Matthew 1: 6-17
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
Matthew’s gospel begins with Genesis (1:1), but quickly moves to Exodus. Notice that Jesus is born “after the deportation to Babylon” (12). There is no mention of a return from exile, but rather Jesus is portrayed to us, the reader, as being born in Babylon. Babylon is Egypt of course, an intensified exile, and it is no surprise that Matthew quickly gives us the picture of Israel under a foreign and tyrannical ruler who issues an order to kill all the Hebrew boys.
After Jesus is taken out of Egypt in 2:15, he moves to the water event of baptism, and proceeds to be taken into the wilderness 4:1. When we get to chapter five, Jesus has a great multitude, and he ascends a mountain from where he will expound on the law.
Chapter eight shows Jesus coming down from the mountain, and Leviticus is recapitulated as the next series of stories involve cleansing, healing, and bringing life to the dead. Soon after this the disciples are sent out to conquer the land, and it isn’t too long until Jesus is, like King David, proclaimed Lord of the Sabbath. Wisdom narratives come after this, and by the time we reach the Olivet Discourse the reader is anticipating the prophetic stage that is revealed.