The Birth of The King

Matthew 1:18-22 (NASB)

The literal translation for this passage will be placed between these symbols [ lit. translation].

Conception and Birth of Jesus

Now the birth of Jesus [The Messiah]Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been [The first stage of marriage in Jewish culture, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night, more legal than an engagement] betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. [For years we have preached that Joseph was engaged to Mary. The fact is, He was NOT engaged to Mary. If he was engaged to her, all he would need to do is end the engagement.  But note what he decided to do in verse 19.

19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned [Or to divorce her] to send her away secretly. [He was going to divorce his betrothed/or the woman that he was actually married to.] 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for [Lit that which] the Child who has been [Lit begotten] conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for [Lit He Himself] He will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this [Lit has happened] took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

24 And Joseph [Lit got up] awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25[Lit and was not knowing her] but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

 

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