The following is based on (Complete Jewish Bible and the New International Version)
Keep remembering that the Bible was not meant to be a world history. It is a historical record of what happened in one family line. And though Adam and Eve had many other sons and daughters after they were commanded to leave their perfect home in the Garden of Eden, the only “branch” on the family tree that is traced completely in the Bible is the lineage that runs from Seth to Jesus, son of Mary … Son of God.
So far we’ve seen this much of Adam and Eve’s family tree:
Adam and Eve ==> Seth ==> Noah ==> Shem ==> (Abram & Sarai) ==> Abraham and Sarah ==> Isaac ==> Jacob ==> Judah and Tamar ==> ==> Salmon and Rahab ==> ==> Jesse ==> David ==> Solomon ==> ==> ==> Mary and Joseph
(NOTE: If you look carefully at the genealogies recorded in Matthew 1 and Luke 3, you’ll notice that they are not identical. To many people, this seems like a contradiction. But Bible scholars believe that Matthew was looking at Mary’s family branch and Luke was concentrating on Joseph’s, since it was not culturally accepted at that time to mention women as ancestors in family genealogies — though exceptions were made in Matthew’s record for Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba (“Uriah’s wife”). Personally, I think we also have to factor in that not EVERY generation was included. The custom was to call individuals “the son of ____ (insert the tribe that they originated from)” … that’s why Jesus was called “the son of David.”
And this is where we left off:
Once again, it was time for the Lord God to provide a savior for His people, because He still desired RELATIONSHIP with humankind. He chose to accomplished that by returning to planet Earth (in the avatar form) as Jesus, the promised Messiah — Jesus, the Son of God … Jesus, God in the flesh!
Beginning with David, God spoke through His prophets to give bits of information to help people recognize the Messiah when he came. There has been much speculation over the years about which verses and fragments of writing are actually prophecies and which refer only to someone from the time period in which they were written.
For your consideration, here are a few verses that are consistent with facts concerning Jesus’ birth and early life …
- The Messiah (Savior) would come from the line of Abraham. Prophecy: Genesis 12:3. Fulfilled: Matthew 1:1.
- Messiah would be a descendent of Isaac and Jacob. Prophecy: Genesis 17:19 and Numbers 24:17. Fulfilled: Matthew 1:2.
- Messiah would enter the temple. This is important because the temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and was never rebuilt. Prophecy: Malachi 3:1. Fulfilled: Luke 2:25–27.
- The Savior would be from the lineage of King David. Prophecy: Jeremiah 23:5. Fulfilled: Matthew 1:6.
- Messiah’s birth would be accompanied with great suffering and sorrow. Prophecy: Jeremiah 31:15. Fulfilled: Matthew 2:16.
“Christian prophecy is remarkably specific. In detail as to lineage, birthplace, time and lifestyle, Jesus matched the Messianic expectations of the Hebrew Scriptures. The record of this fulfillment is to be found in the pages of the New Testament. As you review the more extensive list of Jewish Messianic prophecies, allow G-d to speak to your heart and your mind as you seek HIS truth.