Emphatic Double Portion
“All those listed above include fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah” (Matthew 1.17 NLT).
Numbers have meaning in the Hebrew language. God is the Master Writer, and everything found in His Holy Book, the Bible, has significance. A good writer never wastes a single word or number in his or her book. There are 3 sets of 14 generations leading up to Jesus’ birth. The number 7 symbolizes completion, specifically Jesus’ Finished Work of reconciling the entire world back to God. The Sabbath is on the 7th day, which we rest, knowing that Jesus Christ has fulfilled His purpose as Lord over Sabbath. The number 14 is a double portion of this completion. So 14 generations would represent a double portion of God’s completion through Jesus Christ. But God didn’t just want us to have a double portion. He allowed 3 sets of 14 generations to go by before Jesus’ star was seen in the sky by the three wise men. The number 3 represents many things, but when something is repeated 3 times in the Bible, it is showing emphasis on whatever is being repeated. To repeat the double portion of 14 generations 3 times is to show an emphasis on Jesus’ Finished Work of bringing us back into God’s presence. We not only get a double portion of grace through Jesus Christ, we get an emphatic double portion! It is finished! The work of staying holy before God, so we can have a relationship with Him, has been fulfilled on our behalf by Jesus Christ, the Messiah! We can put our complete faith in the Cross and rest in the righteousness gifted to us by grace through the death and resurrection of Jesus, who is “holy, holy, holy!”
“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come’” (emphasis added) (Revelation 4.8 NIV).
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