Why Does Jesus Have Two Different Genealogies (Matthew 1:1-16; Luke 3:23-38)?

Bible Questions & Answers

The genealogy in Matthew 1 is that of Joseph, Mary's husband, recorded for legal purposes. The genealogy in Luke 3 is Mary's, showing the royal line.


Jesus Disqualified?

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Some say Christ cannot be the Messiah because of His genealogy. Here is why this argument is fallacious and why Jesus IS our Savior!


Christ's Female Ancestors

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Luke records four female ancestors of Christ: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba. Three out of the four were Gentiles and 3/4 also had glaring sexual problems


Four Views of Christ (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The dominant emphasis of Matthew is the kingly qualities of Jesus as a descendant of the royal house of David, representing the Lion of Judah.


Four Views of Christ (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Luke's gospel portrays Christ as the son of man, the high priest of man, and the savior of man, having all the feelings, compassions, and aspirations of man.


'Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive . . .'

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

To some, the virgin birth is a major teaching, but it is only one of several signs that prove Jesus is the Messiah. Its major purpose is not to glorify Mary.


Three Missing Kings (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus Christ's genealogy in Matthew's gospel leaves out three kings. But which ones are excluded, and what does their absence teach us?


Born of a Woman

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Though the church of God has emphasized His death over His birth, the prophecies of Christ's first advent are vitally important in establishing our faith.


Matthew (Part One)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Matthew wrote his account with the Jews in mind, repeatedly saying, 'This was done to fulfill the prophets,' emphasizing the law and the Kingdom of God.


Why Israel? (Part Two)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Israel failed to keep the covenant with God. However, God withheld one necessary, spiritual ingredient—the key dimension that makes the New Covenant work.


Ephraim and Manasseh: Half-Egyptians?

Sermonette by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

With God, racial identity and racial 'purity' are not the top priority. If we focus upon spiritual Israel rather than the race, this issue should not matter.


Why Three Kings Are Missing From Matthew 1

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Joash, Amaziah, and Uzziah are kept out of Christ's genealogy. Although they started out well, their hearts were turned away by the end of their lives.


Pentecost and the Book of Ruth

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Although many lessons of the book of Ruth allude to Old Covenant teachings, Ruth prefigures New Covenant principles such as mercy, Christ's care, and acceptance.


Three Missing Kings (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Joash, Amaziah, and Uzziah, all kings of Judah, shared a common, spiritually deadly characteristic that kept them from being listed in Christ's genealogy.


The Convicted Soldier

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

A good soldier must exemplify honesty and self-control, qualities God desires in us. Uriah demonstrated this high standard by refusing to violate his code of honor.


Leadership and the Covenants (Part Twelve)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The first use of the word 'grace' in Scripture is in context with the rescuing of Noah, a preacher of righteousness from the line of Seth.