The list of names that Matthew has chosen demonstrates that God will move into His world at a time that He decides not us. God will answer a cry when He decides not the person who calls. But the way you conduct yourself will be instrumental in you receiving His good will and purpose for your life and in you being instrumental for the will of God in other people’s lives.
At times in the prophet’s world living alongside the wicked kings and even the good ones it looked like God was not slow to act.
The circumstances of your world may suggest God is not here. Sometimes it is only later that you see the footprint of God who was there watching over you. He is not slow at all.
It seems clear that Matthew got hold of a genealogy that we simply do not have the names for anywhere in the Old Testament nor even in Jewish literature. Who are these people? We don’t know. Maybe there were genealogies lost in the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70.
What were their life-stories? They had them for sure. Were they disciples of Yawheh? Wicked or good? To us they are just names, ordinary people. Probably just like us. But not forgotten by Him.
“Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud, Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob” (Matthew 1: 13-15)
The world may not know you. Ordinary, insignificant, small, but are you in line with Jesus, are you following Him, are you waiting for Him to come? Then it will all be worth it!