People assert and impose an identity from their king, their nation, their city, their tribe, and their family—all of which are dismantled and repurposed in Matthew’s genealogy. Now, in chapter 3, on the lips of John the Baptist, we come face to face with this new purpose: the adoption of all nations as brothers and sisters under the headship of Abraham. Indeed, the first two chapters of Matthew are summed up nicely in St. John’s Pauline admonition, ”that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.” (Matt 3:9)
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 3:1-9.
Episode 236 Matthew 3:1-9; Subscribe: http://feedpress.me/the-bible-as-literature; “Decisions” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com (http://incompetech.com/)) Licensed under Creative Commons: B.y Attribution 3.0 License http:// creativecommons .org/ licenses /by/3.0/