Forever, O LORD, Your Word is settled in heaven. (Psalm 119:89)In a world of knowledge, rampant with scientific inquiry, is it possible to really believe that the ancient Scriptures are reliable? Many would say
Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah, Uzziah the father of Jotham,
. . . and so on. When we delve into the Old Testament, however, we find a disturbing inconsistency. It turns out that Jehosaphat indeed was the father of Jehoram, but that Jehoram's son was Ahaziah. And Ahaziah was not the only person left out. The line of the kings given in II Chronicles 21-25 has Jehoram, the father of Ahaziah, the father of Joash, the father of Ahaziah, the father of Uzziah.
Many clergy have explained this apparent contradiction in this wise: the three kings that were left out of the record were notorious for giving honor to Baal rather than God. As a result, the Jews omitted them from the line of kings, and this record was what Matthew had as he wrote the Gospel of Matthew.
This approach, however well-meant, ignores the fact that God divinely inspired Matthew to write his book. I Peter 1:21 tells us that Scripture came about as God spoke through man
- Jehoram, the king who was 100% Davidian: Raised up by God.
- Ahaziah, the first king who was omitted from the lineage: God has held back.
- Joash, the kind with only 25% of the Godly bloodline: God has burned [out].
- Jehoaddan, the first queen on the way back to the pure bloodline: God is delighted.
- Amaziah, the king who was 60% Davidian: God has increased.
- Jecoliah, the queen whose son was the first person to get back in the Matthew lineage: God will overcome.
- Uzziah, the first king who was back in "synch": The Strength of God.
- Jerusah, the wife of Uzziah whose son was 90+% Davidian: God has possessed.
- Jotham, the son of Uzziah who was 90+% Davidian: God lives on.