The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.…
1. This table of our Lord's genealogy, inserted in the beginning of the gospel, invests the book with an air of naturalness and reality, which probably nothing else could have done so well. No man writing fiction would have ventured to preface it with a dry list of obscure names.
2. It connects Jesus and His teachings with all God's revelations and promises which had been given before. It binds up, as in one sheaf, all generations of the church in one uniform moral system.
3. The Lord's ancestral roll serves to identify Him in closer connection and sympathy with the race whom, as their God, lie came to redeem.
4. The account of those who were Christ's ancestry before His first advent suggest the anxious inquiry, whether our names are written in the Book of Life as members of His spiritual family.
(J. B. Owen, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.