The two Genealogies of Jesus Christ

Bro. Michael Jacob

Note, first, the two of the four gospels they are found.

            In Mathew, Jesus is portrayed as our KING
            In Mark as Servant
            In Luke as the Man
            In John as the Son of God

Now, a Servant need not produce his genealogy; neither can God have one. It is a King who must have one, and a Man who should have one. Therefore it is that we have two genealogies, and not more than two. And that is why we have one in Mathew giving the Royal genealogy of Jesus as King; and one in Luke giving the Human genealogy of Jesus as Man. Hence, also it is that Mathew's is a descending genealogy while Luke is an ascending one. For Kings must trace their descent, and man must trace his ascent. Mathew's therefore, begins with Abraham, and comes down to Joseph, the Son of Heli, while Luke's starts from Joseph, and goes upto Adam and God.

As far as David both the lists agree. In Mathew, after David, we have his son Solomon; while in Luke we have another son, Solomon's elder brother, Nathan. From this point, therefore, we have two lines. One Mathew gives the Royal line or the Legal line through Solomon; the other Luke gives the Natural line or the Lineal line through Nathan. Both the lines meet in Joseph, the son of Jacob by birth and the son of Heli by marriage with Mary, Heli's only daughter. (Ruth by marriage with Naomi's son was called Maorni's daughter Ruth 1:11-13; PI. read Neh 7:63; Num 36:11,12). Thus the two lines are united and exhausted in JESUS CHRIST.

Now the wonderful fact is that we have in genealogy of Luke 3, exactly 77 names, with GOD at the one end, and JESUS at the other.

On the otherhand, in Mathew, it is so arranged that it contains 42 generations, or Six sevens (6 x 7).

        41 names are named in Mat 1. -      41
        4 names are omitted -                      4 (Ahaziah, Joash, Amasiah, Jehoiakim)
        Add 21 names before Abraham -     21 (from Luke 3)
                                                        =====
                                                        66 names

So that while Jesus is the 77th name in the line which comes through Nathan, it is the 66th name which comes through Solomon.

When we remember, that Six is the human number, and Seven the Divine, we are thus pointed to the fact that Jesus was both Son of God and Son of Man.

In the original:

    While,  JESUS (in Greek) is composed of  6 letters and "CHRIST", His divine title is
    composed of  7 letters.

                        Mathew

                Luke

 

God

 

Adam

 

Seth

 

Enos

 

Cainan

 

Mahaleleel

 

Jared

 

Enoch

 

Methuselah

 

Lamech

 

Noah

 

Shem

 

Arphaxad

 

Cainan

 

Sala

 

Eber

 

Peleg

 

Regu

 

Serugh

 

Nahor

 

Teran

Abraham

Abrahma

Issac

Issac

Jacob

Jacob

Judah

Judah

Pharez

Pharez

Esrom

Esrom

Aram

Aram

Aminadab

Aminadab

Nahason

Nahason

Salmon

Salmon

Boaz

Boaz

Obed

Obed

Jesse

Jesse

David

David

Solomon**

Nathan**

Rehoboam

Mattatha

Abiah

Menan

Asa

Melea

Jehosaphat

Eliakim

Joram

Jonan(Menani)

(Ahaziah)

Joseph

(Joash)

Judah

(Amaziah)

Simeon

Uzziah

Levi

Joatham

Matthat

Ahaz(Achaz)

Jorim

Hezekiah

Eleizer

Manasseh

Jose

Amon

Er

Josiah

Elmodam

(Jehoiakim)

Cosam

Jechoniah

Addi

 

Melchi

Salathiel

Neri

(Shealtiel)
The real son of Jechoniah

Salathiel (Shealtiel)
The royal son of Neri by marriage

Zerubabel

Zerubabel

Abiud

Rhesa

Eliakim

Joanna

Azor

Judah

Sadok

Joseph

Achim

Semci

Eliud

Mattathiah

Eleazar

Maath

Matthan

Nagge

Jacob

Esli

Joseph
The real son of Jacob

Nahum

 

Amos

 

Mattathiah

 

Joseph

 

Janna

 

Melchi

 

Levi

 

Matthat

 

Heli

 

Joseph
(the royal son by marriage)

JESUS CHRIST

JESUS CHRIST

Hence, it does not say, in Luke 3:23, that Heli begot Joseph, but that he was "the son of Heli". The words "the son" are in Italics, that means, it is not in the original. So it should read Joseph of Heli.

 

 
 

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