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A Survey of Messianic Prophecy
The Lineage of Jesus

"Then the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, 'By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.'" (Gen 22:15-18)

The story of Jesus begins with his heritage in the Hebrew family. Moses writes here that the earth would be blessed through the seed of Abraham. Paul explains in Galatians 3:16 that this seed was singular because it describes one individual - Jesus Christ. Additionally Moses also quotes the prophet Balaam,

"I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; a star shall come forth from Jacob, a scepter shall rise from Israel, and shall crush through the forehead of Moab, And tear down all the sons of Sheth." (Numbers 24:17)

Jesus would also come from the family of Jacob. And Jeremiah tells of Jesus coming through the family of David,

"'Behold, the days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land.'" (Jeremiah 23:5)

Again, these are just a few of the prophecies pertaining to the heritage of Jesus - there are several others. The fulfillment of each can be verified in the first chapter of Matthew by briefly reading the genealogy of Jesus.

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