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Well, good morning, Northgate Christian Fellowship, such a privilege to be with you, pastor Larry and I have talked about this for a couple of years, and now we've finally been able to make it work out. I'm happy to be here, proud of him and his ministry and his growth, visiting a church in Arizona years ago and not be able to come here. It's great. I've seen him down to hope a number of times, and just to continue our relationship. It was nice to see Arnie and Trish have a singing up here. They reminded me there. They graduated in 1993. So that's back in the day. I taught a hope for 33 years, and now I'm part time as a special assistant to the president, which is fancy term saying I'm doing some alumni relations and some church relations. And so it's just so good to be able to come and to be with you.
And I've, I've worshiped with you indirectly before. And I don't mean online and online folks. We're glad you're here and glad that you're participating. But a number of years ago, the church created a DVD, a worship DVD. Maybe some of you are here. Then the whole congregation saying led by the fine worship team. And Jesse Peterson sent me a copy of it. And so I played it over and over and over again. And I particularly was moved by a great, I am that song just every time song. I just, I played it over and over and over again. Cause it was just so moving so powerful. And so I participated with you in that. And I appreciate that that ministry that you all did through the worship team at that time. Well, when you know, he calls me and that do the genealogy of Jesus, right?
One time you decide, you're gonna read through the new Testament. I'm gonna begin at Matthew and you start reading and you said, I don't know who these people are. I don't know how to pronounce their names. I really don't care. I got to keep on going. Maybe there's more coming now. Be honest with me the next time you read Matthew, you skip the first chapter. Then you read the first verse and oh yeah. Now that comes in all those names, forget it. And you jump to the end. They went to the next part, right? How many people did that? Come on. There's a great majority of, and I get it because you would think that a writer would begin with some kind of thing to pull people in. That's what teachers, preachers, writers are supposed to do. Pull people in, make a connection there somehow.
And you say, wow, this is boring. There is no connection here at all. But what I'm hoping to show you is that there was a connection to the people, to whom he was originally writing to, and that these people were drawn in. And he's trying to utilize that because it was important for them to know that this Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, the son of God. And most of them, not most importantly, but very importantly, that he is the son of David, because from their perspective that the Messiah had to be of the kingly line of David. And he is going to demonstrate that in a number of ways, I hope to show you, he also, because he's writing in a Jewish people, either for people to convert to Christianity or people who are Christians, to confirm them in their faith, that he's trying to do that in a number of other ways as well.
So he, more than the other gospel writers will say it is written or it was written, or these words came from such-and-such because he is trying to show that Jesus was a fulfillment of the old Testament scripture. And then he does something brilliant the way he structures his book and the teachings of Jesus. We have five major teachings of Jesus. In fact, if, if you have a red letter Bible, you know what I'm talking about, that the words of Jesus are in red. If you look at Matthew, you're going to find a lot of red that Jesus was saying, but you're going to find five major sections chapters five through seven chapter 10 chapter 13, chapter 18 chapters, 23 through 25 are all red with maybe a couple narrative notes that is showing something that Matthew is trying to say to these folks. And that is, he presents Jesus as a new Moses as the new law giver.
And that he is the fulfillment of the old Testament law. What we call the law of Moses, the Torah, the Pentateuch Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, numbers, and Deuteronomy. Those are the law of Moses and Jesus is novel new law giver. So in the fifth chapter, he gives a sermon on the Mount, which takes the law of Moses and goes deeper with it, taking it to as to what it was meant to be, not just the outward act. God, isn't so concerned with the act as he owes upon the heart, because out of the heart, the most speaks and whatever is in your heart is what you will eventually say and do. So he's not so concerned about what you're saying and doing as he's concerned about what's inside because what's inside will eventually come out. So he makes that change, that adjustment. And he shows Jesus as being the fulfillment of it.
And he says that it's on a mountain side. And if you look at the beginning of the serving amount, Matthew five one, it says, then he went up on a mountain. Well, it wasn't really a mountain. Your Hills here are higher than the mountain where Jesus gave that message. Okay. But he is making a statement there that has Moses got the law of Moses, got the law from God, the 10 commandments on the Mount Sinai. Now Jesus, again, is giving this new law through the sermon on the Mount. So he say, he's, he's saying something in all of this. And I hope today I can give you a little bit of an indication of what Matthew was saying about Jesus through the genealogy. But before we get there, I want to give a little bit of my genealogy just to give you a little bit of context as to who I am just a little sliver of it, but also, so I hope that it'll fit into what I'm going to say about the text.
