“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.”

Matthew 1:17 KJV

Seventeen verses in the New Testament describe Jesus as the “son of David.” But the question arises, how could Jesus be the son of David if David lived approximately 1000 years before Jesus? The answer is that Christ (the Messiah) was the fulfillment of the prophecy of the seed of David. In the Bible it says, “I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.” 2 Samuel 7:14-16 KJV  And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. Matthew 1 gives the genealogical proof that Jesus, in His humanity, was a direct descendant of Abraham and David through Joseph, Jesus’ legal father. The genealogy in Luke chapter 3 gives Jesus’ lineage through His mother, Mary. Jesus is a descendant of David, by adoption through Joseph, and by blood through Mary. Primarily though, when Christ was referred to as the Son of David, it was meant to refer to His Messianic title as the Old Testament prophesied concerning Him. For thousands of years, every human child has been born with an inherited sin nature and sinful flesh as it says in the Bible, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:” Romans 8:3 KJV  There is only one exception in history. Although Jesus grew in the womb of Mary, in the same manner as any baby, he was different from all other babies. It appears that he was not genetically related to either Mary or Joseph, for both had an inherited sin nature. Jesus was sinless, and one may reasonably assume without genetic flaw, since he was to serve as the spotless and sacrificial Lamb of God. Jesus was just as fully human as the first Adam. And just like the first Adam, he had no sin nature, no inherited sin, no sinful flesh, which has always been passed from one generation to the next since Adam and Eve’s sin. He was absolutely pure and without sin—from the day he was born, till the day he died. The genealogy of Jesus is described in two passages of the Gospels: Luke 3:23–38[1] and Matthew 1:117.[2] Luke’s genealogy goes back to Adam, through a minor son of David, Nathan and apparently again to Joseph. Matthew’s genealogy commences with Abraham and then from King David‘s son Solomon follows the legal line of the kings through Jeconiah, the king whose descendants were cursed, to Joseph, legal father of Jesus. Both gospels state that Jesus was begotten not by Joseph, but by God, being born to Mary through a virgin birth. These lists are identical between Abraham and David, but they differ radically from that point onward.

As I was reading through the Bible, especially in Samuel where it talks about The King of David, I always come across the saying “Jesus the Son of David.” So I thought it would be helpful to explain the reason behind this. It was pretty complicated, so it was easier to copy out of Wikipedia than trying to explaining in my own words, but it was something that had to be said and told. I am not going to quote to verses in Matthew and Luke, because if you are a Christian, you will read them or already have.The charts below explain the Genealogy of Jesus. Today, let’s take time to acknowledge God’s abundance instead of overlooking the overflow of His blessings. So to end this like King David said, once-wise king who had it all, lost it all, and pondered it all, with his final conclusion: “Fear God and keep His commandments.”  Through faith in God’s Word and the work of the Holy Spirit, listen as He leads you in His way. So why not open your heart up to Jesus Christ because He is the One that died on the cross and paid the penalty for your sins so you could have that free gift of eternal life. Amen

By: Jeff Ellinger







Genealogy of Jesus according to Matthew

  1. Abraham
  2. Isaac
  3. Jacob
  4. Judah & Tamar
  5. Pharez
  6. Hezron
  7. Ram
  8. Amminadab
  9. Nahshon
  10. Salmon & Rahab
  11. Boaz & Ruth
  12. Obed
  13. Jesse
  14. David & Wife of Uriah
  1. Solomon
  2. Rehoboam
  3. Abijam
  4. Asa
  5. Jebahdiah
  6. Jehoram
  7. Uzziah
  8. Jotham
  9. Ahaz
  10. Hezekiah
  11. Manasseh
  12. Amon
  13. Josiah
  14. Jeconiah
  1. Shealtiel
  2. Zerubbabel
  3. Abiud
  4. Eliakim
  5. Azor
  6. Zadok
  7. Achim
  8. Eliud
  9. Eleazar
  10. Matthan
  11. Jacob
  12. Joseph & Mary *
  13. Jesus




Genealogy of Jesus according to Luke

  1. God
  2. Adam
  3. Seth
  4. Enosh
  5. Cainain
  6. Mahalalel
  7. Jared
  1. Enoch
  2. Methuselah
  3. Lamech
  4. Noah
  5. Shem
  6. Arphaxad
  7. Cainan
  8. Shelah
  9. Eber
  10. Peleg
  11. Reu
  12. Serug
  13. Nahor
  14. Terah
  1. Abraham
  2. Isaac
  3. Jacob
  4. Judah
  5. Pharez
  6. Hezron
  7. Ram
  8. Amminadab
  9. Nahshon
  10. Salmon
  11. Boaz
  12. Obed
  13. Jesse
  14. David
  1. Nathan
  2. Mattatha
  3. Menna
  4. Melea
  5. Eliakim
  6. Jonam
  7. Joseph
  8. Judah
  9. Simeon
  10. Levi
  11. Matthat
  12. Jorim
  13. Eliezer
  14. Joshua




  1. Er
  2. Elmadam
  3. Cosam
  4. Addi
  5. Melchi
  6. Neri
  7. Shealtiel
  8. Zerubbabel
  9. Rhesa
  10. Joanan
  11. Joda
  12. Josech
  13. Semein
  14. Mattathias
  1. Mahath
  2. Naggai
  3. Hesli
  4. Nahum
  5. Amos
  6. Mattathias
  7. Joseph
  8. Jannai
  9. Melchi
  10. Levi
  11. Matthat
  12. Heli
  13. Mary[6] & Joseph*
  14. Jesus






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