Everyone ever born has a human mother and father, right? Almost. There are three exceptions: Adam and Eve, and Jesus Christ, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
The opening chapter of Matthew, the first book in the New Testament, consists of an extensive genealogy. You may consider genealogies dull, and maybe skipped right to chapter two. But, there’s gold there if you’ll mine for it.
Matthew’s goal is to show us that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah, a direct descendent of both Abraham, Israel’s father, and David, its greatest king. Along the way, Matthew mentions forty-two fathers and five mothers.