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

Introduction to the Book of Revelation – the message conveyed and how to properly interpret it (Revelation 1:1 – 1:8)

An introduction to the Book of Revelation and its author, John Written by "John" and included as the last book in the New Testament, the book of Revelation is often difficult to interpret, comprehend, and place in context with the rest of the Bible.  Its supernatural, apocalyptic message is often richly symbolic and difficult to understand.  But this is typically due to the readers misunderstanding of apocalyptic prophetic messages in general.  Apocalyptic literature's primary intent is not to predict the future, but to make clear once the events described begin to take place. The book is classified as "apocalyptic literature", a form of prophecy which uses symbolic language and setting to proclaim a prophetic message, in this case, a vision from John, which given the vivid portrayal