The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats

Over at Russell Moore’s blog this past weekend, he posted an article entitled Andrew Peterson’s “The Good Confession.” The article is about the impact that the song had on Dr. Moore while he was on vacation.  I am always interested in finding new artists, so I opened Itunes and looked him up.  I enjoy his music and downloaded several of his CDs, but there was one song from his Christmas CD that really struck me a fun, so I thought I would share it with you.

The name of the song is The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats.  The song cleverly recounts the genealogy of Christ from the gospel of Matthew.  Here are the lyrics:

Abraham had Isaac
Isaac, he had Jacob
Jacob, he had Judah and his kin
Then Perez and Zerah
Came from Judah’s woman, Tamar
Perez, he brought Hezron up
And then came

Aram, then Amminadab
Then Nahshon, who was then the dad of Salmon
Who with Rahab fathered Boaz
Ruth, she married Boaz who had Obed
Who had Jesse
Jesse, he had David who we know as king

David, he had Solomon by dead Uriah’s wife
Solomon, well you all know him
He had good old Rehoboam
Followed by Abijah who had Asa
Asa had Jehoshaphat had Joram had Uzziah
Who had Jotham then Ahaz then Hezekiah

Followed by Manasseh who had Amon
Who was a man
Who was father of a good boy named Josiah
Who grandfathered Jehoiachin
Who caused the Babylonian captivity
Because he was a liar

Then he had Shealtiel, who begat Zerubbabel
Who had Abiud who had Eliakim
Eliakim had Azor who had Zadok who had Akim
Akim was the father of Eliud then
He had Eleazar who had Matthan who had Jacob
Now, listen very closely
I don’t want to sing this twice
Jacob was the father of Joseph
The husband of Mary
The mother of Christ

I think the song is clever and a great memorization technique if you’re interested.  It’s also quite catchy.  That said, it was the title that drew me to the song originally, and specifically the word “Begats.”  When I was in elementary school (4th or 5th grade – I don’t recall), we had a Bible study during school.  Yes, it was a public school, and yes you could get away with that way back when.  During that bible study they gave us a small New Testament binder.  Mine was red.  I still have it.  It was in the original King James language.  I remember trying to read it a couple of times, but I never got very far past Matthew 1. The begats!

Here’s the you tube video if your interested (the rest of the CD is also good, and I would encourage you to buy it!):

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