Jesus’ Ancestors (1:1-17) Part Four
But the common people, those illiterate, impressionable labourers, farmers, and shop-keepers, also had their say:
“Could this be the Son of David?” (Mt. 12: 23)
“A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy o me!'” (Mt. 15:22)
Perhaps the ultimate declaration, albeit not from the apostles, nor the people, was the voice of the demonic spirits, no better illustrated than by Luke 4:33, 34:
“In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, ‘Go away! What do you want with us Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
This is what Matthew wants to stress–Jesus is Son of Abraham, Son of David, Son of Man, Son of God. He ‘is’ the Messiah. Thus the genealogy.