New Genesis – Matthew 1-2

New Genesis

Matthew 1 - 2

In New Genesis, we will see how Matthew's Gospel begins with a heavy emphasis on the Davidic kingship of Yeshua. We will discuss what "messiah" meant to a first-century Jewish audience and why they so desperately wanted the Messiah to come at that time. We will look into why the Messiah was named "Yeshua" and the significance of this, why Matthew uses "virgin" in his quote of Isa 7:14 and how this is not a disingenuous translation, and why the real focus should actually be on the name Immanuel. In chapter 2, we will discover that Yeshua's life begins to conform to the life of Israel and this understand helps us better understand why Matthew understood Yeshua to have fulfilled Hosea 11:1.

The Messianic Gospel Cycle is a series studying the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts from a Messiah-centered perspective. The cycle is divided up into 52 portions and is designed to be read over the course of a year. You can download the reading plan here.

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  1. Leslie Lindholm February 13, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Ryan, I enjoyed your teaching so much and look forward to the others! I know the 14 generation genealogy doesn’t matter in the long run .. and interesting joe you point out that the contemporaries of the day weren’t concerned with s ‘missing’ generation. I have heard that Joseph could have been a father figure.. what do you think? I understand this is speculative .. thank you!

    • Ryan White February 19, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      Yes, that is one of the theories out there. The counter argument to that is that the rest of Matthew 1 is focusing on Joseph (Mary’s husband). The angel speaks to him, he does what the angel says to do, he names the child, etc. So based on the internal evidence, it would appear that the genealogy should be that of Mary’s husband Joseph. I think that both theories are valid and either way, the genealogy was accepted by both those who believed and those who did not.

  2. Katherine Wadsworth January 9, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you, Ryan for teaching. What are your thoughts on the genealogy referring to Yeshua not only as the Messiah ben David, but also as the Messiah ben Joseph? There seems to be strong ties in chapters 1 and 2 with God communicating through dreams and of course going into Egypt.

  3. Terri Neely December 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Ryan – I understand where you get the definition of the Magi and the root of the word, but why would a foreign group of people be so knowledgeable about Israel’s prophecy and be waiting for it to appear? That part doesn’t make much sense or fit together with what the nations did – as a pattern. Just a thought.

    • Ryan White December 12, 2017 at 1:28 am

      I know what you’re saying, but consider who magi were. They were astrologists who believed that they could foretell the future from the stars. There was no prophecy that we know of that states a Jewish king would be born when a certain star appears, much less the Messiah. The religious leaders in Herod’s court show absolutely no interest in this “star,” which would indicate that they knew of no prophecy concerning a star.

      Matthew doesn’t seem to be interested too much in why they were following this star either. He makes no effort to claim it has appeared to fulfill any prophecy, it is simply a prop in the story to draw in the necessary characters.

      Historically speaking, it is possible that God just put it in the minds of these individuals to follow this crazy object that was described as a star, but clearly didn’t behave like one.

  4. Paula Holder December 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Excellent teaching! Many golden nuggets in this teaching! May HaShem Bless you abundantly!

  5. Terri Neely December 10, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Great teaching Ryan! Looking forward to the rest of it!

  6. Jeff Morton December 10, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Context begins with the writers…You do a marvelous job re-introducing us to them, culturally…

    Thanks Ryan, Great stuff “THE Messianic Gospel Cycle”

  7. JoAnne Stanley December 10, 2017 at 7:42 am

    More kudos to you for doing this first of your Gospel teaching. That commentary will be a worthy book… may the publishers line up!! You covered so much so thoroughly. Love the part about why He is Y’shua and how His coming means Immanuel. Stunning how Mary relates to the matriarchs….those who could not bear children…until prayer. Wow. Other ‘parts’ you really helped to ‘see’ also. Even your telling of the Greek Iesous and how that’s not some hideous Zeus type name. He is Y’shua to me now but there was a day I loved Him as Jesus and He answered me…. keep highlighting Kingdom and King. We are so independent in USA that there remains more of an impact!!

  8. Sinda Parkins December 9, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Shabbat Shalom Ryan!! OMG!!! I really enjoyed your New Genesis-Matthew 1-2 teaching!!! I love the way you break it down! You also remind me of things that I have forgotten… adoption. Your teachings just get better and better!!!

    Much love and blessings to your family!!!

  9. Lori December 9, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Thank you so much Ryan. So looking forward to this entire teaching. I’ve been reading N.T. Wright’s, The Day the Revolution Began, and loving it so far. I have spent most of my life believing that the Kingdom of Heaven/God meant going to heaven when I die, a future event, the sweet bye and bye. I knew that Yeshua said, “the Kingdom of God is among you,” but was of the opinion that it had been rejected so waiting for a later date, ie, the second coming. I seem to hear more about ha satan ruling in this world than the King of Kings ruling, at least in the circles I traverse. I dont have much of an audience per se. I even work at home so am somewhat isolated. I am not a teacher or a preacher. I really want to learn what Kingdom life is all about for an average 21st century believer in America today. Thanks again and I pray God’s blessing on you as you study and teach and write.

  10. Julie Rachor December 8, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you Ryan for this teaching on New Genesis
    Matthew 1 – 2. Absolutely fantastic! Excited for your commentary, God willing. Continue shining your light. You are appreciated.May Yahweh continue blessing you. B’shem Y’shua!

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