M A T T H E W.
This evangelist begins with the account of
Christ's parentage and birth, the ancestors from whom he descended,
and the manner of his entry into the world, to make it appear that
he was indeed the Messiah promised, for it was foretold that he
should be the son of David, and should be born of a virgin; and
that he was so is here plainly shown; for here is, I. His pedigree
from Abraham in forty-two generations, three fourteens, ver. 1-17. II. An account of the
circumstances of his birth, so far as was requisite to show that he
was born of a virgin, ver.
18-25. Thus methodically is the life of our blessed
Saviour written, as lives should be written, for the clearer
proposing of the example of them.