God’s flanking maneuver around Satan

Posted: July 27, 2011 in Christian

What is the main issue behind the blood curse that God gave to Jeconiah

The curse of Jeconiah

The curse of Jeconiah (also called Jehoiachim and Coniah) by the Lord came after a string of evil kings of Judah as listed in II Kings chapters 22, 23 & 24. The Lord had all he could take of these evildoers and pronounced a curse on Jeconiah and his descendants in Jeremiah 22: 24-30 As I live,” says the LORD, “though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were the signet on My right hand, yet I would pluck you off; “and I will give you into the hand of those who seek your life, and into the hand of those whose face you fear—the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the hand of the Chaldeans. “So I will cast you out, and your mother who bore you, into another country where you were not born; and there you shall die. “But to the land to which they desire to return, there they shall not return. “Is this man Coniah a despised, broken idol— A vessel in which is no pleasure? Why are they cast out, he and his descendants, And cast into a land which they do not know? O earth, earth, earth, Hear the word of the LORD! Thus says the LORD: ‘Write this man down as childless, A man who shall not prosper in his days; For none of his descendants shall prosper, Sitting on the throne of David, And ruling anymore in Judah.” (NKJV). This in itself is bad enough, but when you consider the implications of the Lord’s Covenant with David that the Throne of David would be established forever as was written in II Samuel 7:16 “And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”‘ (NKJV), it seems to throw a wrench into the works. While researching this, I found several discussions pointing to the curse of Jeconiah as proof that Jesus couldn’t be the Messiah because of the curse, for after the Babylonian captivity, no descendant of David sat upon a Throne of Israel. I also saw many sites with discussions trying to prove that the curse was later lifted and all was forgiven. All of these discussions and all of these websites totally miss the point of the virgin birth that was prophesied in Genesis 3 and the ancestry of Mary (even though it says Joseph)*3 laid out in Luke 3 beginning in verse 23.

But for ceremonial and legal purposes within the Jewish community, where does this leave Christ? After all The Lord promised David that his descendant would reign over the Nation of Israel (using that word that most denominations cringe at) forever and this curse apparently screwed all that up. I think it’s just so cool how The Lord uses obscure thing to achieve His purposes, possibly to throw Satan off, possibly simply because He enjoys it…anyway. Some little, apparently unimportant, legal entanglement that happened several hundred years earlier when the Israelites were preparing to enter the Promised Land fits this situation with Jeconiah’s curse like a perfect, lazer-cut puzzle piece, which it is.

The daughter’s of Zelophehad

In this scenario, the Jews are wandering through the wilderness, having been rescued from the Egyptian captivity by divine guidance and then messing up their first chance to enter Canaan. Thirty-eight years have almost passed and a Jew by the name of Zelophehad had five daughters but no son. Jewish law said that land would be awarded and transferred from son to son. This means Zelophehad’s line would stop here and there be no inheritance for his daughters. They appealed to Moses to create an exception in the law for them so their father’s line would continue and so they could inherit land once they arrived in Canaan. Moses took it to The Lord and The Lord agreed to create an exception in the law for them to inherit as long as they married within their tribe, which means their husbands will be adopted as sons into their immediate family. The marriage clause in this addendum may seen trite but we will see it will have great significance and impact in the future.

Several years pass and after Canaan has been conquered and they are dividing up and doling out land grants, the daughters of Zelophehad approach Joshua and remind him of the exception awarded to them by Moses so they can inherit the land. Joshua checks and them concurs with them and they become the first females within the Jewish community to inherit land and carry on the family name.

Why is this significant? This small, legal entanglement, coupled with Jeconiah’s curse, created a situation where The Lord pulls an apparent rabbit out of his hat when Mary’s virgin birth of Our Lord (the seed of the woman) established the greatest miracle of all with God becoming man. Mary, being of the line of David through Solomon’s second surviving son, Nathan, as we are told by Luke, fulfilled the prophecy that Jesus would be of the tribe of Judah and of the bloodline of David. There is still the problem of the legal royal line that still carries the curse. Matthew tells us that Joseph was of the royal bloodline of David through Solomon’s first surviving son, Rehoboam. Since Joseph was married to Mary and we find in Luke that her father had no sons, which means the exception-to-the-rule inheritance takes effect and Joseph becomes a son to Mary’s father which means Christ, by law becomes part of the royal line thus bypassing the cursed bloodline of Jeconiah. Wow! Isn’t that an ultra cool flanking maneuver by Our Lord? No one but Our Creator could have come up with such an unexpected chess move as this where he had Satan in check a thousand years before the move played out…only Satan didn’t know it.

I think the events of the daughters of Zelophehad’s appeal to Moses and Jeconiah’s curse by the Lord are just a couple of the thousands of strands of prophecy that is woven throughout the bible to form proof of the power and the majesty and of the unmistakable and irrefutable fact the The Lord is the only true God and Creator of all things.

God Bless, Jim


for Koinonia Institute

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