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Expository thoughts on the Gospels : St. Matthew

by John Charles Ryle

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4 And Aram "begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson ; and Naasson begat Salmon;

5 And Salmon begat Booz of Eachab; and Booz begat Obed of Bath; and Obed begat Jesse;

6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the Wife of Urias;

7 And Solomon begat Koboam; and Koboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;

8 And Asa begat Josaphat: and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram

10 And Ezekias begat Mana»s«e; and Manasses begat Amon, aud Amon begat Josias;

11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;

13 And Zorobiibel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;

14 And Azor begat Sadoc; andSadoc begat Achim: and Achim begat Ehud:

15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

17 So all the generations, from Abraham to David, are fourteen generations; and from David, until the

, carrying away into Babylon, are four

9 And Ozias begat Joathnm; and teen generations; and from the carryJoatham begat Achaz; and Aehaz be- ing away into Babylon unto Christ, gat Ezekias; are fourteen generations.

These verses begin the New Testament. Let us always read them with serious and solemn feelings. The book before us contains not the word of men, but of God, Every verse in it was written by inspiration of the Holy Ghost.

Let us thank God daily for giving us the Scriptures. The poorest Englishman who understands his Bible, knows more about religion than the wisest philosophers of Greece and Home.

Let us remember our deep responsibility. We shall all be judged a_t the last day according to our light. To whomsoever much is given, of them much will be required.

Let us read our Bibles reverently and diligently, with, an honest determination to believe and practise all we find in them. It is no light matter how we use this book. Eternal life or death depends on the spirit in which it is used.

Above all let us humbly pray for the teaching of the Holy Spirit. He alone can apply truth to^our hearts, and make us profit by what we read.

The New Testament begins with the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. No part of the Bible is so important as this, and no part is so full and complete. Four distinct Gospels tell us the story of Christ's doing and dying. Four times over we read the precious account of His works and words. How thankful we ought to be for this! To know Christ is life eternal. To believe in Christ is to have peace with God. To follow Christ is to be a true Christian. To be with Christ will be heaven itself. We can never hear too v—-much about Jesus Christ.

The Gospel of St. Matthew begins with a long list of names. Sixteen verses are taken up with tracing a pedigree from Abraham to David, and from David to tho family in which Jesus was born. Let no one think that these verses are useless. Nothing is useless in creation. The least mosses, and the smallest insects, serve some good end. Nothing is useless ia the Bible. Every word of it is inspired. The chapters and verses which seem at first sight unprofitable, are all given for some good purpose. Look again at these sixteen verses, and you will see in them useful and instructive lessons, f

Learn from this list of names, that God ahvays keeps His word. He had promised, that in Abraham's seed all the nations of the earth should be blessed. He had promised to raise up a Saviour of the family of David. (Gen. xii. 3 ; Isaiah xi. 1.) These sixteen verses prove, that Jesus was the son of David and the son of Abraham, and that God's promise was fulfilled.—Thoughtless and ungodly people should remember this lesson, and be afraid. Whatever they may think, God will keep His word. If they repent not, they will surely perish.—True Christians should remember this lesson, and take comfort. Their Father in heaven will be true to all His engagements. He has said, that He will save all believers in Christ. If He has said it, He will certainly do it. "He is not a man that He should lie." "He abideth faithful: He can not deny Himself." (2 Tim. ii. 13.)


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