Based on Luke Jesus will inherit David's throne, however, Jehoiakim descendants can Not sit on David's throne as he is cursed by God.

Jeremiah 36:30 Therefore this is what the LORD says about Jehoiakim king of Judah: He will have no one to sit on the throne of David; his body will be thrown out and exposed to the heat by day and the frost by night.

Luke 1:32 - 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

The below confirm lineage of David to Jehoiakim.

1 Chronicles 3 (Sons of David) The Kings of Judah 10 Solomon’s son was Rehoboam, Abijah his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son, 11 Jehoram[d] his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son, 12 Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son, 13 Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son, 14 Amon his son, Josiah his son. 15 The sons of Josiah: Johanan the firstborn, Jehoiakim the second son, Zedekiah the third, Shallum the fourth. 16 The successors of Jehoiakim: Jehoiachin[e] his son, and Zedekiah.

Matthew 1:1-11, "Josiah was the father of Jehoiachin and his brothers (born at the time of the exile to Babylon)."

Luke 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. does not mention Mary lineage to David

Note: Shealtiel (son of Jehoiakim) & Zerubbabel (grandson of Jehoiakim) in both & Zerubbabel sons Abiud (in Matt) & Rhesa (in Luke) so even if Luke is related to Mary line arguably a descendant of Jehoiakim.


Jeremiah 36:30

Therefore this is what the LORD says about Jehoiakim king of Judah: He will have no one to sit on the throne of David; his body will be thrown out and exposed to the heat by day and the frost by night.

The context here is the horizontal/temporal kingdom of Judah, not the vertical kingdom of God. Jesus rejected this man-made throne as well in John 6:15

Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

On the other hand, we have in Psalm 89

3 You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant,
4‘I will establish your line forever
and make your throne firm through all generations.’ ”

The promise is for the Messiah to inherit the eternal throne in the spiritual kingdom of God.

  • What is the "the horizontal kingdom of Judah"? – curiousdannii Feb 25 at 14:08
  • I added in the answer. – Tony Chan Feb 25 at 14:51

The curse put onto Jehoiakim would have passed onto Jesus if Joseph had of ‘fathered’ Jesus. Joseph was in the line of David - but so was Mary, and Mary”s line did not come “under’ the curse of Jehoiakim, which was for ‘males’. Jesus qualifies as a legal consideration for the Throne under two lines! (of genealogy).

Joseph was a descendant of Jeconiah, but Jesus was virgin born by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:35). Had Joseph been his actual physical father, Jesus would not have been able to sit on the throne of David as the Messiah-King. Jesus’ only human parent was Mary. Consequently, He inherited the royal blood line through Mary and the legal right to be king through his father, Joseph. And, by not being a direct descendant, He avoided the “curse.”

So Jesus will be able to, and will legitimately take the Throne of David, in Jerusalem, as both promised (to Israel) and prophecied throughout the Old Testament.

  • Thanks for your answers. Naturally there would be some mixing of bloodlines. The problem is; 1) Matrilineal ancestry is irrelevant to tribe identification, always the fathers line Numbers 1:18 2) A lot of assumptions Luke 3:23-38 relates to Mary, no evidence and unlikely could have a lineage of a female going so far back & no one would do a lineage of mothers. 3) Joseph in Matt1:1-17 may be a different Joseph or an error naming 2 different fathers (Jacob or Helli) - once again no really evidence. Luke 1:27 added to question doe not mention Joseph lineage to David but not Mary. – another theory Feb 25 at 12:08
  • I should mention Matthew 1:16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. That should not be taken to indicate evidence that Luke relates to Mary. – another theory Feb 25 at 12:28
  • @another theory One difficulty you can have is understanding genealogy from a Hebraic perspective. Genealogy is always decided using a ‘legalistic’ line, not a blood line. Example. If a Hebrew Man marries, and dies childless, his wife could have a child via a relative of her Husband, and that child’s genealogy would have the husband (who died) as the legal Father, and thus [legally] inherit anything/all the ‘rights’ of that line - despite not necessarily having any ‘blood’ connection with her original husband at all. Whereas a ‘curse’ always follows a ‘blood’ line. – Dave Feb 25 at 19:04
  • yes I accept your point. I was looking for more clear text evidence on a position, whatever this may be. Rather then possibilities. Arguably if Jesus is Son of or God is there any need for lineage. – another theory Feb 26 at 10:49
  • @another theory The lineage is crucial - for multiple reasons. First it was prophesied. Jesus would be King of Israel, [ therefore needed to be ] in the ‘line’ of David. Secondly, he has to be the accepted King of Israel in order to be able to deal with Satan and his cohorts. (God can’t just ‘do’ this just because He’s Almighty (which he is)). And, this ‘dealing with oppression’ was promised! (to Israel.) – Dave Feb 26 at 19:40

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