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Why was Coniah Missing in Jesus' Genealogy?
(24) "As I live," declares the LORD, "even though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were a signet ring on My right hand, yet I would pull you off; (25) and I will give you over into the hand of those who are seeking your life, yes, into the hand of those whom you dread, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of the Chaldeans. (26) "I will hurl you and your mother who bore you into another country where you were not born, and there you will die. (27) "But as for the land to which they desire to return, they will not return to it. (28) "Is this man Coniah a despised, shattered jar? Or is he an undesirable vessel? Why have he and his descendants been hurled out And cast into a land that they had not known? (29) "O land, land, land, Hear the word of the LORD!
Jeremiah 22:24-29 (NASB)
This man's place was on the finger of God. Notice the phrase "A signet ring on My right hand." This how close Coniah was, and yet he sinned against God. Notice the phrase "yet I would pull you off." He was removed from the hand of God. The first thing we want to look at is the word "signet." The original language is translated seal--eight times, and signet--seven times. He lost his place on the right hand of God. The Bible also makes it clear that this is the "seal" of God. Coniah was the property of God, and He wore it as a jewel upon His hand. I cannot express more clearly, for the words of my language do not fit here. My words fall short of speaking of this. The original word is translated into English meaning right hand--seventy-five times! The understanding of God's Word comes from pouring over it, and prayerfully researching the meaning of words found in the Bible. Pause and wait for the Holy Spirit to stir your heart. Let the Holy Spirit reveal the meaning to you. This is true studying of the Word of God.
They will never leave the land of their captivity. Their days are numbered because of their disobedience and disloyalty to God. God has cut him off. The word used here is "despised." The rejection of them by God is one of contempt. Coniah is no longer complete, but in pieces. Wholeness can be found in the Father alone. Coniah was a jar filled with the majesty and glory of the Almighty. Coniah brought about his own demise. Notice the word "jar" in verse 28. He is a shattered and undesirable jar/vessel. You cannot serve two gods for there is but God! All others are false. When looking at the original language, the word "vessel" is used twice. He came to naught. He is nothing. He is no longer desirable. God has turned His back to Coniah. God will not reside in a polluted vessel. He does not share His glory with any dead thing.
Walvoord, John and Roy Zuck, ed. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty. Colorado Springs, CO: Cook Communications, 1985. WORDsearch CROSS e-book.