Monday, January 25, 2016

Matthew 1:19-25 Joseph Is Obedient Unto God's Law and Word.

"And Joseph her husband, being a just man and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily."

Here we find that Joseph was a man, who believed and followed the Law. He was also gentle and kind. This is a rebuttal to the atheists and other non-believers that say the Bible is brutal and unjust. According to the Law, Joseph could have had Mary stoned to death for unfaithfulness, but he didn't. The Law, like the laws in most countries, give the highest penalties for an infraction. Whoever, the judge, would have been, would have access the situation and penalized the transgressor. Joseph assessed the situation and was going to give her a minor penalty.

"But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.”"

WOW! Put yourself in Joseph's place. You have been a just man, righteous before the Law and now, you are visited by an Angel of the Lord. That had to be very overwhelming. Here, after reminding Joseph that he was part of the Messianic line, an angel of the Lord tells Joseph, three important things, his wife Mary is still a virgin, the baby is part human and part God and best of all, his name will be Y'shua, Yahweh Saves. God will save mankind, through the blood sacrifice of his son.

"Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel” (which being interpreted is, “God with us”)."

Now, the angel shows him how the scriptures, Isaiah 7:14, foretold of this situation. Therefore, Joseph gladly accepted Mary, as his wife, because he was a just and righteous man and wanted to follow the law.

"Then Joseph, being raised from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife, and knew her not until she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus."
Honestly, how could a just and righteous man not follow the Law and the Prophets, little alone an Angel of God.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Matthew 1:18 God Intervenes To Bring About The Messiah, According To The Law.

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about. His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.

I know that it probably means the same to most people, but I feel a better way, to interpret this verse and mimic the Greek more closely, would be:

Now, the birth of Y'shua, Jesus, happened in this manner. Mary, Y'shua's, Jesus', mother was promised to marry Joseph. However, before they had sex, she was found to be pregnant with a child, conceived by the Holy Spirit.

In this time period and culture, the daughter would rarely decide, on her own, to marry someone. Instead, the parents, most likely the father, would arrange a marriage between his daughter and someone of the same tribe or family, but not the immediate family.

I would like to interject that Y'shua's, Jesus', birth had to be supernatural. Why? Because there is a prophecy that said the Messiah would be born of a Virgin in Isaiah 7:14.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

However, there is another reason.

You probably have noticed or have heard that the genealogy, listed here, is different from the one in Luke. The reason is simple but a little complex, as I will explain. This one shows the Messianic line through the man, Joseph, while the one in Luke is through Mary. If you have been reading your Bible, then you realize a problem with the genealogy through Joseph. It is cursed.

If you remember the curse that God put on Jehoakim, the father of Jechonias, in Jeremiah 22:30, where God, speaking of  Jehoakim, said,"

"Thus says the Lord, ‘Write this man down childless, A man who will not prosper in his days; For no man of his descendants will prosper Sitting on the throne of David Or ruling again in Judah."

That curse disqualifies all descendents of Jehoakim, including Y'shua, Jesus, from sitting on the throne.

However, God had a way around it. First of all, here the Messiah is about to be supernaturally born, by way of a virgin woman, of the line of Judah, another vein of the Messianic line, independent of the cursed seed of the Messianic line through Jehoakim and Joseph.

To drive that point home, the Y'shua, Jesus, that will sit on the throne of David, isn't the babe that is about to be born here. This Y'shua, Jesus, will die on the cross, with the sins of the world and the curse of Jehoakim on him. The Y'shua, Jesus, that will sit upon the throne of David, will rise, from the grave, three days later, with a perfect resurrected body, free from sin and the curse of Jehoakim.

You see, God intervened supernaturally, but still adhered to his Law. Isn't he an amazing strategist?

However, I'm going to leave you hanging for a little while, until we get to Luke, where I'll bring up the provision, through which God gave the women of Israel, the right to carry on the family name and seed, independent of her husband.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Matthew 1:12-17 God Names The Messiah

After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud, Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.

Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

I would like to start off with the last verse, first. If you are into numerology, at all, the first thing that jumps out at you, is the fact that there are three sets of 14 generations in the genealogy of Y'shua, Jesus. The number 14, if studied, has a commonality with deliverance or salvation and is used twenty-two times in the Bible. 

