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A rejoinder to a possible interpretation of Flaws in genealogies of Mathew and Luke (By Rana Wadood Ahmed) Possible interpretation: At a glance, these two chapters appear to contradict each other. However, they actually complement each other. Matthew 1 clearly explains that Joseph is Mary’s husband. Matthew recorded this for legal purposes, to show the Jews that Christ was the Messiah. It w
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   A rejoinder to a possible interpretation of Flaws in genealogies of Mathew and Luke ( By Rana Wadood Ahmed  ) Possible interpretation: At a glance, these two chapters appear to contradict each other. However, they actually complement each other. Matthew 1 clearly explains that Joseph is Mary’s husband. Matthew recorded this for legal purposes, to show the Jews that Christ was the Messiah. It was the custom of the Jews to trace and record the father’s descent. The Jews simply saw Christ as legally Joseph’s Son (Jn. 6:42). Joseph’s lineage was also given to show that Jesus was, in fact, born of a virgin. If Joseph had been Christ’s natural father, then Christ could never have sat on the throne of David, because of a curse God placed on one of Joseph’s ancestors. This ancestor, Jechonias, is mentioned in Matthew 1:11-12. He is also referred to as Coniah inJeremiah 22:24-30. Verse 30 states, “Thus says the L ORD , Write you 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.” This man was so evil, that God cursed him and his descendants. Jeconiah (as his name is spelled in the Old Testament) did go on to have children (I Chron. 3:17). But, this curse was fulfilled because none of his children went on to rule from the throne of David. So how could Christ, a descendant of David, qualify to rule from the throne? This is how Luke 3 complements the Matthew account. Luke records Mary’s genealogy. According to Jewish tradition, in marriage, Mary’s genealogy was placed in her husband’s name. The Greek simply records that Joseph was “of Heli” (Luke 3:23). But since Jacob was Joseph’s father (Matt. 1:16), Joseph was the son-in-law   of Heli. Mary’s lineage did not have this curse as Joseph’s did. And Mary descended from Nathan—one of David’s sons! (see Luke 3:31). God honored Nathan, and made him the ancestor to the promised King—Jesus Christ—who would sit on David’s throne forever (Luke 1:31-33). This fulfills God’s promise of establishing David’s throne for eternity!  According to Israel’s law, if a daughter were the only heir to the father, she would inherit all his possessions, inheritance and rights—but only if   she married within her tribe (Num. 27:1-8;36:6-8). Since Mary had no brothers who could be heirs to her father, she was able to transmit David’s royal inheritance—and the right to the throne—to her husband upon marriage. This made Joseph heir to Heli, giving him the right to David’s throne. This inheritance was then passed to Christ. The genealogies in Matthew and Luke were both recorded to show Christ’s right to the throne. Matthew’s account showed that through Joseph’s genealogy, Christ was a legal descendant of Jeconiah (Coniah), but could not sit on and rule from the throne because of the curse. This account also proved how Christ was born of a virgin woman, because the curse would have passed onto Christ if Joseph were, in fact, His natural father. Of course, Christ was really the Son of God—begotten by the Holy Spirit! Luke’s account showed that through Mary’s genealogy, Jesus was a descendant of Nathan—David’s son. This allowed the inheritance to pass to Joseph, who in turn passed it onto Christ. The Fact of the matter;   About Mathew : 1.Jeconiah's Curse: ! # %&'()#* + ,+ -&.+.-/ )'0# +' %'12-# '2 ,/ +' 3' 4.+ '2# '5 6#/1/7 ,2-#/+'&/8 + # ),/+ 9.2: '5 613, ; < 'As surely as I live', declares the LORD, 'even if you Jeconiah, son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were a signet ring on my right hand, I would still pull you off. I will hand you over to those who seek your life, those you fear, to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and to the Babylonians. I will hurl you and the mother who gave birth to you into another country, where neither of you was born, and there you both will die. You will never come back to the land you long to return to. ' Is this man Jeconiah a despised, broken pot, and object no one wants? Why will he and his children be hurled out, cast into a land they do no know? O land, land, land, hear the word of the LORD! 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 shall prosper, none will sit on the throne of David, or ever rule anymore in Judah =<  (  6#&#*., >>;>?@ABC D'8 .2 + #'&E ,+ )#,/+8 ,2E'2# 4 ' ./ 3#/-#23#3 5&'* 6#-'2., -,22'+ /.+ '2 F,0.3G/ + &'2#8 4 .- '5 -'1&/# ./ , %&'()#* 4 #2 4# :#+ +' #&#; < You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name of Y'shua. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. 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He spoke kindly to him and gave him a great seat of honor higher than those of other kings who were with him in Babylon. So Jeconiah put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king's table. Day by day the king gave Jeconiah a regular allowance as long as he lived, till the day of his death =<H6#&#*., R>;AJ@A?C Q ! # -1&/# #0#2 :'#/ /' 5,& ,/ +' %&'-),.* + ,+ <5'& 2'2# '5 ./ '55/%&.2: / ,)) %&'/%#&8 2'2# 4.)) /.+ '2 + # + &'2# '5 F,0.38 '& #0#& &1)# ,2E*'&# .2 613, =< L&,2+#3 + # 3,E/ '5 + # 9.2:/ '5 613, 4#&# :'2# 5'& +4' :#2#&,+.'2/= N'4#0#&8 2'+.-# + # 0#&/# #0#2 -'0#&/ ,2E 9.23 '5 &1)#& .2 613, S O5 + # -1&/# 4#&# /+.)) #25'&-#38 '4 3'#/ ,2E'2# #M%),.2 + ./ %,//,:#S < The word of the LORD came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month. Tell Zerubabel the governor of Judah that I will shake the heavens and the earth. I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of foreign kingdoms. I will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of his brother. 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They say unto him, The son of David. 43  He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44  The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45  If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? 46   And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.” ! # /,*# ./ &#%#,+#3 .2 I19# >B;?J@?? ] E 3.327+ 6#/1/7 .*/#)5 92'4 ./ :#2#,)':ES ] E 3.327+ # /#++)# + # *,++#& 4.+ 6#4/ '2-# ,23 5'& ,)) (E /,E.2: + ,+ f]#)) O ,* + # /'2 '5 F,0.38 /' O 51)5.)) E'1& #M%#-+,+.'2/8 ,--#%+ *#Pe=Z2 + # -'2+&,&E # .2+#&%&#+#3= ] ES U,2 ,2E U &./+.,2 ,2/4#&S ],.+ O -,2hh==
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