So, first of all, hi picture of my maternal grandfather, my mother's father, this picture is taken about 1909. He is in his late twenties at that time. This is actually his first wife. This is not my grandmother. The Wella Luella was a school teacher, but she had cancer. And my grandmother took care of her. She died and took care of the children. Then after she died, then my grandfather married my grandmother and she raised the five children to have there's four here, but they had five and they had together, my grandmother and grandpa had eight children, three of whom did not live to adulthood. So five did. So there were 10 kids. And my mother was the ninth of those 10 people. My grandfather went to work when he was 15 years old and he worked in the steel mills in Chicago. And he worked there for 50 years.
And then he was married to my grandmother, 50 years and a couple of months after their anniversary and a heart attack and die. On the other hand, I have my paternal grandfather. And in this case, my grandmother, Nick and rose Grana, they were from Sicily and came over to the states in the early 19 hundreds. So I have family connections. If you know what I mean, I not only have God the father on my side, I have the godfather as well. So you don't want to get this Italian stallion a little upset at times because all I've got to do is make a phone call. Hey, I got a, I got a job for ya. Okay, God, please bless him. You know, I don't know how I reconcile that, but I just kind of try to so Sicilian, my dad was a silly and he was the typical Italian father in charge in control, strong, strong person.
My dad actually owned a bar until I was a senior in high school. So I grew up in a bar and it was on the wrong side of the tracks again, literally. Cause that's where he grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. But bless him. He, he helped me a lot. So I never knew Nick and rose. They both died before I was born. Grandma was in her fifties. She had cancer and died. Early fifties. Grandfather lived about 20 some more years have to be about 75. And I just want to tell you two brief stories about grandpa Nick. When my grandma, my dad was a little boy by five years old, grandpa and dad used to play this little game where grandpa put them up on the table and my dad would jump off and grab a Nick would pick him up and catch him, excuse me.
And put him back on the table, throw him down, grab him. He put them on a table at one time. When my dad jumped off the table, grappa neck moved out of the way, let him fall to the floor. And my dad looked up. He was a little hurt. He was hurt a little bit, but he was, his feelings were hanging on what to choose to do. And his dad and Nick put a finger right in his face. He said, let that be a lesson to you. Don't you ever trust anyone? When I learned that story and I didn't learn it until I was about 20 years old, it made me understand my dad a little bit more because he didn't trust anyone. I always wondered why he was so cautious and so negative. And it was always questioning, but that helped me understand it.
But there was more to the story than that. So when my dad's a young man in his twenties, he wants to buy a house, but the bank won't loan him the money, but they will loan it to my grandfather. So the bank loan and the insights in my grandfather's name, but my dad made the payments. Now he was an alcoholic, not an alcoholic. He didn't drink at all. He was a workaholic, which was interesting by the way, he owned a bar, but he never drank, okay, he's a soldier. He was just wanting to make the money from it. He didn't want anything else from it. So he's in his twenties and he he's, he's working like crazy. He told me that for a two year period of time, he worked 19 hours a day, seven days a week. So for two years he worked 19 hours a day, every day at a couple of different jobs so that he would have the money to be able to pay off this house.
And he does. And he goes to his father and he says, dad, I've off the loan. I'd like to get the title in my name. And grandpa, Nick says, Joe, that was my dad's name as well as Joe said, that's great. Now that house was mine. If you want it, you can buy it from me. And he had to pay for that house the second time, once to the bank and once to the father, you didn't really learn the lesson that his dad said don't trust anyone. He didn't think it meant him, but it did. So I tell you that to give you a little context, but also maybe you can relate to it. Your family, you have the good, the bad, the ugly you have the righteous and the unrighteous. So you have the caring and the not caring. You have the honest and you have the crooked ones, you know, the people without much ethics.
And what I'm going to show a little bit today is that Jesus had the same thing within his family. His family had the good, the bad and ugly as well. And he, of course, we rose above that and he was able to change the projectory, not only of his family, but the projectory of the human family, because of who he was. No, it's all this genealogy is centered around Jesus, but it's also centered around Jesus, great grandfather king David. Now he's not literally his great grandfather because he's not his father, his grandfather. It's a little play of words I'm giving here is that among his grandfather is a great one. Okay? He's the great grandfather. But as we're going to see in the genealogy, that to be the son of somebody in the scripture does not always mean the biological signup. Let me give you a little personal example.
