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Why was Joseph in the Line of David? – A Christmas Question.

Birth of Jesus by Bradly Parish -
Birth of Jesus by Bradley J. Parish -

Have you ever wondered why Joseph lineage traced back to David? I mean, after all, he had no “blood in the game” so to speak. Jesus was "seed of the woman." Joseph was Jesus’ step-father.

I’ve heard it taught that Joseph’s lineage was what give Jesus right to the throne, but wouldn’t there have to be blood for that to be true?

His kingly blood came from momma Mary.

Joseph’s part was not one of blood.

Joseph had one very important part of the puzzle. His lineage took them back to that little town of Bethlehem.

Micah foretold an eternal ruler’s beginning.

"But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,Too little to be among the clans of Judah,From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.His goings forth are from long ago,From the days of eternity." - Micah 5:2 NASB

The census decreed by Caesar in the fullness of Mary’s pregnancy required them to go to her husband’s ancestral home town for the counting.

It amazes me. Decade upon decade I’ve read these accounts of our Lord’s birth, and yet every reading exposes another layer. How complex and complete is our Lord’s mastery of time and events! I do so love You Lord.

cropped-BenHeadshot.jpgThanks for coming by.

Merry Christmas.


2 thoughts on “Why was Joseph in the Line of David? – A Christmas Question.

  1. JE Lillie

    This is a really good point Ben. Joseph's blood line was the one that got them to Bethlehem but it could never have gotten Jesus to the throne. The genealogy in Matthew traces Joseph's line to David through Solomon and that line was cursed never to hold the throne again at Jeconiah (Jer. 22:24, 30). But Mary's lineage from David is traced not through Solomon but through David's son Nathan a line not cursed and therefore able to ascend.


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