“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.” (Matthew 1:17)
This verse follows a detailed genealogy leading to the family in which Christ was born in Joseph’s lineage. When we look at these verses, we should be thankful for God’s sovereignty over the affairs of humans.
First, as Matthew points out, through God’s plan He ordained that exactly 14 generations should separate four key pivotal points in biblical history: 1) the giving of the promise of God’s seed (Christ) to Abraham, 2) the messianically prophetic rule of King David, 3) the prophetic period of time until Judah’s destruction and exile to Babylon, and 4) the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
The second thing we notice is that this lineage, while having a number of godly parents, also contains wicked and evil sons. But at the end of this list of names comes the God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ. Even though Christ is the eternal God, He humbled Himself to become a man, lived a sinless life, and became our prophesied redemption. His genealogy is another good example of how God uses the failings of evil men to bring about His purposes.
In the same way, God demonstrated His goodness in the life of the patriarch Joseph, who had been sold into slavery, falsely accused and imprisoned, and then made the second-highest ruler in Egypt. With hindsight, Joseph said, “Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Genesis 50:20). – Jeffrey P. Tomkins, PH.D. Days of Praise Devotional
Fellowship following the evening service. Team 4 is on duty.
Tuesday, January 31
7:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
Wednesday, February 1
7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer
Sunday, February 5
9:55 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Service – Rev. Goligher
5:50 p.m. Pre-service Prayer
6:30 p.m Evening Service – Rev. Goligher
6:00 p.m. Session Meeting
7:30 p.m. Session and Board Meeting
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Family Skate
See notice for details.
Everyone is invited to a family skate on Saturday, February 11, from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. You are welcome to invite extended family and friends. We have rented the ice at the Canlan Sports Arena at 159 Dynamic Dr, Scarborough, ON M1V 5L8. Helmets are recommended for everyone but are only mandatory for youth 16 years old and younger. You are also invited to the church for a pizza lunch after the skate. The cost is $10 per person. Please use the sign-up sheet in the church’s foyer and see Jonathan McAnally for payment.
The Shorter Catechism
Q36: What are the benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?
A: The benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification, are, assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost1, increase of grace2, and perseverance therein to the end3.
1. Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (v2) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (v5) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:1, 2, 5).
2. The path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18).
3. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life. (1John 5:13).