The entire Old Testament is a grand story that point us forward to one thing, God’s promise that one day He is going to send someone that will save the people. We see this promise for the first time in Genesis 3 and then we see that part of God’s promise to Abram in Genesis 12 is that one day someone will come from his descendants that will bless the entire world. These are only two of the many promises about the coming Messiah. As we come to the New Testament we begin to see those promises take shape in the birth of a child. That child is Jesus. Matthew 1:1-17 serves to show us not only who the family of Jesus is but that Jesus was the long awaited promised Messiah. The genealogy that starts Matthew’s gospel serves to make sure that we, and the original audience, can know that it was this Jesus that is the Messiah and that it is this Jesus that can save the people from their sin.