I have three grandsons and then a step grandson. And the other night we were having dinner with our grandson, Ethan he's 19 years old. And whenever I see Ethan, I give him a hug and I say, Ethan, boy, I always call him my boy. And, but he's not my boy. He's my daughter's boy. He's not my son. He is my grandson. And yet he is my son. He is my boy. You see what I'm saying? I don't have to say grandson all the time. Here's my boy. He's my son. And so the scripture does the same thing. So sometimes when it says son of so-and-so, it means grandson or great grandson of them cause they skipped some generations. So with that in mind, let's, let's look at the, the jeans neology of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. So let me just stop there for a moment that David is not the son of Abraham, right?
Abraham lived a long time before, but he is of the line of, of Abraham, the beginning of the Jews, the Jewish family. Now David is the king. And so David is the son of Abraham. And we have that little song to do you know that? So father Abraham had many sons, many sons had filed their Abraham. I am one of them. And so are you, so let's just praise the Lord, right hand, left hand, you know that little song. Are you familiar with that? Okay. So I can say I'm a son of Abraham as well, but obviously, you know, I'm not literally his son. So this is true here with David. Now, you know why Larry wanted me to preach on us. He can't pronounce the names and you know what? I can't either. So I'm not going to pronounce them all. I'm going to skip around a little bit.
So here Abraham is the father of Isaac and Isaac, the father, Jacob and Jacob, the father of Judah. And then I'm going to skip down and skip some of that stuff. And after the exile, Jeniah was a father of jets hill. And then the one I really like is in verse 13, Zerubbabel in that a cool name. Zerubbabel you got to say that one with me. Zerubbabel one more time, please. There's a ruble. You need to go back to the old Testament. You'll remember Zerubbabel right. Go back and read the little story about him and what he did was really very significant. You see these names are more than names on a page. These are people. These are people who lived and loved and hated who had passions and desires and hopes and dreams. And so they're more than the name. There's something behind the name. And we don't have the time to go into all these names, but hopefully we'll see what a couple of them have for us. So then I'm going to skip the verse 17. Aren't you glad I go from one to 17 with a couple of names here. Thus, there were 14 generations in all from Abraham to David 14, from David to the exile, the Babylon and 14 from the exile to the Christ. Now we've already talked about son of David, son of Abraham.
The here is something where you see, Matthew is a tax collector. He's an accountant. Matthew is a first century CPA. And, but we'll have a little bit of a problem with him here. Okay? Here's the problem. First of all, he says there were 14 generations between each of these and you look in the old Testament and that's not true. There are more than 14 generations. So why does he do that? Why don't they say it like it is, but because he's being theological here, not just historical, he's trying to say you see 14 is David's number Hebrew. Alphabet doesn't have any balls. They have vowel sounds, but they're not part of the alphabet. All of the alphabet are consonants and each of the continents have a numerical value. So David's name is dollar [inaudible] D V D. He was the first DVD player. You know, that's a little bit out of date, but he was a long time ago, right?
So he was ahead of his all right. So DVD and the D is for the VSX and the D is four. Again, that's 14. His number is 14. So Matthew deliberately says there are 14 generations between each of those times, because he's trying to say something to his original audience, that he is a son of David. Jesus is, and now he is saying, David, David, David son of David, son of David sounded David. And then the accounting thing comes in because 14 plus 14 plus 14 is how much come on. Some math people, 42, right, 40 to 42. But there are 42 names. There are 41. Now the accountant isn't you can't count to 42. I mean, I know that's more than fingers and toes, and that's going to be a little bit of a problem, but no he's done something deliberately. He puts David into lists the end of one and the beginning of the other.
Why does he do that? Because he is stressing by saying, he's the son of David. He says it overtly here. He does it symbolically here. And then he does it through emphasis of putting them into lists that say, this Jesus is of the line of David. He's a son of David, the son of David, the son of David and the people that he originally wrote it to God, you and I don't. And I include myself because somebody had to teach me, I didn't know this, but all of a sudden, now this kind of sense. And this is important to the audience whom that he wrote. And he drew them in. I met them where they were because they needed to know he was the son of David. Now with these three generations of 14, where he says, there are 14 generations from Abraham to David and David is the greatest of the Kings 14 generations to the exile, which was Israel's greatest shame and 14 generations to Christ, which who becomes their greatest hope.
You see, I think there's a lesson to be learned that that people were born for greatness up their greatest king. David, the people lost their greatness. And so down to the greatest shame, the graded that's greatness can be restored through cry. It's kind of like Adam and Eve they're in paradise, but because of their sin, paradise is lost. Then ultimately the coming of Christ paradise can be regained. You. I maybe can identify with that because we could get in the same situation. We were born for greatness. We were born to live out the image of God. We were born to honor him. We were born to live lives that are our right and Justin and according to his will, but all of sin and fallen short of the glory of God, there is none righteous, no, not one. The greatness that we were born for, we lost.
