December 24, 2006
"Known unto God are all His works from the beginning"
The accounts of the birth of Christ are elementary, but
profound - they are like baby food in comparison to the
real meat of the gospel - the plan of salvation - and Christ
as presented in the epistles and especially the book of
Hebrews which we have been studying.
Matt. 1:18, 21 - Jesus - Savior
Jesus means Savior - it is the Greek form of Joshua.
The Name Christ means "anointed" - the New Testament
equivalent of Messiah - Jesus is both Priest and King!
The Messiah is the long-promised prophet - the use of the
name applied to the Lord has always a reference to the
promises of the prophets. ("the zeal of the Lord of Hosts
will perform this')
Jesus is the proper name of the Lord and that of Christ is
added to identify Him with the promised Messiah - other
names have been often added:
"Lord" "King of Israel"
"Emmanuel" "Son of David"
"King of Kings" "the Chosen of God"
Joseph was of the house and lineage of David - also Mary -
The number of those who went up to Jerusalem with
Ezra and the names of the chief men.
vs. 2-3 - “of the sons of David; Hattush....”
We should expect to find the house of David first but where
do we find them in actual fact? The royal family ought to
have been foremost in such an undertaking but who was
likely to have felt the evils of captivity as the heirs to the
Only one of his family is mentioned as returning -
Hattush and that third place on the list.
In the first return, Zerubbabel was foremost and there
were 123 returning men of “Bethlehem” - ch. 2:21
Is this the beginning of the descent which ends long after
finding David’s greatest descendant as the “carpenter’s
son” - Jesus Christ?
House of David
Sure Mercies of David
I Samuel 7:8-16
II Samuel 23:1-5
"not so with me...make it not to grow"
II Kings 19:34
David's natural posterity was to be exempt from
neither human depravity nor from punishment nor
from the changes and chances of mortal life!
With them, as with men generally, there would be
a tangled thread of life, of virtue and sin, of folly and
wisdom, terrible fall and penitent recovery - but there
was to be no blotting out of David's house!
The Branch - (or sucker) that was to spring
from the fallen trunk.
Line of David
"Children are an heritage from the Lord" - Psalm 127:3
David's family - Line of the Messiah
Your line! faithful or
My line! unfaithful!?
You may have no children - you may be the end of
your line - but God is faithful - you are still a part
of the plan and Kingdom of God - a symmetrical
part at that - everything has a beginning, an end,
I am reminded of the symmetry of a Christmas tree -
the ends are a part - just the borders - the perimeters -
a part of the Plan of God!
Jayne Ellen and I were talking and she mentioned
"spiritual children" - you may have no natural
descendants but many spiritual children as the
Jesus said that "Except we become as little children
we will not inherit the kingdom of God" - Matt. 18:3
We are to grow and mature in Christ !