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The Pardon of Jehoiachin
Many make the claim that Jehoiachin is an invalid ancestor to the Messiah. Jewish references on this subject disagree. Jehoiachin was restored to HaShem, as it is written:
I will also bring back to this place Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and all the other exiles from Judah who went to Babylon,’ declares the LORD, ‘for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’ “
Jehoiachin’s sad experiences changed his nature entirely, and as he repented of the sins which he had committed as king he was pardoned by G-d, who revoked the decree to the effect that none of his descendants should ever become king (Jer. xxii. 30; Pesiḳ., ed. Buber, xxv. 163a, b); he even became the ancestor of the Messiah (Tan., Toledot, 20 [ed. Buber, i. 140]). It was especially his firmness in fulfilling the Law that restored him to G-d’s favor. He was kept by Nebuchadnezzar in solitary confinement, and as he was therefore separated from his wife, the Sanhedrin, which had been expelled with him to Babylon, feared that at the death of this queen the house of David would become extinct…
…Jehoiachin’s life is the best illustration of the maxim, “During prosperity a man must never forget the possibility of misfortune; and in adversity must not despair of prosperity’s return” (Seder ‘Olam R. xxv.).
In Matthew 1:12-16 it is written of the genealogy of Yeshua the Messiah:
12 After the deportation to Babylon: Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel.
13 Zerubbabel was the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor.
14 Azor was the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud.
15 Eliud was the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob.
16 Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.
It would seem that Matthew, the author of Matthew (and the rest of the talmidim of Yeshua), would have been aware of Jehoiachin’s status. If anything, this is a perfect picture of how greatly Jeohiachin was pardoned by G-d, in that the Messiah would come through him, as Mordechai Buber above would agree!