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Jesus’ Lineage and Jeconiah’s Curse

The Curse:

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”

The Resolution:

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.

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/jeconiahs-curse-and-the-two-genealogies-of-christ.48736/#post-623790, Comments 1, 3

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Christ in the Title Page of the Bible

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:41-42:

It is called the blood of the everlasting covenant, Heb. 13:20. Christ’s blood was not only redeeming and purchasing blood, a just and full price both for the heirs and for the inheritance; but it was sealing blood, and confirming of that covenant, in and by which the inheritance was secured to the heirs, and the heirs secured for the inheritance. Alas! many have the Bible, and use it but little; and many use it amiss, because they know not its right name. It is well and warrantably, from its contents, called, in its title page, in all languages and translations, The Old and New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. But how few, in reading this title, mind the use and virtue of the blood of Jesus, which turned the covenant of God’s grace into the testament of Christ, and thereby sealed and confirmed all the good words and good things in that covenant?

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/christ-in-the-title-page-of-the-bible.91236/, Comment 1

Whence Came This Spark Of Faith?

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:21:

Whence came this spark of faith to be kindled in my heart? Did it naturally grow in my heart? No. Time was when I was without it, Eph. 2:12, and loved to be without it. Did Satan plant it? No. I find him to be the great enemy of it; and I never felt his enmity, till I began to trust Jesus Christ; and it is that in me he mainly assaults. Did ministers, and the means of grace, plant faith in me? No! I enjoyed them when no faith was wrought in me; and when it is wrought, all their power, without Christ’s grace and Spirit concurring, cannot raise this faith to act and exercise. Therefore, surely, this faith came from Jesus Christ himself. Was it not from the work, and will, and love, of Christ? How easy and native is the inference? If faith in Christ be the work of his love, how warrantably may I look, by that faith, for all the good that this love purposeth, promiseth, and prayeth for to me?

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/faith-in-christ-is-the-work-of-his-love.91197/, Comment 1

Three Literal Days and Nights?

Turretinfan on the meaning of the phrase “three days and three nights” in Scripture (read the whole article for the total picture):

So, it is clear that the reference to “Three days and three nights” refers simply to three successive or consecutive calendar days, as opposed to meaning three periods of light and darkness. Otherwise, Jesus would rise on the fourth day after having been buried for 72 hours.

Read more: http://turretinfan.blogspot.ca/2017/04/three-days-and-three-nights-hebrew.html

Why the “Mythical Jesus” Claim Has No Traction with Scholars

Larry Hurtado:

The overwhelming body of scholars, in New Testament, Christian Origins, Ancient History, Ancient Judaism, Roman-era Religion, Archaeology/History of Roman Judea, and a good many related fields as well, hold that there was a first-century Jewish man known as Jesus of Nazareth, that he engaged in an itinerant preaching/prophetic activity in Galilee, that he drew to himself a band of close followers, and that he was executed by the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate…

The “mythical Jesus” view doesn’t have any traction among the overwhelming number of scholars working in these fields, whether they be declared Christians, Jewish, atheists, or undeclared as to their personal stance.  Advocates of the “mythical Jesus” may dismiss this statement, but it ought to count for something if, after some 250 years of critical investigation of the historical figure of Jesus and of Christian Origins, and the due consideration of “mythical Jesus” claims over the last century or more, this spectrum of scholars have judged them unpersuasive (to put it mildly).

Read more: https://larryhurtado.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/why-the-mythical-jesus-claim-has-no-traction-with-scholars/

Did the Early Christians Believe Jesus is God?

Kenneth Samples, God Among Sages:

But just what did the earliest Christians believe about the nature and person of Jesus Christ? A major textual breakthrough over the last couple of decades has al1owed scholars to see more dearly what the earliest Christians believed about Jesus Christ, particularly as expressed in their church services.

Biblical scholarship (in this case, a type of form criticism) has discovered primitive Jewish-Christian creeds, confessions, and hymns woven into Scripture. The early Christians in their worship services used these compact confessions of faith long before the New Testament was written. As New Testament scholar Ralph Martin explains, “The church of the New Testament is already a believing, preaching, and confessing community of men and women. This implies the existence and influence of a body of authoritative doctrine … which was the given and shared possession of those who formed the nascent Christian communities in the world of the Roman Empire.”1

1. Samples, Kenneth Richard. God Among Sages: Why Jesus Is Not Just Another Religious Leader. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2017. 71. Print.

Source: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2017/03/jesus-didnt-become-god-earliest.html

Why Is So Much Said Of Faith?

Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:187:

Eph. 6:16, “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the devil.” They are darts, they are the devil’s darts, they are fiery darts, there is an all of them; yet by faith you may be able to quench them all. Why is so much said of faith? Because, as Christ’s strength is the believer’s strength, so faith is that only in a believer that acts on this strength, draws it in, and acts in it. Separate faith from its object, Christ, either in justification or in sanctification, and it becomes an imagination, a vanity, a nothing. Now, consider how cunningly Satan deals with believers, and how simply they are gulled by him in temptation. He persuades, and often prevails with them, to lay aside the shield of faith, when they should mainly use it. How foolish were that man that would yield his arms to an implacable enemy? Christ knew Peter’s danger, and provides graciously for it: I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not, Luke 22:32.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/why-is-so-much-said-of-faith.90957/, Comment 1