MembersIs the Messiah the Son of David? (Part 1)

Part 1 on how can the Messiah can be the Son of David when ancestry was determined only by the father’s lineage and Jesus had no earthly father.

By Gershon Nerel | | Topics: Messiah
An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man walks past the Golden Gate, as he circles around all the gates to the Temple Mount while praying in Jerusalem's Old city, early morning on August 4, 2019. The gate, also known as the Mercy Gate, has been sealed up Medieval times. Jewish tradition holds that the Divine Presence used to appear through this gate and will appear again when the Messiah comes. Christian tradition holds that Jesus Christ passed through this gate on Palm Sunday. In Arabic, it is known as Bab al-Dhahabi. Similar to Christians, Muslims generally believe this was the gate through which Jesus as Messiah, entered Jerusalem. Archeologists are prevented from working and researching the gate. Any Israeli advance near the Temple Mount sparks Palestinian Muslim rage and suspicion. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ??? ?????? ?? ???? ???? ??? ????? ?????? ??? ????? ??????? ????? ???? ????? ????? ????? ?????? Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90

2000 years ago Jews in the Galilee, in Judea, and outside of Eretz Israel, the Land of Israel, were fully convinced that Yeshua (Jesus), the inspiring rabbi-teacher and the miracles performer, was the son of a man called Joseph (Luke 3:23), “of the house of David” (Luke 1:27; 2:4). Many believed that his mother was Miriam from Nazareth (John 6:42).

At the very beginning of Matthew’s Gospel in the New Testament (NT), the apostle wrote about Messiah Yeshua’s family-tree as follows: “This is the genealogy of Yeshua the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matt 1:1).

As a matter of principle, according to biblical narration all parentage lists refer only to the ancestry’s fathers, neglecting to mention the mothers’ names.

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7 responses to “Is the Messiah the Son of David? (Part 1)”

  1. Robert's World says:

    Gershon, this is a great beginning! I almost feel like I am watching some television series where you are left hanging and have to stay tuned for the next episode.
    Next week, same time??

  2. Vernon Ryan says:

    With God, all things are possible, is He not the Father of us all?

  3. Taylor Sealy says:

    I don’t believe that Yeshua was challenging the view that he was descended from David physically but raising a question from Psalm 110 that illustrates how he can be descended from David and at the same time be a physical manifestation of God. Michael Rood in his Chronological Gospels (and numerous teaching videos) shows how there was a translation error from the original Hebrew language gospel of Matthew (of which there are several dozen found to date by Dr. Nehemia Gordon and Dr. Miles Jones) to the Greek in showing the Joseph of that genealogy to be Miriam’s father and not husband, although her husband’s name was also Joseph. That also makes the required 14 generations come out correctly. The genealogy in Luke was for Miriam’s husband Joseph.

  4. Anna Puffer says:

    Arnold Fruchtenbaum has a much better answer. He contends one NT lineage is for Joseph but the other for Mary as both were from the house of David. Thus Jesus did have a blood line through His only natural parent, Mary, that goes back to David but not through Solomon. Joseph’s line through Solomon goes through Jeconiah whom God cursed. Mary’s line, however, goes through Nathan and thus is not cursed from the David’s thrown. God is all wise! Thus. if Joseph was the father of Jesus, Jesus had no claim to David’s thrown. Yet actually being a descendant of Mary and the Holy Spirit He does!

  5. AdinoBenaiah says:

    “Many believed that his mother was Miriam from Nazareth (John 6:42)”
    Can you please explain how John 6:42 or any other Scripture supports this statement?

    Luke 3:23 – The genealogy is obviously that of Mary, since “Heli” was not the father of Joseph (Matt 1:16) and Joseph was descended from Solomon (Matt 1:7), not “Nathan” (Luke 3:31).

    Joseph can be called Heli’s “son” because he was a son-in-law, read 1 Sam 24:16 and 1 Sam 22:14 for proof, plus Mary had no brother. By the very Jewish law mentioned above, Joseph would be reckoned among Heli’s sons, because the genealogy was reckoned by the father, not the mother.

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