Matthew 1 Commentary
The book of Matthew starts with the account of the generations that preceded the birth of Jesus Christ. Matthew is the beginning of the four gospels of the New Testament. Between the last book of the Old Testament, which is Malachi and the first book of the New Testament, there is a period of 400 years of silence. During that time God didn't speak through his prophets during that time. There were major events going on through that time. The Roman Empire had taken over Jerusalem through Pompey. When Jesus was born, Jerusalem was under Roman rule. In Matthew 1:17, it mentions the number of generations between Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the carrying away into Babylon fourteen generations and from the carrying away into Babylon until the birth of Christ was fourteen generations. To read more about Matthew 1, click on the two links to read about this great chapter.