My sister and her hu…
My sister and her husband hosted a Seder Supper last Thursday. I’ve attended a number of these in the past. It is amazing how so many of the portions of the Seder point to Jesus. But there was a little preliminary item that a friend of theirs presented before the Seder that I want to write about this time. This friend gave us his “Reader’s Digest” version of how he came up with the date of the Last Supper, Jesus’ last Seder, which was interesting, but more interesting to me was the information that was presented as an aside on the way to his finding.

In the book of Matthew we find a lineage of Jesus, going back through his father Joseph. In verse 6 we see that Joseph was a descendant of King David (and hence his requirement to go to Bethlehem during the census called when Mary was pregnant with Jesus). Through this we see that Jesus was indeed heir to the throne of David, one of the requirements of the Messiah. However, there a hitch in this lineage. In verse 11 we find that the lineage goes through Jeconiah aka Jehoiachin, and therein lies a problem.

Back in the book of Jeremiah (chapter 22, verse 24-40) God passes judgement on Jehoiachin, prompting an exile to Babylon. But that’s not all. In verse 30, God specifically tells Jehoiachin that his lineage on the throne is done.

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.”

Thus none of his descendants will take that throne anymore, as though he were childless. But if Jesus is his descendant, doesn’t that therefore void His claim to that throne.

Normally, yes. However, God’s amazing plan for Jesus gave Him that right anyway. In the book of Luke, we find Jesus’ lineage through Mary.

[Quick aside: Each of the 4 Gospel writers emphasized a different aspect of Jesus. In Matthew, He is King. In Mark, He is Servant. In Luke, He is Man. In John, He is God. A King and a Man have official lineages, but a servant nor God do not. Interesting. Additionally, the lineages, as we’ll see in a bit, fit with the portrayal of Jesus in those books.]

This lineage also passes through King David (verse 31), but through a different son. In Matthew, it goes through David’s son Solomon, who was David’s actual successor to the throne, though it was not a legal succession. Since Solomon’s mother was Bathsheba (I Chronicles 3:5), she convinced David to name Solomon as the heir instead of the legal heir, the older son Nathan. And who do we find in Jesus’ lineage on Mary’s side? Nathan.

Thus, Jesus has both the royal and legal right to claim the throne of David, and also breaking the curse on the royal line since He can claim legal right. It’s just one more of those amazing “coincidences” that God works out to show those who are watching that He’s in control. Prophesy is fulfilled, not just in and of itself, but in a way that that is both elegant and meaningful. I’m sure some readers have heard this before, but it was new to me (or perhaps I just remembered it this time–the handout helped) and I wanted to pass it along.

Happy belated Easter.

(Cross-posted at Stones Cry Out. Comments welcome.)

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