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The Key of David

By Warder Cresson (Michael Boaz Israel ben Abraham).

First Pillar in the Genealogy of Jesus

[It is acknowledged by all hands that contradicting Testimony destroys itself.]

1st. If Jesus was not the son of Joseph, what manner of use can there be of tracing his Genealogy down to Joseph, as was done in the 1st chapter of Matthew, and back again in the third of Luke?

2d. If he were begotten by the Holy Ghost and not by Joseph,* as we are assured is the case, How is he of the Tribe of Judah? For the Genealogy is always reckoned through the man and never through the woman, and this is the reason that the Genealogy of the men is only given, and God, or the Holy Ghost, the spirit of God, is of no particular Tribe; and neither Matthew nor Luke gives us one word of the Genealogy of Mary.

* What would we think of a man taking every pains to preserve pure the Genealogy of one particular Breed of a Race Horse, When Behold the cold had no Sire or Father at all!

3d. Matthew gives us twenty-six generations between Jesus and David, and Luke makes forty-one generations, and there are only two names that correspond in the two statements. Matthew gives us thirty-eight generations from Jesus to Abraham, and Luke gives us fifty-five, and only eighteen names correspond out of the fifty-five generations from Jesus to Abraham: can any sound understanding make these agree?

According to Matthew, 1st c. to 17 v.

According to Luke, 3d c. 23 to 35 v.

1. Abraham 1. Joseph, the husband of Mary
2. Isaac 2. Heli
3. Jacob 3. Matthai
4. Judas 4. Levi
5. Phares 5. Melchi
6. Esrom 6. Janna
7. Aram 7. Joseph
8. Aminadab 8. Mattathias
9. Nahson 9. Amos
10. Salmon 10. Naum
11. Boaz 11. Esli
12. Obed 12. Nagge
13. Jesse 13. Maath
14. David 14. Mattathias
15. Solomon 15. Semei
16. Rehoboam 16. Joseph
17. Abia 17. Juda
18. Asa 18. Joanna
19. Josaphat 19. Rhesa
20. Joram 20. Zorobabel
21. Ozias 21. Salathiel
22. Joatham 22. Neri
23. Achaz 23. Melchi
24. Ezekias 24. Addi
25. Manasses 25. Cosam
26. Amon 26. Elmodam
27. Josias 27. Er
28. Jechonias or Coniah 28. Jose
29. Salathiel, see Matt. i. 11; and Jer. xxii. 30 29. Eliezer
30. Zorobabel 30. Jorim
31. Abiud 31. Matthai
32. Eliakim 32. Levi
33. Azor 33. Simeon
34. Sadoc 34. Juda
35. Achim 35. Joseph
36. Eliud 36. Jonan
37. Eleazar 37. Eliakim
38. Matthan 38. Melea
39. Jacob 39. Menan
40. Joseph, the husband of Mary 40. Mattatha
41. Nathan
42. David
43. Jesse
44. Obed
45. Boaz
46. Salmon
47. Nahson
48. Aminidab
49. Aram
50. Esrom
51. Phares
52. Juda
53. Jacob
54. Isaac
55. Abraham

Here is the male line alone given by both Matthew and Luke, and not one word about the Woman, MARY.

And our of fifty-five names, only eighteen are alike in both Genealogies, and for the same Genealogy, which are the following:--

1. Abraham 10. Salmon
2. Isaac 11. Boaz
3. Jacob 12. Obed
4. Judah 13. Jesse
5. Pharez (Perez) 14. David
6. Esrom 15. Salathiel
7. Aram 16. Zorobabel
8. Aminidab 17. Eleazar
9. Nahson 18. Joseph

N.B.--Solomon is entirely left out, and Nathan declared to be the Son of David.
"Joseph, the Husband
of Mary, is declared to have two Fathers, viz., Jacob, see Matt. i. 10, and Heli, see Luke iii. 23. Astounding!

Matthew declared, in the 1st chapter 16th verse, that Jacob was Joseph's Father, and Luke contradicts him and says, in iii. 23, that "Joseph was the son of Heli," and consequently Heli was his father.

4th. How can Joseph be the "son of Jacob" and the "son of Heli?" Can a man be the son of Two Fathers?

5th. How can Jesus be God when God has declared through Job, "How can that be clean that is born of a woman?" Job xxv. 4. "And who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? NOT ONE." Job. xiv. 4. How then can Jesus be God, or that "Holy Thing," as he is declared to be in Luke i. 35? Is not every woman declared to be Unclean for every male child thirty-three days, and for every female sixty-six? See Lev. xii. 4 and 5. How then can Jesus be God, when it is said, "It is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass, than One Tittle of the Law to fail?" Luke xvi. 17.

