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Daily Bible Reading (Monday, January 1st)


Matthew 1 (ESV)


The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram,[a] and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph,[b] and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10 and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos,[c] and Amos the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

12 And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel,[d]and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15 and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ[e] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed[f] to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.


  1. Matthew 1:3 Greek Aram; also verse 4
  2. Matthew 1:7 Asaph is probably an alternate spelling of Asa; some manuscripts Asa; also verse 8
  3. Matthew 1:10 Amos is probably an alternate spelling of Amon; some manuscripts Amon; twice in this verse
  4. Matthew 1:12 Greek Salathiel; twice in this verse
  5. Matthew 1:18 Some manuscripts of the Christ
  6. Matthew 1:18 That is, legally pledged to be married


What is fascinating to me in this chapter is how in control our God is. He is a God of order. We see it in creation and we see it in how he orders the geneaology of his incarnation. We also see his complete control over his greatest creation as he gives the faith that is needed to Abraham, David, Solomon, and then to Joseph and Mary. They didn't muster up this obedience on their own or because they went to a Bible Teaching Synagogue, but God gave it to them in his Grace and used them to facilitate His plan of redemption. I can only imagine how he is ordering my life and the life of the flock at BF for his purposes and pray that he will continue to work through us to accomplish his great purposes in San Antonio.

Continuing.......to fear. Pregnant and unmarried she could have been stoned to death.

Mary's obedience and courage makes me think what do I really hav

I have read this chapter many times and now I can honestly say that I understand it. I’ve gleaned more from these verses than I had
before. What stands out to me is the obedience of Joseph and Mary. I didn’t see it before but I’m encouraged by their obedience to the Lord without any hesitation. They didn’t ask questions but faithfully trusted God with the outcome, no matter what. May I be faithful in what He is calling me to do. My desire is to share the Gospel and not be fearful but with boldness. So many need to know. Lord, may I continue to hunger and feast on Your Word.

The sermon from yesterday was really encouraging for us as a family, our desire is to keep reading the word of God along with our spiritual family and meditate on it, let's pray so we can not only start well but finish the year we'll. Bendiciones!

We were struck by God's faithful plan to use unlikely individuals to usher in the birth of Our Savior. The genealogy established His manhood and His being born of the Holy Spirit established His deity! Fully God and fully man. Praying we as a family will be committed to His Word, to prayer and to being bold in sharing this truth with others this year.

I’m so happy to see such a great start to the reading of the New Testament in 2018. I hope to be glean from this.

God is definitely a God of order and purpose. We looked at the genealogy of Christ in Matthew Chapter 1 and compared it to Luke's record in Luke 3:23-38. I was reminded of the importance of knowing a little about who is penning the book and who he is writing to.

Also found interesting that the intent and purpose of Jesus' birth was told from the start (v.21); to save HIS people. This was a great reminder of encouragement for me to spread the gospel to EVERYONE because I don't know who His people are until they are His people.

And, Joseph did the hard thing by staying with Mary. This encourages me to be obedient to God; trust Him.

So much from such a seemingly mundane chapter. (So much more than I even mentioned here.)

Dawn-the verses in Chapter 1 do not answer your question. These verses explain Mary’s pregnancy as being the result of the supernatural work of the Spirit. However at Jesus’ birth not only was He truly man but still truly God. In regards to His ministry we will see statements in Chapters 3 & 4 of the Spirit descending on Him and leading Him. You might have more questions then.

I couldn't figure that out, Dawn... But if John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb (Luke 1:15), then SURELY Jesus was... who was FAR GREATER.... But that's my assumption based on Scripture. Not actually what the Bible says...

Great reminder of God’s faithfulness to come to His people and save them at the perfect time, thankful for the example of obedience also that Mary and Joseph modeled even when they didn’t understand. Praying that we would have a fruitful year of trusting the Lord in obedience to His Word!

Starting a new year thankful to know that I don't ever have to starve for direction from the Lord. Praying that we, as the body, would encourage each other to feast on the word of God together.

What an amazing example of faith and obedience from Mary and Joseph. I pray that my husband and I can follow their example in 2018 and be as obedient.
Also, I love geneology. To have the gift of knowing the generations before our savior is a privilege. Gods plans are perfect.

