The ascension of Jesus Christ to the throne of King David is an amazing story! Most Everyone is familiar with these Scriptures repeated often during the Christmas season:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isa 9:6
And the angel Gabriel’s proclamation to a young virgin:
“…Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Lu 1:30-33
Do you know the amazing story of why a virgin birth was necessary or of how Jesus had the title to the throne of His father, David?
Concerning the birth of Jesus and His right to the throne of David His father, God worked out all the details with divine precision.
King Jeconiah is also known as Jehoiachin and Coniah. He reigned in conjunction with his father (Jehoiakim) from the age of 10 till he was 18 and then independently over Judah for three short months. His reign ended when he, his mother, wives, children, and all his company were taken into Babylonian captivity. After Jeconiah’s capture, Nebuchadnezzar appointed his cousin, Zedekiah, king over Judah. Jeconiah was the last legitimate king of Judah and is in the genealogy of Jesus through the line of Joseph stretching back to the throne of his father David (Matt 1:12).
Joseph may have been the lawful King of the Jews as a direct descendant of the throne of David through the bloodline of King Solomon, the oldest son of Bathsheba. However, because of a curse God placed on the house of Jeconiah for their wickedness, neither Joseph nor Jesus…Joseph’s lawfully adopted stepson…could become king due to God’s curse.
“O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD. 30 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.” Jer 22:29-30
Childless in this sense does not mean that Jeconiah wouldn’t be the father of children, as he already had many wives and offspring. Here, it means that as king none of his offspring would ever ascend to the throne of Judah.
God gives the reason for the curse:
“I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; [but] thou saidst, I will not hear. This [hath been] thy manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst not my voice.” Jer 22:21
At this point in time, Satan must have been delighted. He knew Jesus was prophesized to come from the bloodline of King David (2Samuel 7:12-16; Psalm 89:3-4; Psalm 110:1; Psalm 132:11: Isaiah 9:6; and others). He must have felt the thrill of victory rushing all through his evil being. By this curse, put on David’s bloodline by God Himself, there would be no way for prophecy to be fulfilled. There would be no way for Christ to be a descendant of David and sit on his throne. He must have thought the curse sealed the deal—a blessing for himself by God’s miscalculation. Finally, at last, he must have thought, he defeated God.
Shouldn’t Satan know; you can’t get one past God. He is always in control. One element Satan never expected was the miracle of a “virgin birth.”
In Luke’s gospel, we find Mary’s genealogy, a bloodline descendant of David through Nathan, the second son of David and Bathsheba. She carries the royal blood in her veins just as does her husband Joseph—but without a curse. A pure, clean bloodline. By His virgin birth, Jesus inherits the royal bloodline through his mother. Through Joseph, His legal father, Jesus inherits the path back to the throne of David His father but without inheriting the curse placed upon Jeconiah. True to the curse, no blood descendant of Jeconiah ever sat upon David’s throne.
One more detail. If Joseph was the legal heir to the throne, which he was (although cursed), he would have to be deceased before his legal son could claim the title. After Jesus begins His ministry, we never hear another word about Joseph, and Jesus begins to claim His Kingship.
God is always in the details. Nothing escaper His attention or notice. It was absolutely necessary for Jesus to be of a virgin birth and for both Joseph and Mary to be His parents–To which we say, “MARANATHA!”
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