6th. Jesus has declared himself to be God, in direct violation, in every particular, to the Law of God given in the 13th chapter of Deut., viz. "If there arise among you a Prophet, or a Dreamer of dreams, and gives there a Sign or a Wonder, and that sign or wonder comes to pass, whereof he spoke unto thee saying, Let us go after other Gods which thou hast not known, and let us serve them, Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that Prophet, or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God proveth you to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul."
1st. Jesus is declared by his own followers to be a Prophet. See Luke xxiv. 19.
2d. And that he wrought and gave them many "signs and wonders," or miracles. See Acts ii. 22.
3d. That they "came to pass." Acts. ii. 22.
4th. That he not merely led them after other Gods, but, as self-love is always first, Jesus declared himself God, (see Matt. iv. 7; John viii. 58, and xiv. 9; Col. ii. 9,) and so do his followers declare him God, viz., "I believe in God the Father, God THE SON;" and this God the Jews nor their Fathers had not known for above 4000 years before he was born. So we see that that very Law which Jesus said should "never pass away" (Matt. v. 18,) condemns him as a "Prophet," a "Dreamer of Dreams," or worker of "wonders," and as another false god, and if so, condemned by the "Word" and "Law" of the "Only One Living God;" (See Deut. xiii. 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10.) In full proof of this compare Phil. ii. 6, with John v. 18. In the "Union Bible Dictionary," under the head of "Christ Jesus," page 155, it is said, "though we may not be able to trace this Genealogy,* (of Jesus,) we may be assured of the fact, from the circumstance that the Jews never questioned it." What a most abominable Lie. There is not a living rational Jew on earth who not only "questions it," but also denies it.

* The learned Dr. Adam Clarke says, "either some inconsistencies have since that time crept into the Text, or the True method of reconciling the seeming inconsistencies was formerly better understood, otherwise the enemies of the Gospel would have pointed them out."

Suppose it were possible for the Great and Holy Spirit of God to set us such an example, as for a woman to be with child without having any connection with a man, would it not forever destroy the only distinguishing mark and proof of a woman's virginity and chastity, and would it not forever bid defiance to all courts of justice, and the possibility of preserving a Legitimate Offspring or heir to any Estate?

Would any of our courts of Justice be justified in accepting such a plea from any young woman who should say that she was with child by a Ghost, without a man? And would any young woman be believed in offering such an excuse? No, truly, she would be scorned and laughed at with contempt and astonishment.

How can it be an axiom or true Thesis of God, who is declared to be a Pure, Incorporeal Spirit, by all Theologians, who say, That "God is Without Body, Parts or Passions," and yet assume Body, Parts, and Passions in the womb of a Woman, and yet be unchangeable? Impossible.

How can the Great God be Infinite and Omnipresent, and become a poor little Finite, Present, crying, helpless Baby, subject to all the infirmities and impurities of Infancy, and still remain unchangeable? How utterly astounding and confounding are all these contradictory assertions! Is there one rational or intelligent Being who can make it harmonize with itself, so as to be consistent with the Ubiquity of God?

But let us even admit and suppose that the Genealogy of Jesus was a true and consistent Genealogy down to Jesus, and that Joseph was his father, and of the Tribe of Judah,* as the true Messiah is to be, there would yet remain one insurmountable difficulty, which is, that according to Matthew i. 11, Jesus was the son of Jeconiah, or, as the margin says, Coniah, (see 1 Chron. iii. 14, 17,) where both "Jeconiah's" or "Coniah's" father, Josiah, and also his son "Salathiel," prove it beyond all doubt to be the same "Coniah," or "Jeconiah;" and so does 2 Kings xxiv. 5 and 6. Now year the word of the ever unchangeable God by the Prophet Jeremiah xxii. 24 to 30, concerning this very "Coniah," the son of "Jehoiakim, King of Judah," and concerning every man of his Seed, which, Christians' own testimony, Matthew, declares he was, and which must forever destroy the possibility of Jesus ever being the true Messiah of God: "As I live, saith the Lord, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, King of Judah, were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence. And I will give thee into the hand of them that seek thy life, and into the hand of them whose face thou fearest, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans. And I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bare thee, into another country, where ye were not born; and there shall ye die. But to the land whereunto they desire to return, thither shall they not return. Is this man Coniah, a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they case out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not? O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord, Write ye this man childless, a MAN that SHALL NOT PROSPER IN HIS DAYS: FOR NO MAN OF HIS SEED SHALL PROSPER, SITTING UPON THE THRONE OF DAVID, AND RULING ANY MORE IN JUDAH."

* Mark, Now if Joseph was not his Father, and if there is not one word said of Mary, how was he of the Tribe of Judah?

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