For example, the fourteenth day of the first month, Nisan, is the Passover, when God delivered the firstborn of Israel from death. Some 430 years earlier, on the night of the 14th day of the Nisan, God made two covenant salvational or deliverance promises to Abraham, one of a physical seed, Isaac, and his descendants, and one of the spiritual seed, Y'shua, Jesus, and the sons of God who would come through Him. 

Jeconiah = whom Yahweh establishes or Yahweh will establish
Shealtiel = have asked God or requested of God
Zerubbabel = a result out of Babel, or a number of voices crying out.
Abihud = my father is impressive, dignity, or beauty. royal power
Eliakim = God will raise up
Azor = helper or right hand man
Zadok = he is just
Akim = whom the Lord has established
Elihud = God's Oath, or promise, or covenant
Eleazar = counselor of God 
Matthan = gift of God
Jacob = heel-catcher or supplanter. Supplanter means to take the rightful place of another.
Joseph = Yahweh will manifest
Jesus = Yahweh is salvation, salvation through Yahweh, Yahweh Saves.

Let's put them together, in a sentence. 

Whom Yahweh establishes, Yahweh will establish, asked or requested of God, by a number of voices crying out.

This part proclaims the sovereignty of Yahweh. He will do what has said he would do. This is also what many voices or prayers have requested.

My Father is impressive, full of dignity, beauty and power. He(God) will raise up his right hand man, for he is just, whom the Lord has established, by God's convenant. 

Here is the Word of God praising Yahweh for performing what he has established through his Word. God will raise up a man, who is just, who God has promised by his oath or covenant.

Counselor of God, Gift of God, The One Who Will Take The Place of Another. Yahweh will manifest Yeshua, Jesus, which is salvation through Yahweh. 

This one is self-explanatory. Yahweh will manifest or bring forth salvation through Yahweh, by the name of Y'shua, which means Yahweh Saves. This man will be called Counselor of God, Gift of God, The One Who Will Take The Place of Another.

In retrospect, in the first third of the genealogy, God proclaims that he has beaten Satan, by initiating a salvation path through the seed of a Woman. This seed will be a man with the power or strength of Yahweh, himself, that will take on the covering of all our sins.

The second set of 14 names shows that the reason for a renewed covenant.

Here, in the last set of names, Yahweh, names the Messiah and shows us the Messianic line, that leads straight to Y'shua, Jesus. Once again, utterly amazing.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Matthew 1:7-11 Message of Salvation

And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;
And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;
And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;
And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

The following are the meanings of each individuals name, listed in Matthew 1:7-11.

Solomon = Peaceful or Peace to you
Roboam  = enlarger or abundance of  people or a people has enlarged
Abia = my father is Yah (Yahweh)
Asa = physician, or cure, healer: injurious
Josaphat = whom Yahweh judges or Yahweh has judged
Joram = whom Yahweh has exalted or Yahweh is exalted
Ozias = strength of Yahweh or my strength is Yahweh
Joatham = Yahweh is upright or Yahweh is perfect
Achaz = possessor or he has grasped
Ezekias = the might of Yahweh or Yahweh is my strength
Manasses = forgetting or causing to forget
Amon =  builder or skilled workman or master workman
Josias = whom Yahweh heals
Jechonias = whom Yahweh establishes or Yahweh will establish

Putting them together, they read.

Peace to the people, who has been made abundant. My father, who is Yahweh, the healer, the judge, the one to be exalted. He is strong, perfect and upright. You, who have possessed the might of Yahweh, have forgotten the master builder. Yahweh will heal what Yahweh has established. 

Amazingly, out of the genealogy, of the Messiah, is a reiteration of God's original promise to the people of Israel. Even though Israel has forgotten who God really is, he won't forget them and promises that he, alone, has the power to heal, what he has established. At the time of these names, God punished Israel and allowed Babylon to enslave the Israelites, for 70 years. Afterwards, he built them back up, as a great nation.

The same thing is happening, again, at the time of the Messiah's appearance, on the earth. The Jews, have forgotten God's mercy and attempted to show that they are God's people, by being stringently self righteous. Once again, the father will show that it's not all about Israel, but God, alone. By his mercy, he will build a renewed relationship with his people, first the Jews, then the gentiles.

An interesting fact to point out. It isn't the father saying this. It is the son, the Word of God, who will be become a man, to save God's people again.