And we continue to struggle with that. Don't wake, we continue to lose it. But through Christ, there is a hope that that greatness can be restored and we can become the kind of people that we ought to be February become a because of Christ. Not because we're good, but because he's good. Not because we are righteous, but because he is righteous, then we become righteous through him. So that which we've lost through sin can be regained through Christ. And that there's hope. And there he is the Christ. He is the Messiah. He is the savior of the world. Now we can learn, I think a few insights from the people that are listed there. And one of the lessons that I would have a C is that ethnic barriers are broken. And I say that because some of the people rehab and Ruth are not Jewish.
Now that's kind of interesting to me because the Levi's who are the priests of the day had to show that they were Levi's all the way back to the era of the priestly tribe. And their wives had to go back four or five generations. So it was important that they were pure Levi it's that they were of that tribe. And they were of that, that lineage here we found, and it was pure here. We find the Messiah who you'd think would be purely Jewish, but he's not. He has some mixed blood. He's kind of like me. You remember Mike, one grandfather is Italian. My other is German. And then my grandmother, she was Swedish. And then she said with a pinch of French, so I'm half Italian, half quarter German, quarter Swede with a pinch of French. And you're like that too. Aren't you? And you may even be more diluted than that.
The ethnic barriers that people put up Jesus is tearing down because I'm not going to tear down that, which I've come from you see, and he's wanting us to tear that barrier down as well. And it's so evident not only in the United States, but throughout the world, that these are barriers that people up and the divide that people have, according to their ethnic background and in Christ, they're knocked down and in the church of all places, they have to be knocked down. If we're going to be Christ, psych, and second lesson comes from the gender barriers have broken as Matthew draws in his audience by saying his son of David, Sandra David's son of David Simon, David, it keeps repeating this in different ways. He throws in these women. Now, if you ever read anything in the old Testament, you really skipped over this part, but it has all these genealogies and so-and-so is a son of so-and-so's son of so-and-so son of so-and-so. It's always through the mail, right? And so that's what the Jewish mindset would be used to. And all of a sudden, he is kind of slapping them in the face and he's throwing in these women. What are they doing? Therefore, I think Matthew is doing that because he's making a statement. He's making a statement that the gender barriers that society has put up Jesus is knocking down and the church is knocking down. See, this would have been revolutionary that time, but it still is in our time, it was much worse than it is now, but it's still there. It's still within the church as well. But Jesus is breaking that down. So he throws in Tamar, Ray, Hab, Ruth, and then it says wife of Uriah who's by Sheba. And then Mary, the followers of Jesus, woo porters of Jesus fulfill with women. We have a great story about Mary and Martha.
Remember that story? Some of you folks know he went to their house and have dinner and Martha's getting dinner ready. And Mary sits at his feet. Now that's more than just a description. That's saying something you see when a rabbi would teach, he would sit down and the students would sit at his feet and they would learn from him. He didn't have formal desk and such. They would be wherever they are. They would sit down and teach. So when it says that Mary sat at Jesus' feet, it's more than a description of what she was doing. It was making a statement that she was learning from him. She was a disciple. She was one who was being taught by Jesus, which would be highly irregular at that time. But you see Jesus breaks down the barrier. And then when we get to the resurrection of Jesus, this is crazy.
Who's the first person who tells other people about the resurrected Jesus it's Mary Magdalene, somebody that he had thrown seven demons auto. And by the way, she was not a prostitute though. She'd been talked about that by the church by years, texts never says that just says she had seven demons. She was known as an apostle to the apostles by the early church. And what's so amazing about this is that within that culture, it would have been an embarrassment for a woman to make a testimony like that. About a resurrection of Jesus. Women then could not testify in court. They had no legal rights and yet God chose Mary Magdalene to be the first one. Why? Because he's breaking all that. And he say that that women have this opportunity to proclaim the gospel as well. The gender barriers that people have placed up, and we see it even worse than other parts of the world, right?
We have enough in our own and other parts of the world, Jesus has knocked those down and the genealogy has helped show him that. And the way he lived helped show that as well. One other lesson that I'd like for us to see is that religious barriers were broken. Not all the people in this list are nice. People, just like all the people in my family were and are not nice people. And in your family, they're not all nice and good people. They're not all ethical people. They're not all moral people. We have the good and bad and ugly, unless you have a really usual family. Mine was originally maybe just all one. It was just all ugly. You know, it was just all the bad guys. And thank God. I was able to figure it out of that, that there's, and these people that I told you, the stories behind there's incest, there's adultery, there's prostitution, there's murder, there's all kinds of things.
