The Curse on Jeconiah
The kings of the southern kingdom had gone from bad to worse, and one of the most provocative paradoxes in Scripture emerges from the blood curse that God pronounced on Jeconiah:
Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.?-Jeremiah 22:30
What makes this so remarkable is that the Messiah was prophesied to come from the royal line of David.8젨Now there was a blood curse on that very royal line!?
(I always imagine that there must have been a celebration in the counsels of Satan then, since they must have assumed that they now had God in an unsolvable corner: how can the Messiah come from the royal line that is now subject to a blood curse??But then I visualize God turning to the angels and saying, "Watch this one!")
Two Genealogies of Jesus
When we get to the New Testament, we discover two genealogies of Jesus Christ.?Matthew, as a Jew and focusing on Jesus as the Messiah, begins his with Abraham and follows the royal line through David, and the first surviving son of Bathsheba, Solomon, on to Joseph, the legal father of Jesus Christ.?
Luke, however, as a doctor focuses on Jesus as the Son of Man, and takes his genealogy from Adam - the first man - and then from Abraham to David, they are identical.?
However, when Luke gets to David, rather than go through Solomon, he follows the line from Nathan, the second surviving son of Bathsheba, and takes his genealogy to Mary, identifying Joseph as the son-in-law of Heli, Mary's father.9
The virgin birth, prophesied in Isaiah (as well as the hint in Genesis 3)10?is thus an "end run" on the blood curse on the descendants of Jeconiah.
(This should provide some offbeat conversational material as we approach the Christmas holidays!?And isn't it fascinating to discover some of the hidden treasures tucked away in the nooks and crannies of Scripture!)