|Answering The Atheist|
October 14, 2007 / Volume 7, Issue 41
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Did Jeconiah have any sons? Jeremiah 22:28-30 says that he did not, but both 1 Chronicles 3:17-18 and Matthew 1:12 says he did, and one was an ancestor of Jesus. Is there a contradiction?
Both 1 Chronicles 3 and Matthew 1 indicate that Jeconiah had sons, and that he was an ancestor of Jesus. So, our focus must be on the words of Jeremiah regarding Coniah.
Both Jeremiah 22:28 and 22:30 reveal that Jeconiah had children. The question is asked, "Why are they cast out, he and his descendants...?" And again, we are told, "...none of his descendants shall prosper..." Can a man have descendants if he has no children? NO!
Now then, to the words which the questioner has latched to, "Write this man down as childless..." Why? Because he had no children? No, for the very verse in which this statement appears indicates that he had children. These words are intended to convey the disgrace which was brought upon Jeconiah; it was as though he had no children. The natural course was for a king's son to assume the throne after his father, but such would not occur. Instead, Judah's next king would be Zedekiah, not by succession, but by appointment of Nebuchadnezzar.
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible