Hebrew Gospel Pearls #2 – Matthew 1:18-25

In Hebrew Gospel Pearls #2 (Matthew 1:18-25), Nehemia and Keith explain the Hebrew concept of betrothal, consider whether God can violate his own commandments, and tackle the controversy of the virgin birth in Isaiah 7:14 and the New Testament.

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27 thoughts on “Hebrew Gospel Pearls #2 – Matthew 1:18-25

  1. It is clear that the Messiah is called The Branch by the Prophets Jeremiah, Zechariah and Isaiah all refer to the Messiah as the Netzer. Olive trees reproduce sexually and asexually. The Netzer is a result of asexual reproduction. Does this not prove that the Messiah would come forth as a result of asexual reproduction? It is this not what the verses are saying? A virgin birth? Yes

  2. Does not your questioning the virgin birth obscure the primary purpose of Matthew 1:18-23 and Luke 1:26-38, which is to highlight the miraculous, supernatural aspect of His birth (cf. especially Luke 1:37)?

  3. Yahshua is called the 2nd Adam bacause he is the 2nd man Yah created from scratch. All other men were the creation of one man and one woman. Our Creator has been compared to a potter. A potter forms the clay and makes the vessel according to his liking, and can smash the vessel id he is not happy with it, or He can fill the vessel and use it for His divine purpose. We read “in English, that Yah “formed” Yahshua in Mariam’s womb. Many ppl may be offended that I claim Yahshua was created, but he was, and if you think Yahshua is the Creator of the universe, you are greatly deceived by your own longing to be as Satan said, “like Elohim.” As a dedicated follower, I make this claim in all sincerity. Yahshua is my brother and my Mediator, between myself and our Father. He was born FLESH. YAH can’t die! Yahshua died, and YAH raised him from the dead and created him to lead us to Himself. YAH is ECHAD! Yahshua worshipped YAH, and so do I.

    • Yeshua was created by the Father I agree. I came to do the will of the Father. A body he has prepared for me. (Heb 1:10:5-7)
      However, Yeshua’s spirit was of the Father. (Deut 18:18). There is only one spirit. The Holy Trinity is wrong. Yeshua never had his own spirit, there is no 3rd spirit. That is paganism. He had his Father’s spirit. Yeshua will rule in place of the Father until he puts all things under his feet. Then his son shall be subdued to the Father. (1Cor 15:24-26).

      I know many people have been taught all wrong. Scripture is clear that the Father and son are separate spirits. Yeshua was the only one with sinless blood that could pay the broken blood covenant at Sinai. Thereafter sinless animal blood was used until the sinless one comes that can pay it. A blood/flesh human had to pay penalty as that’s who broke penalty. This was the sacrificial placeholder system and when Yeshua paid that price there was no longer any need for a temple, sacrifices, priesthood. He reigned saying I have gained the keys of death and hell. (Rev 1-18) He bestowed the Father’s Holy Spirit onto his own brethren. (Acts 1:4-5)

      I agree that Yeshua is our brother: (Matt 12:46-50) and (Matt 28:10). This proves Yeshua said he and the disciples are now part of the same heavenly family and are brothers. Yeshua is the mediator (the high priest transfigured) (Matt 17:2) to the Father between those that follow Christ and his commandments.

      I also don’t believe God is a man. (Isa 55:8-9).
      I believe what Christ said that God is spirit. (Gen 1), (John 4:23-24) It’s difficult for people who have been taught all wrong by religiousness to believe this. (John 4:23-24) After all, the major point of Christ’s ministry was to beware of the false doctrine of the religious people.

  4. Shalom Y’all,

    Enjoying the study together.

    I am believing it possible that Miriam is “Filled” with the Ruach ha Codesh.
    That Miriam is a (type) of surrogate mother with her being “Filled” with the Holy Spirit and the Ruach Codesh is the “Mother” of Yeshua!

    Mat 1: 18 KJV she was found with child “of the Holy Spirit”.
    Luk 1: 28 YHVH Is with you.
    Luk 1: 35 The Ruach Kodesh upon the.

    Gen 1: 26&27 Let us make man in “Our” image, after “Our” likeness. … In the image of Elhm created He him; male and female created He them.

    Luke 1: 41-43 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

    Mat 3: 16&17 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

    Mat 28: 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

    We know the Father is a “male” image, we know the Son is a “male” image. What is missing is the “Motherly” image, this may be given to the Ruach Kodesh.

    Is 66:13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you;
    and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

    This is a Great series we are on Mishcopah,
    Shalom Shalom

    Your Brother Bruce here
    What do yous think?

