Jesus’ Family Tree: Good and Evil Kings (Part 1)

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King David

Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife.

Matthew 1:6 (NIV)

King David was a man after God’s heart (Acts 13:22). However, the primary mistake he made in his lifetime (1 Kings 15:5) is referenced in Jesus’ genealogy. God gave David a second chance when he repented. And Uriah’s wife, a victim of King David’s sin, became the queen-mother.

Let’s ponder and point our children to this truth–Jesus came to make sure we can always come back to God each time we make a mistake.

King Solomon

Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa..

Matthew 1:7 (NIV)

Solomon had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines: and his wives turned away his heart (1 Kings 11:1-3). Solomon’s sins did not stop God from keeping the covenant He made with Abraham and David.

Let’s ponder and point our children to this truth–Jesus came as proof God keeps His covenant. We can trust God to fulfill His Word.

King Asa & King Jehoshaphat

Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah..

Matthew 1:8 (NIV)

Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the LORD, but only from the physicians. 2 Chronicles 16:12 (NIV)

Thankfully, Asa’s son, Jehoshaphat, learned from his father’s mistake. He sought God’s help throughout his life. May our children learn from our mistakes and not repeat them. Back then, kings had to consult prophets, seers, or priests to hear from God. Jesus changed how to hear from God.

Let’s ponder and point our children to this truth–Jesus came to make it easy for us to seek God’s help. We can hear from God directly, and God can use people to confirm what He has told us to do.

King Uzziah & King Jotham

Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah..

Matthew 1:9 (NIV)

Uzziah was a king who served God when he had a good spiritual mentor, Zechariah. King Uzziah became prideful and decided to perform a priestly duty. God afflicted King Uzziah with leprosy for challenging the priests when they tried to stop him from violating God’s order (See 2 Chronicles 26:12). Thankfully, Uzziah’s son, King Jotham, learned from his father’s mistake–He faithfully served God till he died.

Let’s ponder and point our children to this truth–Jesus came to establish a new order allowing every child of God to serve as priest and king (Rev. 1:5-6). We function in our priestly role when we intercede for others and consecrate ourselves for God’s glory. We function as kings when we establish God’s dominion on earth.

I hope you were encouraged!

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