What is the curse of Jeconiah?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Jeconiah, also called "Jehoiachin" (1 Chronicles 3:16, NIV) and "Coniah" (Jeremiah 22:24), was a king of Judah who was deported as part of the Babylonian captivity (Esther 2:6; 1 Chronicles 3:17). ...

July 01 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Open uri20140307 10589 8rgfj9 Darrell Thatcher
Haggai 1:14 - Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel
(He's he son of Shealtiel often in Ezra, Nehemiah and Haggai)

1 Chronicles 3:19 says Zerubbabel's father was Pedaiah a son of Jeconiah

So, unless Shealtiel and Pedaiah are the same person, this looks to me like the Zerubbabel of Haggai was not the same person as the grandson of Jeconiah.

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Nils 1 Nils Jansma Supporter Missionary in San Diego California
What is the curse of Jeconiah? This question has been already answered to some extent in previous responses. However, the answer may be more complicated and is, in my opinion, a testimony to the preplanning of God. The answer I propose, as already stated, uses the fact that Jesus had no earthly father and, therefore, would not be related to Joseph’s lineage through Jeconiah. This appears to solve the problem of the “curse of Jeconiah.” 

Nevertheless, if you count Jesus’ lineage through Mary, you still have a problem because she was a woman and normally would not be allowed to inherit from her father. But, providentially, a provision was made clear back in the time of Moses that would allow Mary to inherit legally if she had no brothers and married within her tribe. This would mean that Mary’s husband would become the legal son of her father. In this way, Jesus was the legal offspring of David through his other son, Nathan, who was in the lineage of Mary. Joseph would also be recognized as a son of David through Nathan and not through Jeconiah. That is why Luke says that Joseph is the “son of Heli,” Mary’s father. (Luke 3:23)

This foresight on the part of God involved the family of Zelophehad during the Wilderness sojourn. He had five daughters and no sons. This would mean that when the land was divided up in the Promised Land, the daughters of Zelophehad would not inherit any property. They complained to Moses about this who then asked the LORD about the matter. God stipulated that the five daughters would be allowed to inherit land and title just as if they were sons. (Numbers 27:1-11)

That, however, was not the end of the matter. The tribe of Zelophehad also complained to Moses saying that they feared that a daughter who inherited land might marry a man not in her tribe. In that way, the tribe would actually lose land through such a marriage. So, again the complaint was brought to the LORD, who then said that the woman who is qualified to inherit land must marry within her father’s tribe. (Numbers 36:5-13)

The story isn’t over yet. Finally when they entered the Promised Land, apparently no one seemed to remember God’s commands regarding the right of a woman to inherit. So the five daughters had to present their case again to the Priest Eleazar, who then informed Joshua of the daughters’ right to inherit land with the stipulation that they marry within the tribe of their father, which they did. (Joshua 17:3-6)

It is amazing to me that God set this up as an extension of the Law while the Israelites were still in the Wilderness. Since Zelophehad was among those who were to never enter the Promised Land, it was important that a brotherless woman’s right to inherit be protected. Who would have thought that such a provision would be made that could be used to compensate for God’s later curse on King Jechoniah?

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