In the dust of the Rabbi- Day 2


Title: The genealogy of the King part 2


Scriptures to Read: Luke 3:23-38


Commentary:


Luke’s genealogy follows Jewish tradition and the law

In contrast to Matthew, Luke follows a strict Jewish procedure and Jewish law in that he skips no names and does not mention the names of any women. He is also dealing with the genealogy of Joseph’s wife, Mary.


Luke’s genealogy goes back to Adam to show Jesus’ humanity

The other difference is that Luke went from Mary back to Adam (v38) whereas Matthew went from Abraham to Joseph. Luke’s genealogy goes back to Adam to show Jesus’ humanity and Matthew goes back to Abraham to show His Jewishness.


Mary was not a direct descendant of Jeconiah

Both Matthew and Luke show that Mary and Joseph were of the house and lineage of David. However Luke in showing Mary’s genealogy goes back to Nathan, another son of David through Bathsheba (I Chronicles 3:5; 2 Samuel 11:3), rather than Solomon, son of David and Bathsheba. That means she was a daughter of David, her immediate father being Eli, apart from Jeconiah. While there is no biological connection between Joseph and Jesus, Mary was his biological mother. So this fulfilled the first requirement for kingship, that Jesus was a son of David through Mary and not part of the Jeconiah curse (See Matthew’s genealogy for comments regarding the Jeconiah curse).

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