    • Brother Bruce, I like your quotes. Below are my thoughts: a “Motherly” image would be consoling, but is Mother Miryam (Mary) not a “Motherly” image? She was a young woman (probably under 16) when the Angel Gabriel announced that she found favor with YHVH and she will be “with child” and bear the Son of the Most High. “The LORD will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, his kingdom will never end.” Miryam answered: “How will this be… for I have not known a man?” The Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) will come upon you, and the power of the MOST HIGH (YHVH) will overshadow you… The HOLY ONE will be called SON of GOD… 1:37: For nothing is impossible with GOD/G-D/YHVH. Her response sealed the deal – v. 38: “I am the LORD’S servant”, Miryam answered.” May it be to me as you have said.” YHVH will never overrule a person’s will, but will give the Ruach HaKodesh to all who earnestly seek HIM and connect through HIS WORD, in Spirit and in Truth, for HE is the Way, the Truth and the Light/Life… (John 14:6) Shalom to JerUSAlem & the World with HIS WRITTEN WORD… From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, nothing concealed but all revealed for mankind to see so very very soon… Amen & Amen & Amen PS: I did have a talk with the LORD because I was deceived by yet another man who came as an “Angel of light” but was not from G-D. Walking with HIM and HIS WORD for 24 lonely, difficult years, I had a hard time to accept that “I was deceived” even so I knew in my heart that something was “not right”. Finally the LORD had enough of my tears streaming down my face because I was deceived and HE said : “You are in GOOD COMPANY!” Then HE revealed that Father Abraham, Father Isaac, Father Jacob, King David, King Solomon etc. right to Peter, Paul, Matthew, Mark, John… etc… Everyone of the “GREAT ONES” in HIS WORD have been “deceived” at one point or other in their lives even those who WALKED WITH YESHUAH. Then HE said : “There is only ONE who NEVER WAS DECEIVED: Mother Mary. HE was crystal clear! Then HE said : “Give up your pity party and move forward. We have work to do!” With that I gave up the pity party and continue to walk with HIM and talk with HIM, HIS path will inspire…www.watchandpray.love lists some of my poems… GOD IS LOVE is the very first one HE gave me on 9.21.1996 ~ Shalom to you Brother Bruce.

    • It seems, Elizabeth‘s infilling was an exception (or temporary) because the Spirit was only given after Yeshua’s resurrection (Jn 7:39).

      There is no need for a female role since God’s wife is Israel (and the “Holy Spirit” is just a metonym for Yehovah, not some 3rd person floating around :-).

      Matt 28:19 was inserted by Rome to push the trinity.

      • Absolutely! Matt 28:19 was inserted by Rome. No where else was that phrase used throughout Scripture and it has the fingerprints of Rome on it.

  5. Years ago I was reading through some Jewish writings, probably the Talmud, and it named Marys father, but I dont think it called him Joseph, is anyone familiar with that?

  6. While it was necessary that we understand the ramifications of the law as it could have been applied to Mary relating to her ‘apparent’ adultery and to the mitigating circumstances I would have appreciated a discussion regarding any obligation that Joseph may have had to report the offence (as the person against whom the offence was committed) and/or the obligation of the priests to chase down possible offenders. (comparing legalism with mercy)
    My expectation is that if Joseph is not prepared to make a charge that the ‘trial’ would not have occurred, because God has as evidenced throughout history forgiven (in the legal sense) the debts of those who have sinned against Him so there was an example to follow.

    • The way I understand it. Mary’s plight had to be adjudicated through the Rabbis. The covenant Mary and Joseph entered is legally binding. It would have to be determined if Mary was raped or went along with the encounter. Joseph didn’t understand how she could have done this and wanted to be private about it. But Gabriel stopped him. Years later, the Pharisees looked up Yeshua’s past and to this day believe that his mother was a harlot. They discovered also that he never had any schooling. (John 7:15) Yeshua didn’t fit the their picture of who and where the Messiah should come from. They were into the oral law and their traditions.

  7. Shalom Shabbat – Bilam tells Balaq that YHWH/YHVH is NOT a man, but Spirit … Ruach HaQodesh is the Spirit Essence of YHWH / YHVH … JN 1:1-14 Speaks of the “Word” was with HaShem before Creation, and that the Word Becomes Flesh, JN14:6 Yashaua says He is the Truth the Way & The Hai / Life. One needs to know the Truth to walk the Way to Rcv Hai. We Know that the TANAKH says that the Torah is the Truth, The Way & The Hai / Blessings and Not accepting Truth then not on the Way / Narrow Path, and Cursing & Death. Psa 119:142 & 160 say the Word and the Torah (Law in English Bibles) both are Truth, only one Truth so Word & Torah are interchangeable We know that the “Word / Torah” is Near. Prophecy that HaShem will walk among us. The Word, Torah, Yashua are One, and were before creation. HaShem made “Skin” for Adam & Eve (nothing about killing/sacrificing an Animal) then HaShem can easily make “Flesh / Skin” within the “Non Sperm” Conception within Miriam the Ghost Writers of YHWH/YHVH (They were told by Ruach HaQodesh what happened since they were not there, many call the Ruach the Holy Ghost, so they are Ghost Writers) As Humans they had no better word than Pregnant. There is NO Transgression of the Torah by the Ruach HaQodesh (Honey I shrunk the Kids but much easier for the Ruach) placing the Flesh, and Yashua in her. .

