Jeremiah 22:24-5 – “As I live, declares the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were the signet ring on my right hand, yet I would tear you off and give you into the hand of those who seek your life, into the hand of those of whom you are afraid, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of the Chaldeans.”
Haggai 2:23 – On that day, declares the LORD of hosts, I will take you, O Zerubbabel my servant, the son of Shealtiel, declares the LORD, and make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you, declares the LORD of hosts.”
The Apparent Problem:
“Here is where the “problem” lies. Jeconiah is listed in Matthew 1’s genealogy”
py3ak from the Puritan Board:
You may find Fairbairn’s discussion of the two genealogies illuminating.
I studied this some time ago, and after a while it’s easy to go cross-eyed! But in Luke 3:27 Salathiel is said to be the son of Neri, not of Jeconiah.
Jeconiah and Jehoiakim were both cursed (Jeremiah 36:30). In the curse upon (Je)Coniah, the curse upon Jehoiakim was fulfilled. At that point, the line of Solomon comes to an end, and the inheritance passes to the line of Nathan. After David, Matthew traces descent through Solomon, but Luke traces it through Nathan. But they coincide at Salathiel and Zorobabel (Lucan spelling), precisely because it was at that point that the legal descent of the kingship and the physical descent coincided for a time before they diverged again, to coincide once more in Matthan, and then in Jesus.