I made this today except I substituted eggs for some ground flax and water – turned out a little too moist, but was liked anyway/ now 2/3 of it is gone 🙂
I started reading the Book of Matthew today – it’s such a Jewish book!
Matthew’s genealogy is traced through the right to be king. A theme in Matthew is the kingship of Jesus. This starts in ch1, where Jesus is called the “son of David” (Mat 1:1) – Joseph is called the “son of David” only a few verses later (Mat 1:20). Matthew’s emphasis here is that Jesus, the legal (not biological) son of Joseph, was counted as a son of David because Joseph was a son of David. This phrase harks all the way back to 2Sam 7:12-14, which say that David’s “seed” will be set up as a king and established forever, and be God’s son. Though this prophecy may be partially fulfilled by a few Old Testament kings, it is completely fulfilled in the Messiah. This prophecy can be traced through the Old Testament in places like Is 11:1 (talking about the “stem of Jesse” [Jesse was David’s father] producing the Messiah who would reign), cf. Is 16:5, Jer 33:15-17. This phrase “the son of David” is therefore used as a synonym with “Messiah”, emphasizing Jesus’ right to rule – the phrase is used more times in Matthew than in the rest of the New Testament combined (Mat 1:1, 20, 12:23, 15:22, 20:30, 31, 21:9, 15, 42). Note also Matthew’s emphasis on David’s kingship in his genealogy in 1:6 – an emphasis found in none of the other kings in Matthew’s genealogy.
This theme of Jesus’ kingship, which starts with the term “son of David”, can be traced through Matthew as the wise men worship him as king of the Jews, as Jerusalem is told, “behold, thy King is coming, lowly and sitting upon a donkey”, as Jesus at his trial admits to being the king of the Jews (Mat 27:29), and even as this same epithet is written over the cross as he dies. The kingship theme in Matthew is undeniable.
Because of this emphasis on “the son of David” and kingship in Matthew, the trace of any genealogy but through the line of kings would be surprising. Moreover, one of the people in the genealogy, Jehoiachin (Matthew calls him “Jeconiah”; he is also called “Coniah”), had no children: Jer 22:30, “write this man down as childless”. Thus the genealogy cannot have been biological. But as the right to be king passed from this childless man to the next man in line, a a genealogy tracing kingship rather than genes has no problems with a man having no children – the genealogy simply skips to the next man in line for kingship.