A king, a curse and a secret princess.
It was the last days of Judah.
(the Southern kingdom of Israel)
Jeconiah (Jehoiachin) was king.
2 Kings 24:8-15
To paraphrase…Jeconiah was an evil king.
Can a corrupt throne be allied with you–
a throne that brings on misery by its decrees? Psalm 94:20
The prophet Jeremiah was sent by the Lord numerous times with a word telling Jeconiah to straighten up and live right with God.
Hear the word of the LORD to you, king of Judah, you who sit on David’s throne–you, your officials and your people who come through these gates. Jeremiah 22:2
Jeconiah set himself against the prophet Jeremiah.
Yet, another warning from the Lord that Jeremiah
was delivered to Jeconiah :
…”O land, land, land, Hear the word of the LORD! “Thus says the LORD, ‘Write this man down childless, A man who will not prosper in his days; For no man of his descendants will prosper Sitting on the throne of David Or ruling again in Judah.'”
A curse to Jeconiah’s (and King David’s) blood line?
Jeremiah prophesied in Jeremiah 2:37 that Jeconiah would leave his throne and his land in captivity.
You will also leave that place with your hands on your head, for the LORD has rejected those you trust; you will not be helped by them.
Jeconiah, his son Shealtiel, and many others were taken captive and moved to the city Babylon.
The descendants of Jehoiachin the captive: Shealtiel his son,
1 Chronicles 3:17
Some years later, after the exile, Jeconiah’s great grandson Zerubbabel (son of Pedaiah) returns to his land and should be king but, he is not (only a Governor) due to the curse on Jeconiah’s throne and the land.
The royal line of David appears to be broken.
Here is a line of descendants to follow Zerubbabel
(from Matthew 24: 13 -16)
Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim,Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud, Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
Isn’t this is interesting?
So, Joseph, son of Jacob, husband of Mary…should have been a Prince or the sitting King during his lifetime?
Yet, Joseph grows up poor and humble (yet righteous man)
Joseph is off of the throne due to a curse of his forefathers?
The Old Testament prophesied that Messiah and King would be from the line of David but with this blood line it seems impossible.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah9:6-7
Is there another blood line of King David’s that isn’t cursed?
A secret prince …
Nathan’s blood line was a line not cursed by Jeconiah’s
foolish decisions and disobedience to God.
Nathan was King David’s and Bathsheba’s child.
David reigned in Jerusalem thirty-three years, and these were the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon. These four were by Bathsheba daughter of Ammiel.
1 Chronicles 3: 4-5
Mary (mother of Jesus) was of the royal blood line that came through Nathan!
Mary, the secret Princess?
Here is Mary’s abbreviated line chronicled in Luke 3:31:
the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha,
the son of Nathan, the son of David,
(You can read King David’s complete blood line in 1 Chronicles 3)
(You can read Mary’s and Jesus’ complete blood line in Luke 3)
(3…the number of the Trinity…interesting)
So, here we have two poor, humble, God fearing people,
(Joseph and Mary)
who will soon be married by an arrangement made by Mary’s father.
Did either of them realize that they were of “Royal Blood”?
Or, had everyday life and hard times erased any image or thoughts of royalty from their minds and lives?
A secret Prince.
And…a secret Princess!
Now, this is the awesome part!!
Because this was a virgin birth…
Mary conceived Jesus by the Holy Spirit, not Joseph…
There is NO CURSE!!!
This is described in Luke 1:26-35:
God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
The curse is broken!
Royalty is restored!
King Jesus sits on the restored throne of David!
Do you realize that our story is so similar?
You and I were also born under a curse.
You know the story, right?
The curse of Adam.
The woman, the apple & the serpent.
(That sounds like a book title)
We too are a “secret Prince” or “secret Princess” through our Messiah and King Jesus.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Peter 2:9-10
Has everyday life, sin and hard times erased any image or thoughts of royalty from our own minds?
Sin does not have to reign in your kingdom and close the door to our royal priesthood.
Grace returns our crown!
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:11-14
Wear your crown with your head held high!
You are royalty!
So am I!