Why does John start his Gospel the way he does? He is writing to Greeks and desires to show Jesus as the eternal God so he begins with a theological introduction that shows just thatâ€¦
By using the term Word for Jesus John is declaring him to be the embodiment of Godâ€™s revelation. It is a term his audience would be familiar with as many philosophers used it as â€œThe Greek term translated â€œwordâ€ was also used by many philosophers to mean â€œreason,â€ the force which structured the universeâ€ (Bible Background Commentary)
The Genealogy of Matthew was not complete, it is written in three sets of 14 generations, but generations are skipped in order to be concise. Interestingly I probably would have skipped some of the people listed, the more scandalous births like Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Tamarâ€™s story from Gen 38 is very much like a modern Jerry Springer show.
Wow, I realized that Joseph didnâ€™t have sex with Mary until after the birth of Jesus but he â€œtook her home as his wifeâ€ The Bible doesnâ€™t say how much time was left in their betrothal, a time where the couple was more than engaged but less than married as they didnâ€™t live or sleep together, but he cut it short and lived with her, talk about self control. We today Christians canâ€™t even keep their pants on in the car, let alone while living with your wife.
V1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
- I heard from the Chair of Religion at UNC chapel hill that there is no historical record outside of the Bible to support that this census happened. I am looking into it currently
According to the Bible Exposition commentary Pharisees were baptizing Gentiles that wanted to adopt the Jewish faith. John however was baptizing Jews. We understand he was baptizing them to repentance, much like many churches baptize people who have walked away from their faith and then return. But the Pharisees were investigating John as the custodians of the faith and were making sure there wasnâ€™t a false teacher leading people astray, they were actually doing, at least part, of their duty.