Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah).


Women in Matthew’s Genealogy
The purpose and value of women.
God’s love is also for the Gentiles.
The unexpected and unlikely heroes of this story.


Matthew 1:16

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.

Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called the Messiah.


Matthew 1:17 
All those listed above include fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah.


Why 14?  


Do You Hear What I Hear? - Traditional 
O Little Town of Bethlehem - Traditional
Who Is King Herod? Jeff Hudson 12/10/2017 Watch In Focus Listen Notes
Matthew 2:1-12 (NLT) (Page 800 in the bible under your armrest)
Matthew 2:13-21 (NLT)
What happens when we think our kingdom is threatened?
King Herod, the monster, who tried to kill Christmas!
God is committed to the advancement of His kingdom!
How far are you willing to go to protect your kingdom?
There is a bit of King Herod inside all of us.
God’s divine plan and purpose cannot be stopped!
What Should Be Our Response?
We need to see God’s Kingdom for what it is … Infinitely greater than our own!
We need to see God’s power for what it is … Completely unstoppable!
We need to see our resistance for what it is … Totally Futile!
We need to see our lives for what they are … An opportunity to give glory to the Lord!
Music Downloads
Who Are These Angels? Christmas Worship Celebration 12/17/2017 Music
Who Are Mary and Joseph? 12/24/2017

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