And if you read a little bit of old Testament, you read some of these people's stories that are mentioning. You'll find those stories there. The religious barriers that people put up of those who disagree with one another, Jesus has knocked down the moral barriers of say, oh yeah, you got to be this good righteous person. And if other people we can be judgmental towards him, no there, but the grace of God go, I, all of us have been set. We have sin. And as only through Christ that we're made, right, we have no place to judge. In fact, Jesus said, I did not come to judge, but to save. And if Jesus came to not, the judge in the safe, seems like the church ought to do the same. If we were more involved in the saving business, we'd be less involved in the judging business.
We're more involved in the saving business. The people that we judge, we wouldn't have to judge them anymore because they be saved too. Did you follow that? I say that too fast. Okay. If you say it's a whole different mindset and that's why Jesus is trying to bring to us, which then leads us to this, regardless of who you are or where you came from. Jesus can identify with you, whatever your gender, whatever ethnicity, whatever your religious background, whether whether you've been moral or not, Jesus can identify with you. And he came for you. He came and you might have life and have it abundantly. He came from people who are far away from him that you and I know that would never dark in a place like this, but Jesus loves them and cares for them. And he wants his church to live in such a way that they might see Jesus living through them.
And so Paul writes these words based upon this fact, he says, there's neither Jew nor Gentile. There's no ethnic background. There's neither slave nor free. There's no economic barrier in, in Christ. There's neither male nor female for all one in Christ. And then he writes this in Ephesians for himself is our peace who has made the two groups, Jews, and Gentiles. He's chief from the jet Jewish point of view. There are Jews and everybody else has a Gentile. So those are the two groups. So he made from the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility fact, even in the temple, there was a sign that says, no, Gentile can go beyond this place. And if they do so they're in danger of losing their lives at the church. If you will, people could be killed by going into the inner sank.
And it'd be like here, oh, if you're a non-Christian, you got to stay out in the lobby. You can't come in here. This is for the holy people. Can you imagine that? That's the way the temple was at that time, that's a dividing wall of hostility. And he came to destroy that barrier setting aside in his flesh, the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create an himself, one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put the death or hostility on the cross, Jesus extinguished, evil, evil was extinguished in the cross because nobody killed him. He, he allowed himself. He sacrificed himself. You, you, you, you can't evil. Can't destroy, love evil. Can't destroy sacrifice, Jesus conquered it. And then when he resurrect from the dead, he destroyed evil, totally extinguished in the cross. And he blew it away by resurrecting from the dead. And so he's called us to peace, peace to ourself, peace, to those who are different than us. Peace to those that are different genders. And we are peace to those who believe differently than we do to those who are far and near in the coming weeks, pastor Larry is going to be going through the book and he's going to be able to tell stories and teachings of Jesus, which are going to put into practice these concepts. When you get to the sermon amount, he said, you've heard that it was said you shall not murder. But I say, if you're angry with your brother without, cause you murdered him, you've heard that it was said, you shall not commit adultery, but if you've lost after someone you've committed adultery in your heart, God is concerned. As I said before, more what's in your heart. Then the actions that you have, and we're going to get through this book and be able to see Jesus reaching into the heart of us to make a difference so that we can find peace. I'm a part-time teaching pastor at the refinery Christian Church in Goodyear, Arizona. So I travel over there from California about once a month. And our lead pastor has a saying, he said, I want you to do this month to put joy on your calendar. And I don't mean just put the word joy up there, but something on your calendar, that's going to bring you joy. It might be a family gathering and maybe going to a ball game. I might be going fishing and whatever it is that brings you joy, put that joy on your calendar.
So every month you have joy to look forward to. And I've been riding a lot of emails to alumni recently. And so I've, I've kind of adopted that. I said, put joy on your calendar, but I've added something else and put peace in your heart. And my hope for you today is that you'll put joy on your calendar, but you also put peace in your heart and that peace can come through the prince of peace. The one who's the Christ, the Messiah, the savior of the world who's come that we might change. And we'd be more like him and we'd have any eternal peace passes, all understanding because he lives within our life. Let's pray, dear Jesus, I thank you for what you've done for us. I thank you for what you are going to continue to teach us in these coming weeks and months, I pray that your word will just come alive and it'll make us come alive. That you'll help us father to live in a way that's pleasing to you, brings glory to you, but also brings peace and joy to your world. The world can change. Our world can change if we allow you to do so in your name, we pray. Amen.