Matthew goes even further back than David, for Jesus is not only the "Son of David", he is also the "Son of Abraham." Abraham was the father of the Jewish people, the man God called to leave his native land of Babylonia and head west. In Genesis 12:1-3, God made three promises to Abraham. He promised to give him the land of Canaan; he promised to create a great nation from his descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky; and he promised to bless all nations of the world through him.
Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham that "all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (Genesis 12:3). As Paul makes clear in his letter to the Galatians, Jesus is the descendant of Abraham who brings blessing to all peoples. "The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed... meaning one person, who is Christ"
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