This is the genealogy of the Heirs of David. An heir is not always the biological son/gransdon. Jeconiah makes a distant cousin Shealtiel (a descendant of David’s son Nathan) his heir, his son. Everyone closer had been killed. Jesus is the legal heir of David! Luke 3 traces the biological line.
As we start the new year, it’s helpful to consider the character of Joseph.
Apart from being a just man, and one who was clearly other-centered, Joseph walked obediently before the Lord. He submitted under God’s will _and_ went about God’s will with all diligence.
We can be encouraged here with Joseph’s humility, with his active faith as he listened to the Lord and walked before Him.
* Father God,
From the rising of the sun to the setting we praise Your Name!
Please bless and keep us in this new year, mark us as a faithful obedient people, as Joseph was here.