The first big challenge for Mathew and Luke was to prove that Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was a direct descendant of the second king of the Israelites. Both of them were aware of the fact that messiahs were only to be raised from the House of David.
They both got to the same conclusion: to prove that Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was related to David, they needed to create a family tree for Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus, showing that his pedigree could be traced back to the king of the star.
Mathew started with Abraham, but Luke went a step further. He started from Adam.
I will not include in the table those individuals from Adam to Abraham in Luke’s list because there is no need. Read both lists at the same time, and you will discover something very, very interesting:
Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus
Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus
Luke’s list is much longer, but that is not the greatest problem. If you noticed, both lists from Abraham to David are exactly the same. However, from David on, they are totally different! How can that be possible? None of them match! This is the first proof that Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was not the christ since his birth. He was not a direct descendant of David’s!
Both Mathew and Luke knew it, so they came up with the scheme of the genealogy. But as I mentioned before, they were not working as a team. They even did their writings in different places and time, so they did not have a chance to compare their work to align them to each other’s.
Mathew did the obvious. Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– had to have been conceived through the line of the kings of Judea to be accepted as the messiah, so he decided to use the genealogy of the kings that was of public knowledge.
Luke, on the other hand, did not see the importance of Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– descending from all the kings. His goal was to relate Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– to David, so he chose to make him descend from Nathan, who was in fact David’s son and Solomon’s brother. For Luke, the requirement had been met. Now Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was a direct descendant of David.
This is a major discrepancy, don’t you think? All catholics and christians believe that the bible was inspired by the holy spirit, but how could an all-knowing god have made such a mistake?
One day, when I was discussing Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– with an evangelist, I asked him, “Who is Jesus’ grandfather?” He immediately answered, “Jacob.” Then I told him, “If I told you that you are wrong, would you believe me?” “No,” he replied, “I’m sure Jacob was Jesus’ grandfather.” Then I asked him if I could borrow his bible, and I showed him Luke’s genealogy where it is stated that Yeshua’s – A.K.A. Jesus– grandfather was Heli. The color disappeared from his face, and did not know what to say. I thought he was going to pass out, so I told him that besides Mathew’s, there was another genealogy written by Luke, and that was the one I was showing him. After a while, he mumbled, “I have been reading the bible for eight years now, and I did not know that there was another genealogy of Jesus in it.”
I thought that was going to be the end of the discussion, but the following week he called me to tell me that he had the answer to that problem. He had asked his pastor, and he had told him that there was no contradiction at all. The pastor had said that since Mathew was writing for the Jews and Luke for the Greeks, Mathew had used the Hebrew name, Jacob, and Luke had used the Greek equivalent, Heli. Then I asked my friend if he was satisfied with that answer. He said that since it made sense, he was happy with it. I told him that I was sorry to break his bubble one more time, but that was a lie, too. To prove it, I told him that when Luke mentions Jacob, Isaac’s son, he does not call him Heli, but Jacob. For his pastor’s explanation to make sense, all the “Jacobs” in Mathew’s list should have been called Heli by Luke.
Catholics have a different answer to explain the inconsistency. First of all, they do not accept it is a contradiction. They say that Jacob married Joseph’s mother, but he died before his wife conceived, so, according to the Law of Moses, his brother, Heli, had to sleep with his sister-in-law to beget a son for his brother, Jacob. So Jacob was Joseph’s legal father and Heli was his biological father. Pretty convincing, isn’t it? Well, that, too, is a lie.
If that were the case, it would mean that Solomon, and the rest of the kings, also died without procreating, and their brothers had to beget sons for them.
As we all know, Solomon alone had 700 wives, 300 concubines and more than 500 children. All the other kings had their own descendants, and the personages mentioned in Luke’s genealogy are not registered as brothers of these monarchs.
Either Mathew or Luke is lying about the true genealogy of Yeshua– A.K.A. Jesus–. The question now is not whether Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was a descendant of David, because the way they put it, he is. The question now is, was Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– related to Solomon and all the subsequent kings, as Mathew wrote, or was he related to Nathan, as Luke wrote?
Who do you think is lying? I think both of them are!
Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was not related to the house of David. All Jews knew that. That was why they never thought he could be the messiah.
Read what the common people thought about him:
16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
16:14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
6:15 Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets.
9:8 And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.
Some thought Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was Elijah; others thought he was John the Baptist, but none thought he was the deliverer:
In fact, none of the Jews accepted Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– as the deliverer because all of them knew he was not of the Royal House of David.
Read what Mathew wrote:
13:54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
13:56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
13:57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
Why were the Jews offended? They were offended because they knew Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was not of royal upbringing. The son of a carpenter could not be the messiah.
Yeshua himself knew he was not of royal origins:
22:41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
22:42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.
22:43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
22:44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
22:45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
22:46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
It is very clear in these verses that Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was aware of god’s alleged covenant with David. If he wanted the people to consider him the christ, he had to make the people doubt that the deliverer had to be a son of David; hence the remark, If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? Because a father does not call “Lord” his own son.
But no matter how hard Mathew and Luke worked to hide the fact that Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus–was not related to David by the blood, by inventing his genealogy, they still failed.
Neither of them took into consideration that, according to their own gospels, Joseph had nothing to do with the conception of Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus. According to them, Mary conceived being a virgin. So, even if Joseph had been related to David, Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– still would not have been related to the multi-cited king. Joseph’s blood was not flowing through Yeshua’s – A.K.A. Jesus– veins.
Trying to fix this problem, apologists argue that the genealogy made by Luke was not Joseph’s but Mary’s. They assert that Luke was making Mary’s genealogy, but since the Hebrew was a patriarchal society, instead of mentioning the wife, he mentioned the husband. And because in Hebrew there is not an equivalent to the word son-in-law, Joseph was considered to be the son. The problem is that Mary’s father’s name was not Heli, but Joachim. The Heli in Luke’s genealogy was not related to Mary at all.
If Luke and Mathew really wanted Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– to have royal blood, they should have made it clear that it was Mary who was a direct descendant of David’s, not Joseph. But Luke himself states that Mary was related to Elizabeth, Zachariah’s wife, and she was from the lineage of Aaron, meaning she was part of the Levites or priests.
As you can see, Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was not of royal blood; therefore he was not qualified to be the christ. Up to this day, the Jews are still waiting for their deliverer. Or maybe they have already gotten one, the U.S.
Yeshua – A.K.A. Jesus– was made the christ after his death, and not by the Hebrew god, but by his followers. If the god of the Jews had intervened, he would have chosen a son of David.
Mathew and Luke had no divine inspiration, either. Otherwise, they would have never made such an obvious mistake.
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