When was the last time you worked on your resume? What kind of things did you include? Was there anything you purposefully left off???
In Jewish culture, your genealogy was like your resume, people knew a lot about you simply by your last name and your ancestors. What would people know about you from those details? Have you or someone in your family ever worked out your entire family tree?
In what ways does the beginning of Matthew echo the book of Genesis?
How was Jesus the fulfillment of God’s covenant to David in 2 Sam. 7:12-17
How was Jesus the fulfillment of God’s covenant to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3
How long did it take for God’s covenants to David and Abraham to be fulfilled? What does that tell us about God? (He always fulfills his promises & He doesn’t operate on our timelines)
The “good stuff” in this genealogy/resume was that there were unlikely people contained within it. What kind of encouragement does that give to us? (It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done & We operate differently as God’s family than the world - no unnecessary divisions)
The life of Jesus begins with a genealogy not “once upon a time”. What is so significant about that?
How does the “reality” of Jesus change you? The “fact” that Jesus is “fact”; how should that change us?