  8. Nehemia, IF I understood you correctly, according to the Torah, should not both David and Bathshena been subject to stoning to death? Not saying I would have wanted that to happen, nor is it my right to judge as we have all sinned, but would not stoning have been the legitimate, even expected, response by the people’s Israel? Or as king, did he have special rights making him above the law? (As many leaders today seem to feel they should have)

    Also, I was a little disappointed that you did not continue this podcast through ALL the verses “advertised” 1:18-25 , stopping around 19 or 20 You guys kept getting sidetracked. Planning to go to Nehemia’sWall.com and am truly HOPING you guys picked up on this conversation, so I can continue the rest of the verses … today if possible.

    • According to Leviticus 20:10, the punishment of adueltery indeed is death. However, according to Ezekiel 18, if a man repents and turns from his sins, then his sin will be forgiven and will no longer be mentioned by Yehovah. David did repent (see Psalm 51), and so he was given forgiveness.

      • 2 Samuel 12:13 KJV

        [13] And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

    • Deuteronomy 19:15 KJV

      [15] One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

  9. “The Protoevangelium of James” offers a plausible scenario where Joseph has to take Mary to the Temple High Priest and they both have to drink the “Water of the Ordeal of the LORD”.

    Numbers 5:11-31 KJV

    [11] And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
    [12] Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man’s wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him,
    [13] And a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner ;
    [14] And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:
    [15] Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he shall bring her offering for her, the tenth part of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; for it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to remembrance.
    [16] And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before the LORD :
    [17] And the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel; and of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle the priest shall take, and put it into the water:
    [18] And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth the curse:
    [19] And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto the woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness with another instead of thy husband, be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the curse:
    [20] But if thou hast gone aside to another instead of thy husband, and if thou be defiled, and some man have lain with thee beside thine husband:
    [21] Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell;
    [22] And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen.
    [23] And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:
    [24] And he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter water that causeth the curse: and the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter.
    [25] Then the priest shall take the jealousy offering out of the woman’s hand, and shall wave the offering before the LORD, and offer it upon the altar:
    [26] And the priest shall take an handful of the offering, even the memorial thereof, and burn it upon the altar, and afterward shall cause the woman to drink the water.
    [27] And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people.
    [28] And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.
    [29] This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside to another instead of her husband, and is defiled;
    [30] Or when the spirit of jealousy cometh upon him, and he be jealous over his wife, and shall set the woman before the LORD, and the priest shall execute upon her all this law.
    [31] Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity.

    • 1) The Man does not drink it, it is only the woman for the Man “Suspects” her of Adultery. If nothing happens to her, then the Man is happy.
      2) States Yoseph was not going to do anything about it but a silent divorce writ.
      3) YHWH has a kind of Abba to Yoseph Talk.

      • John 21:25 KJV
        [25] And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

  10. Great program Nehemia (you too Keith 🙂 ). I took up the challenge to look at Matthew and Luke and compared the differences and this is what I found.
    If you were to read Matthew alone you might come to the conclusion that Mary has little knowledge of her pregnancy and that the cause was only revealed to Joseph. There’s no indication that Mary understood what was happening. Luke on the other hand (if read alone) gives us the exact opposite conclusion. In Luke it appears as if the revelation was only given to Mary and Joseph is told by Mary later and that there is no problem between the two as we have in Matthew.
    However, if the two Gospels are read together we see that Matthew is telling the story from Joseph’s circumstances and that Luke is tells the story from Mary’s circumstances. With the two Gospels put together we learn that 1. The revelation of Mary’s pregnancy was revealed to her first, 2. Joseph found out either before or after Mary’s visit with Elizabeth by either Mary telling Joseph or Joseph discovered her pregnant, 3. Joseph plans on not living with her and conceal her pregnancy (Greek Matthew simply says he planned on divorcing her), 4. Joseph gets the revelation, and 5. they come back together.
    Again this was a great show! May Yehovah bless you.

  11. Like the good book says, “The secret things belong to Yahweh our elohim; but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” We can savor the controversy, as a “still secret” thing that belongs to Yah. If we reach a logical consensus, we can savor it as a gift from Yah. Either way, enjoying the discussion. Hope it continues.

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