King David's Descendants



Question:  Who are David’s descendants today?


There are mainly two interpretations for your question.  The Jewish, and the Christian.

In the Jewish, the Messiah is yet to come, and he will be totally human, as decided by rabbinic wisdom!

The Christian is well known, and is declared and described in the New Testament.   He died in approx. AD 33, rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven.  He is yet to descend from Heaven to Earth again, “when His enemies are made His footstool” Heb.10:13; Psm.110:1. 

Wikipedia: the Jewish: In Jewish eschatology, the term mashiach, or "Messiah", came to refer to a future Jewish king from the Davidic line, who is expected to be anointed with holy anointing oil and rule the Jewish people during the Messianic Age.[44][45][46] The Messiah is often referred to as "King Messiah", or, in Hebrew, מלך משיח (melekh mashiach), and, in Aramaic, malka meshiḥa.[47]

Orthodox views have generally held that the Messiah will be a patrilineal descendant of King David,[48] and will gather the Jews back into the Land of Israel, usher in an era of peace, build the Third Temple, father a male heir, re-institute the Sanhedrin, and so on.  Jewish tradition alludes to two redeemers, both of whom are called mashiach and are involved in ushering in the Messianic ageMashiach ben David; and Mashiach ben Yosef.  In general, the term Messiah unqualified refers to Mashiach ben David (Messiah, son of David).[44][45]

Wikipedia: the Christian: In the Christian interpretation the "Davidic covenant" of a Davidic line in 2 Samuel 7 is understood in various ways, traditionally referring to the genealogies of Jesus in the New Testament.  One Christian interpretation of the Davidic line counts the line as continuing to Jesus son of Joseph, according to the genealogies which are written in Matthew 1:1-16 descendants of Solomon and Luke 3:23-38 descendants of Nathan son of David through the line of Mary.

Because Jews have historically believed that the Messiah will be a male-line descendant of David, the lineage of Jesus is sometimes cited as a reason why Jews do not believe that he was the Messiah.  As the proposed son of God, he could not have been a male descendant of David because according to the genealogy of his earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, he did not have the proper lineage, because he would not have been a male descendant of Mary, and Joseph, who was a descendant of Jeconiah, because Jeconiah's descendants are explicitly barred from ever ruling Israel by God (Jer. 22:30)!

Another Christian interpretation emphasizes the minor, non-royal, line of David through Solomon's brother Nathan as it is recorded in the Gospel of Luke chapter 3 (entirely undocumented in the Hebrew Bible), which is often understood to be the family tree of Mary's father.  A widely spread traditional Christian interpretation relates the non-continuation of the main Davidic line from Solomon to the godlessness of the line of Jehoiachin which started in the early 500s BC, when Jeremiah cursed the main branch of the Solomonic line, by saying that no descendant of "[Je]Coniah" would ever reign on the throne of Israel again (Jeremiah 22:30).[50]  Some Christian commentators also believe that This same "curse" is the reason why Zerubbabel, the rightful Solomonic king during the time of Nehemiah, was not given a kingship under the Persian empire.[51]

Note; as seen above there is dispute re. Mary and Joseph, because of the statement of God re. Jeconiah; but that is solved by the acceptance of Gen. 3:15 (the seed of the woman); and the fact that the Father was God Himself; Luke 1:35!


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