Matthew describes the genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:1 – 1:17)

The book of Matthew opens with a genealogy of Jesus and a note that there were fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen generations from David to “exile in Babylon" (when Nebuchadnezzar took the southern tribe of Judah into captivity in Babylon), and fourteen generations from exile to the birth of Jesus. What the story means to us today Setting the stage for the story that follows The introduction in Matthew sets the stage for the story to follow and serves the purpose of identifying Jesus as a descendant of Abraham and David in order to demonstrate the fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham and David. Linking Old Testament messianic prophecy to New Testament fullfillment The Bible in context - an old society with a different view Genealogy was important to

Detailed outline of the Book of Matthew – Jesus birth, ministry, passion week, and resurrection

The Gospel According to Matthew is believed to have been written between 70 and 110 AD, likely around 80 AD.  It contains most of what is found in Mark plus additional material.  Written in an abbreviated, succinct style, it has been the most popular of the three synoptic gospels for many centuries and near universally appears as the first book in the New Testament.  It has been accepted as canonical (genuine and true) by the church since its earliest days.  In summary, the Gospel of Matthew describes the birth and early youth of Jesus, the activity of Jesus in Galilee, and the activity of Jesus in Judaea followed by his death and resurrection. The Birth and Early Years of Jesus (chs. 1–2)