Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. Luke 2:4-5 (NRSV)
His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isaiah 9:7 (NRSV)
I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open. Isaiah 22:22 (NRSV)
Luke takes a great deal of care in discussing the genealogy of Jesus, primarily because he was speaking to fellow Jews. These were people who knew that God’s Messiah would be a descendent of King David.
Credibility is a big thing these days. Everyone wants the genuine article, which is why Luke goes into such depth. It was important to Jews to know that Jesus was of David’s line to believe that He is truly who He said He is. Even today, most Jews do not believe that Jesus is God’s chosen One in spite of Luke’s genealogy.
Sometimes it’s hard for us to see and know the credibility of Jesus. If we look to the credibility of other Jesus followers, we aren’t always going to see Him reflected in those people’s behaviors and actions. Yet we will see Him when we look for Him.
(Jesus said:) My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 (NRSV)
Are we listening for Jesus’ voice?