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The Curse of Jeconiah and Jesus’ Royal Lineage

My daily Bible reading from FreeBibleEmail for today includes Jeremiah chapter 22, a passage I’ve read many times before, though I hadn’t thought of its connection to Jesus and the New Testament. But a few days ago I heard the radio version of John MacArthur’s sermon “The Marvelous Birth of the King,” in which MacArthur points out some interesting things about Jesus’ royal lineage. Jeremiah 22:30, referring to Jeconiah (Jehoiachin in my NIV Bible), prophecies: “This is what the LORD says: “Record this man as if childless, a man who will not prosper in his lifetime, for none of his offspring will prosper, none will sit on the throne of David or rule anymore in Judah.”

Yet Joseph, the legal father of Jesus, was a direct descendant of this man — and thus cursed, unable to sit on David’s throne.

An excerpt from MacArthur:
“Now God said no son of Jeconiah will ever reign in Palestine in Israel. No son will ever bear the throne of David. And yet, Jeconiah is in the Messianic line. How then can Jesus be the King if He does not come through the royal line of Jeconiah? And how can He be the King if the line of Jeconiah is cursed? That seemingly hopeless dilemma is resolved in the virgin birth. Through that line Jesus received the legal right to the throne, but He was no blood child of Jeconiah for that line was cursed and there could never be a child of Jeconiah on the throne of David. Therefore Christ was born of a virgin, there was no taint of the blood of Jeconiah in Him because He had no blood from Joseph in Him either. So in a marvelous working of God, the curse of Jeconiah is bypassed by bypassing Joseph and having Jesus born of a virgin.”

By googling a little I found this more detailed article “The Genealogy of the Messiah,” which agrees and adds further commentary regarding the Biblical genealogies, pointing out the amazing details God worked out in establishing Jesus as the Messiah from the Old Testament prophecies and royal lineage. Just another “little thing,” some seemingly trivial detail, and yet God cares and arranges things according to such very specific things, to show such wondrous proofs that glorify and exalt His son. Another layer of richness brought out from all the texts of the Bible, how all passages (including this text in Jeremiah about the last of Judah’s Kings, the time of the Babylonian exile) point to Christ — and proof that every day I can find something new in God’s word. What a contrast to those who, especially after years of being a Christian, tire of “the same old thing” and think they’ve learned all they need to know about God and Christ, and get caught up in the cares of the world, having lost their first love. (Revelation 2:4)

O Lord, renew us daily, giving grace for each day, that we would desire to know You and to study your Word more and more each day. (Philippians 3:10, Psalm 119:105)

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