Christmas from Matthew, Pt. 2

And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. 

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 1:16,18

I love the wording of the Bible.  If there is any doubt that the Bible is an inspired book, look at these examples and the perfect wording that they contain.

Mary was the baby Jesus’ mother.  But Joseph was not the father.  She was a virgin.  And the Bible is very clear about that (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:27).  Notice the wording in verse 16: “And Jacob begat Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus…”  He is referred to as “the husband of Mary,” not “the father of Jesus.”  There are two other verses that do the same thing: “And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.” (Luke 2:33)  “…Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.”  It is “Joseph and his mother,” not “his mother and father.”

The only time Joseph is referred to as the father of Jesus is when the Pharisees tried to trap Him in His words.  “And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?”  The Pharisees said that Jesus was the son of Joseph.  Jesus never said that.  God never said that.  The Bible never says that.  The Christmas story here in Matthew begins with a clear explanation of who is who and who is not who.  Jesus=Emmanuel, the Saviour of the World.  Mary=Mother of Jesus.  Joseph=Husband of Mary (not the father of Jesus).

The Bible truly is an amazing book.  There is so much to learn about it.  We can even learn things from the way verses are worded.  We could study it every day for the rest of our lives and never come close to understanding everything contained in it.

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