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A Holy Adoption that Shadows our Own.

Jan 15, 2014

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Although it commonly is known that Jesus was a biological descendant of David,
most also assume that He was a biological descendant of Solomon, which is not the case.

In the genealogy listed by Matthew, it says this:
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;
And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
(Matthew 1:1,6,7,16)

So Joseph, Jesus' step-father, was a biological descendant of Solomon.

But since Jesus was not the biological son of Joseph, then He was not a biological descendant of Solomon,
And inn fact, neither was Mary.

And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph,
which was the son of Heli, Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan,
which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David.
(Luke 3:23,31)

What many people overlook is that Joseph was the biological son of Jacob (Matthew 1:16),
who was a biological descendant of Solomon.

However, Heli (Luke 3:23) was actually the father-in-law of Joseph, and Heli was Mary's father,
and Heli was a biological descendant of Nathan (Luke 3:31),
And Nathan, was Solomon's brother (2 Samuel 5:13-14)

Mary had no brothers. Therefore, Mary's husband Joseph, who was Heli's (son-in-law),
became Heli's legal son to continue Heli's family line.

The point of all of this has GREAT SIGNIFICANCE to us, as Biblical inheritance passes from father to
son, And what was so significant about that, is this:

For all legal purposes, Jesus was Joseph's son, even if He was not Joseph's biological son,
he was Josephs Adopted Son,
and that gave him the Full Biological Rights, and made him a LEGAL HEIR, of Joseph's.

The scepter and throne of David and Solomon, MUST pass to the descendants of Judah, through David and Solomon. And that is exactly what happened, Through Joseph's Adoption of Jesus.
The Throne was Rightfully Restored.

Thus, Jesus can be recognized as "Solomon's Heir" through his adoption by his step-father Joseph,
and a Rightful Heir of Solomon, and the Throne.

What I find fascinating about this story is this:
JESUS, was adopted into the Line of Judah and Solomon; Through Joseph,
Just like "WE" are adopted in, and made FULL HEIRS in the Kingdom of GOD,
Through Jesus.

Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Truly, what a Beautiful Picture the LORD'S Life paints for us, as we too, are Restored to our Rightful
Place within the Kingdom of GOD, and FULLNESS of our Inheritance.

But Why Adoption, and WHY, must it all work out this way ?

Remember the Curse against Jechonias (Jeconiah) ?

Jechonias was an evil king in the royal line of David as mentioned in Matthew's genealogy.
God was outraged with him and judged the royal line with a curse: Saying that no descendant of Jechonias would ever again sit as king of Judah (Jeremiah 22:24-30).

On the surface, this would break the Royal Line, and the promise that God made to David, that his son Solomon's seed would always be on the throne,
(1 Chronicles 22:7-10)
Seemingly, this curse would make Jesus ineligible to the throne, as he would have been a descendant of Jechonias.
BUT, that's not how it worked out, Because GOD had a Plan.

Since Jesus was the “adopted son” of Joseph, the curse did not affect his right to the throne as he was not of Jechonias' seed.
This curse also shows that the Messiah could not have a earthly father since the curse would have passed on to him through the earthly bloodline of Jechonias.

What we see, is the Cutting off of the royal line through (Jechonias) and the Restoration of the royal line through JESUS, The KING of KINGS.

Looking to Isaiah, we see the Prophetic words of Isaiah 54:1-17, that clearly outline GODS Plan of Redemption.
Verse 1: Indicates a barren/childless Israel, (Absence of a Rightful Royal line because of Jechonias and the Curse of Jeremiah 22:24-30)
Verse’s 2-3: Indicates not only a restoration, but also an enlargement, as the Gentile nations are Grafted into the family of GOD (We see this take place Only “After the restoration of the Royal Line through Christ Jesus”)
Verse 5: Indicates a former, and later, or, Old and New Covenant (as verse 10 clarifies)

Now notice the following points from Verse's 6-10, as the Lord explains a short time of Forsaking and Rejection, and the Restoration of the Royal Line.
1. A Refused Wife of Youth (Verse 6)
2. A forsaken moment, but a promise of Gathering (Verse 7)
3. A hiding of the LORDS face ( Verse 8 )
4. The Waters of Noah [indicating a cleansing, rebirth/restoration/new day] (Verse 9)
5. The Restored Everlasting Covenant/Marriage (Verse 10)

The next 7 verses (11-17), show the Restoration, and Building of the Kingdom, that came through Christ Jesus. And the finality of his Rule, as the KING of KINGS.

It was Jechoniah whose sins caused God to cut his seed off from ever sitting on David's throne,
(Jeremiah 22:24-30)
Jechoniah's royal line of descendants is listed in the genealogy of Matthew 1 to show the legal right of Joseph, to David's throne (Matthew 1:16)
However, Neither Joseph nor any other of Jechoniah's seed could ever have the spiritual right to the throne. (They Were Cursed)

The restoration would come through Mary's ancestry, that we see in Luke 3:23-38, and then Restored to Judah through the adoption of Christ Jesus by Joseph, thereby Restoring Judah, and the Royal Line as the Bible clearly indicates through the Titles given to JESUS,

Revelation 5:5, JESUS, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
Isaiah 54:5, JESUS, The Redeemer.
Revelation 19:16, JESUS, The KING OF KINGS & LORD OF LORDS.
Isaiah 54:10, JESUS, The Covenant and Restored KING.

The Beauty of GOD's Restoring plan, is simply AMAZING.

Praise GOD !!

With Much Hope and Love,
Pastor Will Matherly