Today’s Scripture: 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. Jeremiah 22:30

Have you ever doubted that God was going to keep His Word? I pray this story will be an encouragement to you.

God promised David that the Messiah would be his descendant and would also be king of Israel. It became obvious that it was God’s will for Solomon to become the successor to the throne.

Solomon’s sons would end up being the kings of Judah for centuries. That ended when Babylon conquered Judah. In Jeremiah 22, Jeremiah predicted that no descendant of Coniah (also known as Jeconiah, or Jehoiachin) would ever be king.

In our finite minds, this causes a problem for God. He told David that Messiah would be his descendant and would be king over Israel, but then He told Jehoiachin (a descendant of David) that none of his descendants would reign, even though they were the rightful heirs to the throne.

God fulfilled both prophecies exactly. Joseph was the legal heir to the throne because he was the descendant of Jehoiachin. However, none of his ancestors were kings after the time of Jehoiachin. Joseph was Jesus’ legal father, but not by blood. Jesus was the Son of God and born of Mary, the virgin. Because Joseph was the legal heir to the throne, Jesus became the legal heir to the throne by adoption. Christ is correctly the next in line to be king, but He is not a descendant of Jehoiachin because He was not Joseph’s son.

God, however, still had to keep His word with David. Yes, Jesus will legally be on David’s throne, but that wasn’t the only thing promised to David. Messiah had to be a descendant of David. Mary, Jesus’ mother, was a descendant of David through his son, Nathan. Since Jesus was born to Mary, he was a direct descendant of David through Nathan.

God fulfilled two contradicting prophecies because God always keeps His Word. You can rely on Him.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.