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Mining the Scriptures: Matthew 1:18-25

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The circumstances of Jesus’ birth are established forthrightly by Matthew and Luke. While modernists struggle with the concept of a child being born of a virgin, the believer accepts God’s intent, purpose and ability to bring this event about.

Matthew reveals the following in this short section of his gospel:

  1. After Joseph and Mary were betrothed (a type of engagement), Mary became pregnant.
  2. At this time Mary was a virgin, the conception was the work of the Holy Spirit.
  3. Joseph was informed of God’s plan, and scuttled his plans to put away Mary (as he obviously had thought from her pregnancy that she had been with another man).
  4. God’s plan was that the virgin would bear a son named Jesus, who would be the Savior of mankind (vs. 21).
  5. The birth of Jesus was a fulfillment of prophecy (Isaiah 7:14). That prophecy refers to the child as “Immanuel” which means “God with us.” Thus, Jesus was declared from birth to be God on earth (cf. John 1:14).
  6. In answer to the vision from God, Joseph did not have sexual relations with his wife until after she gave birth to Jesus.

This account marks the beginning of the events leading to the ultimate redemption of mankind (cf. John 17:3).