42 generations from Abraham until Christ’s birth in 3 sets of 14; this wasn’t accidental. I wonder what genealogical counting God is doing right now from Christ’s ascension to His return? I know the timing of His return won’t be accidental either.

The genealogy is a comforting reminder of God's sovereign hand over all events of history, the past, present and future. I can rest in his plan and stop trying to work it out myself!

Going into the New Year with thanksgiving for the reminder that our Savior was born to die and we are born to live and live abundantly to tell others the beautiful story of redemption! Praying for Believers Fellowship in this New Year that we will rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character and character produces hope and hope does not put us to shame because Gods love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Rom 5:3-5 Happy New Year family!

Genealogy he is a prominent subject in our culture today to the Jews genealogies were very important I have a question as to why were they important I noticed that Ruth is a part of the genealogy as is Solomon how wonderful that God can take men's rebellion and sin and still work out his perfect purposes we have the Messiah who saves us from our sins and not in our sins and his name is Jesus Emmanuel God In the Flesh What A Savior!

The promises of God are yes and amen. It is an amazing reality that the Son of God clothed Himself in flesh, came to a sinful world to redeem sinful man. Pondering the reality of the birth of Jesus Christ in verse 18, is too wonderful for me. May we meditate on the person of the Lord Jesus Christ and bow our hearts before Him in worship, praise, adoration and joyous gratitude for who He is and His divine accomplishment.

Thankful that we can know that whatever it is that lies ahead for us this year, God is with us. Immanuel! Praying that we would look to Him in every circumstance.

Having just celebrated Christmas, I found it easy to initially run through the chapter in a 'same old, same old' sort of fashion.

But I remind myself that Christ's coming to save me from my sins, and the effect of His gospel for the salvation of His people is never old news. And that it does not grow stale with maturity, but sweeter. I've grown to understand God's holiness in a way I didn't know when I was converted, I've found out that the sin that brought me looking for a Savior, by itself, was not so serious as all the sin I wasn't even aware of. And I didn't realize how impotent I was to bear good fruit, without Him. So the further I walk with Christ, the more immediately aware I am that I need a Savior, Immanuel.

Pray along with me that we at BF will all be as quick to obey as Joseph was, even when obedience is difficult or doesn't make sense to us.

This is going to be great for us. Feasting on God's Word with like minded people. We visited the church last December and fell in love with it. We have been following John MacArthur and Grace to You Church along with R.C.Sproul for several years now and have been looking for a bible teaching church. Matthew had to establish the bloodline of the Messiah in order to fulfill the prophecy of Isa 7: 14 and the virgin birth. We are new at this commentary thing so bear with us lol

Feasting on the Blessings of obedience. Blind to what is to come and standing on The Word from the Lord, they are modeling real character traits\fruit that will sustain them. Rahab the prostitute is Jesus great grandmother.

I’m so blessed to know that God sent his son for me to die for me and save me! Thank u Jesus!

Was Jesus born with the Holy Spirit indwelling? Since vs 18 says, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit and vs 20 for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

42 recorded generations from Abraham to Joseph! Jeconiah was cursed yet Christ ended up being King of kings

Joseph and Mary's obedience in things that didn't make sense to them and even required difficult things of them is an amazing example of what my obedience to God should look like... I have a long way to go.

It would be interesting to meet Mary and Joseph.... They sound like normal, everyday people. I know they were... but it would still be interesting to know their personalities and talk with them about what it was like to handle these issues. Now we know what the culmination of all this was, but then they were simply walking in faith, trusting God, not knowing the details of His plan.

What a great way to start off the New Year - feasting on the Word of God! And what a great passage to start off with! Joseph was told to name the child Jesus because He WILL save His people from their sins. Nothing can stop the Lord from saving His people! Nothing can stop the Gospel! What a great encouragement that is for me to both be faithful to proclaim the gospel this year and to pray for the Lord to raise up workmen for the harvest. He has said that the harvest is plentiful, all we need are workmen. Praying that the Lord would be exalted through the salvation of His people here in
San Antonio this year.

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