Episode 045 – Genealogy Christmas Pt 2: Son of Abraham

Key Passage(s): Matthew 1:1-17

In Pt 1: Son of David, we learned that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant for the Jews. Now Matthew wants us to understand that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant. But what does that mean? And how does Matthew “prove” it in the genealogy? Well, buckle up, because what Matthew does next is astounding, and its implications for our lives and for this Advent Season will leave us encouraged and grateful that we get to part of the family of such a loving God.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
  • Have you ever felt like you were outside of God’s promises? Why or why not? Did hearing the stories of Jesus’ history change your perspective at all?
  • Have you ever thought that your brokenness can be used to show the restorative nature of Jesus? Have you seen this reflected in your life or in the stories of others you know?
  • On a scale of 1 (only those just like me) to 10 (everyone), how wide a spectrum of different people do you welcome into your life?
  • How do you inadvertently/unintentionally not welcome all people? (This may be a blind spot that others can help you discover.) Are there certain people you find harder to welcome?
  • How will you begin this week to reflect the heart of God in welcoming all people?
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  1. N. Alee December 11, 2018 at 11:30 am - Reply

    It’s wonderful to hear the lineage of Jesus summed up this way. Especially to know Matthew included the women with less than stellar reputations in his account. This reminder to be as inclusive as Jesus’ lineage is so important. God please help me to welcome all in the way that you do. Amen!

  2. Michelle December 11, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I love this series. Going through the genealogy is opening aspects of God I hadn’t expected. Thank you!

    • Brad Gray December 14, 2018 at 7:23 am - Reply

      Yes! So glad you’re experiencing the series that way, Michelle.

  3. Harold Goldbeck December 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    God’s message of reconciliation toward all begins in Genesis. Ruth has the moniker of ” the Moabites” throughout the book of Ruth. She was born in Moab. God had cursed that people group and prevented them from becoming part of the Mosaic covenant for 10 generations, which is like saying forever. However Ruth like Abraham chose to believe in the God of Israel, cling to Naomi, leave her land and people and attach her destiny to Israel unto death. Ruth did not have a shady background, she showed a loyal love that is exemplary to us all and therefore she became apart of the covenant inspite of God’s judgement. Talk about amazing grace.

    • Brad Gray December 14, 2018 at 7:24 am - Reply

      Great comments, Harold. Thank you for sharing. Amazing grace indeed!

  4. Wesley Campbell December 11, 2018 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    ” Son of Abraham “, you touched the heart of the message of our Saviour! I cannot thank you enough!

  5. Sue Christian December 11, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    I think this passage also shows that God values women. They play an important part in the story of the Bible and God’s kingdom that is to be restored. 🙂

    • Brad Gray December 14, 2018 at 7:22 am - Reply

      WITHOUT QUESTION!!! Great point, Sue 🙂

  6. Susan Lutz December 12, 2018 at 6:51 am - Reply

    So thankful for this series to draw my heart into Christmas. Thank you, Brad.

    • Brad Gray December 14, 2018 at 7:19 am - Reply

      You are most welcome, Susan. Much love to you and David!

  7. Doug December 12, 2018 at 7:57 am - Reply

    What an incredible message for today! Jesus came to unite cultures, countries, and contexts behind the banner of God’s love. In the United States (and much of the world) which seems to be so heavily divided for so many different reasons, my prayer is that Jesus will once again, through His disciples, unite all cultures, countries, and contexts behind hope, rescue, and restoration! Thanks for the inspiration, Brad!

    • Brad Gray December 14, 2018 at 7:18 am - Reply

      Great comments, Doug! Thank you for sharing these 🙂

  8. JasonD December 12, 2018 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Brad….WOW! This one actually brought tears to my eyes as I often wonder how God and Jesus could stand by someone like me with struggles and sins. Very moving and a great reminder that we are all children of God, whether we’ve got it together or not!

    • Brad Gray December 14, 2018 at 7:14 am - Reply

      I’m grateful God met you in that way, Jason!

  9. Karl and Holly Figg December 14, 2018 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Brad, great job tying in how the Promise to David focused on the Jews while the promise to Abraham was inclusive to all people, regardless of our mistakes. I appreciate how you communicate the breath and depth of the Gospel and how we can see it throughout scriptures, even in a Gospel Genealogy. Even in a gospel which I always thought was primarily written for the benefit of the Jews, I see he is reminding all of us that God’s heart is for all people. Your teachings are an integral part of mine and Holly’s Tuesday morning devotions together.
    Thank You, Karl

    • Brad Gray December 14, 2018 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Great to hear, Karl! And yep, God is for all people, and it’s amazing all the many ways He demonstrates that in Scripture.

  10. Bill Black December 21, 2018 at 8:03 am - Reply

    So Abraham was from a Gentile nation created in Gen 1:26 thus YEHOVAH starts there?
    Appears that the downfall of creation has to do with the incorrect passing on of seed?
    Since Jesus didn’t fulfill all of the Messianic promises then and there, must we see Him as being revealed as the future Messiah thus why the Jews did not receive Him as such, correctly so?
    Seems Jesus is presented as an easier way, John 3:16, to all that His Father, the original presenter of His-YEHOVAHS, Salvation so that anyone anywhere can come to the Fathers Salvation w/o having to begin by proving, as in Acts 15, that they are willing to come in by the requirements of the Fathers Laws.

  11. Charlotte Graham November 24, 2023 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    I am enjoying your teaching series so much. You bring out details such as the Davidic Covenant and Abrahamic Promise and how they relate to the genealogy of our Savior. Things that I and probably a lot of people would not connect to the genealogy. Thank you. I am grateful for my friend who pointed me to your website.

    • Brad Nelson November 28, 2023 at 8:52 am - Reply


      We are so glad you’re listening and following along. It’s such a privilege to do this work and share it with others who are wrestling with the Text and trying to live it out.

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