The subjects and the study leaders for the main
studies are to be:
"The Generation of Jesus Christ, Son of David, Son of Abraham"
Bro. Mark Evans
ďDo we give enough time to genealogies in the scriptures? Perhaps we skip
over them when they form part of our daily readings. But "ALL scripture is given
by inspiration of God....that the man of God might be perfect, throughly
furnished unto all good works". God willing, we are going to consider some
genealogies in our first sessions, mainly using Matthew chapter 1 as the basis
for our remarks. Here we find the most important genealogy in the Bible for it
gives the royal lineage of our coming King, The Lord Jesus Christ.
But the first 17 verses pose some interesting problems. e.g. Why are 42
generations split into 3 sets of 14? And since there are 42 generations, why are
there only 41 names given? Why the unusual inclusion of women? Moreover, why
include women who appear to be of dubious backgrounds? And why have a genealogy
of Christ through Joseph at all-when Joseph was not the father of our Master?
I hope that these and other considerations will stimulate our interest
and encourage us to give more time and diligence to those genealogies which we
won't have time to cover during our week together but which, nevertheless, have
been left on record for our learning.Ē
Jonathan - Faithful Friend and Loyal Son
Bro. Reuben Evans
ďAs the firstborn son of King Saul, Jonathan should, by rights, have been
the next king of Israel. We know well enough his character to realise he would
have been a marvellous leader over Godís people. And yet it was not to be.
Our studies will, God willing, show us the uncomplaining way he accepted
the apparent injustice of losing his future throne and instead embraced,
educated and engaged the one who was to take his place.
We will explore his faithful friendship with David, his loyalty to his
father and above all his love of Yahweh. We will see how Jonathan stood in the
midst of one of the most complicated love triangles in scripture! And yet how he
balanced these relationships skilfully and wisely in all he said and did.
Our simple aim over our five studies is to travel through his life as
itís presented and to ensure that we leave our school understanding why David
loved this man, and how fortunate Israel were to have Jonathan supporting his
errant father behind the scenes.
By Godís grace, I pray we will enjoy taking some practical lessons from
the greatest king Israel never had.Ē
Matthew - Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven
Bro. Adam Pavett