We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Missing Person, Part 2

Missing Person, Part 2

If you recall from yesterday, we were searching for the mysterious missing person in the family tree of Jesus. If you followed the clues from Jeremiah 22 and 52, you would have found that the missing person was Jechoniah. But how is this possible? Jeconiah was cursed by God never to have children. Then how in the world does he show up in the family history of Jesus in Matthew chapter 1?

If you study the life of Jechoniah you will find that something miraculous happens at the end of his life. In the last few verses of the book of Jeremiah, we learn that Jechoniah, after 37 years of imprisonment, is suddenly freed. And he’s not only freed; he is also seated above all the kings of the land and receives an allowance from the king of Babylon, a change of royal clothing, and a seat at the king’s table for dining. Now this is extremely strange. Why? The Old Testament doesn’t say.

But the New Testament unravels the mystery. In Matthew chapter 1 Jechoniah is mentioned twice–before Babylon and after Babylon. Before Babylon he is considered as a dead man in the eyes of God–cursed, never to have children. But after Babylon, he is given a new life and has a son whom he names, Shealtiel. The name Shealtiel is significant because it unlocks the mystery of Jechoniah’s miraculous deliverance from prison and the miraculous birth of a son–for Shealtiel means, “I ASKED GOD!”

No matter how bleak one’s life has become, deliverance is just three words away.

Published in: on December 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm  Leave a Comment