The Tenth Man, Blotted out and the Blood Curse of Jeconiah

The Tenth Man

In Ruth 4:12 - "And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the Lord shall give theof this young Woman."

Deuteronomy 23:2 "A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord, even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord."

In Genesis 38 there is the account of Judah having sexual relations with Shuah.  Shuah had a son named Er.  After another encounter, she had a second son named Onan.  After a third encounter, she had a third son named Shelah.  Later on, Judah got a wife for Er named Tamar where they did not have offspring.  Both Er and Onan's lives were taken by the Lord and Judah, by the tradition (levirate law of marriage - Deut 25:5-10) of a brother taking the place in the death of a brother to give the wife offspring, Judah promised Shelah to Tamar but it never happened.   Tamar waited for it to happen and later in trickery, posing as a harlot unbeknownst to Judah who she was because time had gone by and her change of appearance, had twin offspring through Judah, named Zerah and Pharez (Perez in some translations).  Note that once Judah had found out about the trickery he acknowledge the incident and never again had sexual relations with her.

Notice now the lineage given in Luke and Mathew.  Mathew starts with Abraham.  The tenth generation of Pharez is King David.

Luke 3:31 - 34

Generation Father
1 Pharez
2 Hezron
3 Ram
4 Amminadab
5 Nahshon
6 Salmon
7 Boaz
8 Obed
9 Jesse
10 David

Blotted Out

Another interesting aspect in Mathew's generations is he omits three names in the House of David.  The three that are missing were idolaters Ahaziah, Joash and Amaziah.  In Deuteronomy 29:20 - The Lord will not spare him (who worshipped idols) ... shall blot out his name from under heaven

Mathew 1:7-9

Verse Father Notes
7 Soloman  
7 Rehoboam  
7 Abijah  
7 Asa  
8 Jehoshaphat  
8 Jehoram and Jehoram begat Uzziah
  Ahaziah *  
  Joash *  
  Amaziah *  
9 Uzziah  
9 Jotham  

Curse of Jeconiah

In the book of Jeremiah there is the King Jeconiah, who is also called Coniah and Jehoiachin, who does so many things to upset the Lord that we read in Jeremiah 22:30 - "Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah."  In the New Testament, we are given two Genealogies where one list the linage of Jesus Christ.  Mary's lineage goes through one of King David's sons named Nathan and Joseph's lineage goes through another of King David's son's named Solomon.  As you know the Father of Jesus Christ is not Joseph as Joseph was his "legal father" and this solved the problem of the blood curse off Jeconiah.  

To see how God took care of this problem for the family line of the Messiah read The Daughters of Zelophehad.  Notice that in the scriptural references it appears since Jeconiah is in captivity in Babylon, that after the captivity Salathiel apparently marries a daughter King Jeconiah to continue on the royal line as an adopted line.  This is also the case Zerubbabel who was married into the royal line.

Interesting extra:

There were Fourteen generations from Abraham to David.
There were Fourteen generations from David until the carrying away into Babylon.  Recall the three that were blotted out from the Seventeen.
There were Fourteen generations from Babylon unto Jesus Christ.


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