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Sermon Notes: Matthew 1:1-17

Sermon Notes: Matthew 1:1-17

NOTES & SERMON-BASED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Scripture: Matthew 1:1-17

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte

Date: May 28, 2023

 

MAIN IDEA:

  • Jesus is the expected son of Abraham and son of David, the Christ who came to bring the salvation and blessings of God to all the nations.

 

3 APPLICATION POINTS:

  1. God’s saving grace is available to all people and all kinds of people. In Christ, you are welcome!
  2. The Lord expects obedience from His people, He will not leave the guilty unpunished. Examine your motives and actions!
  3. God always keeps His Word, and His promises will come to pass. Trust God’s Word!

 

LEADER’S NOTES:

  • The purpose of your group time is to reflect on God’s truth together, discussing how it impacts your life and walk with Jesus.
  • There are more questions than you can cover in one group. Just use the ones that will best facilitate discussion in your group.

 

GENERAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  1. What stood out to you from the sermon (or from the passage)?
  2. What parts are the most challenging and why?
  3. What parts are the most exciting/helpful and why?

 

SERMON DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Notice how verse 1 highlights both David and Abraham. What is the significance of these two men in the genealogy of Jesus? (LEADERS NOTE: See 1 Chronicles 17:11-14, Isaiah 9:6-7 and Romans 1:1-3 for David and Genesis 12:1-2, 17:4-7; 22:18 and Galatians 3:16 for Abraham. But feel free to also consider other way that these men point to Jesus) What do these things suggest that Matthew is trying to tell us about Jesus?

 

  1. (LEADERS NOTE: Although genealogies can seem repetitive, there are breaks in the repetition that serve to draw our attention to those specific details.) What pattern-breaks do you notice in verses 3, 5, 6? What do you think Matthew is trying to draw our attention to in these verses and why?

For the following questions, consider the stories of Tamar (Genesis 38:12-30), Rahab (Joshua 2:1-6), Ruth (Ruth 1:22), and Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah (2 Samuel 11). (LEADERS NOTE: Tamar disguised herself as a prostitute to get impregnated by her father-in-law, Rahab was a Canaanite prostitute, Ruth was a Moabite widow, and Bathsheba was impregnated by an adulterer, then her husband was murdered by the same man (David).

 

  1. In some ways, genealogies in Hebrew culture were similar to resumes today.
    1. Why, then, is it so surprising that Matthew would not just include, but actually highlight people like Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Uriah?
    2. What does their inclusion teach us about those who are welcomed in the family of God?
    3. How does this give you hope that you (and those you know who are far from God) are never too far gone to be redeemed into the family of Jesus?
    4. How might this encourage you to share your own testimony in a way that brings glory to the grace of God?

 

Notice that verses 11, 12, and 17 also present us with a break from the repetition. This time, they point us towards David (when Israel was united under God’s anointed King) and the Babylonian Deportation (when Israel was exiled into Babylon because of their prolonged covenant unfaithfulness)

 

  1. How do these two events in Israel’s history help us understand the significance of the arrival of Jesus in the gospel of Matthew? What do they teach us about God’s faithfulness and sovereignty? How might this also help us anticipate the second coming of Jesus?