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Of David's Lineage

Of David's Lineage
Prophecy
"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth." Jeremiah 23:5

Fulfillment
"I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star." Revelation 22:16



Christ's Geneology
The two primary genealogies of Christ's ancestors are found in Matthew chapter 1, it's the first thing in the New Testament, and then Luke chapter 3.

Both Luke and Matthew trace the genealogy from Jesus to David, so there's no question that Jesus is the son of David. Matthew goes through Joseph, and it's a patriarchal line.

Evidently what Luke does, if you'll notice the father of Joseph in Luke is different from the father of Joseph in Matthew. And it says here in Luke chapter 3 verse 23, "And Jesus Himself, being about 30 years of age, being as was supposed the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli."

Now that's different from what you're going to find in Matthew chapter 1 verse 16. The real father of Joseph is Jacob in Matthew 1:16. But evidently, Joseph's father-in-law, Mary's father, was Heli; and it's tracing the genealogy through Mary's father on. So in the Bible it's not uncommon to call the father-in-law the father.
Matthew's genealogy traces it directly through the literal parentage and fathers of Joseph. Luke's genealogy goes and says Joseph's - it was always an insult to just go right to the mother - so it talks about Jesus' father, but it then traces the genealogy through Joseph's father-in-law, which was Heli.

Now the interesting thing is, there are places where the genealogy of Matthew and

Mary merge and they intersect, so Mary and Joseph were [distantly] related also. So it doesn't really matter. Through either one of their genes, Jesus was the son of David.

- Pastor Doug Batchelor, Bible Answers Live
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