Matthew opens his Gospel with these powerful words: “…Jesus Christ, Son of David…” In order to harvest the pearls contained here, we must look for our “shucking knife” and open these words together with the Hebrew Scriptures. Did you know, for example, Jesus and Joshua are the same name in Aramaic and Greek? They are. For Matthew’s audience this offers penetrating insight into Jesus. We can know a lot about Joshua. And what about David? David was promised to be the father a son whose kingdom would not end. If Jesus is David’s son, this is a radical claim being made by Matthew. It sets into motion his entire Gospel!
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