The Virgin Birth

WEDNESDAY

 
Not long after Micah prophecied where the Messiah would be born, God revealed how the God-Man would enter the world – through a virgin birth.

 
NAU Isaiah 7:14
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

 
NIV Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you {14 The Hebrew is plural.} a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and {14 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and he or and they} will call him Immanuel. {14 Immanuel means God with us.}

 
KJV Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. {shall call: or, thou, O virgin, shalt call}

 
The Hebrew word for ‘virgin’ is almah and can also mean a young woman of child bearing age. Some scholars, in an attempt to disprove the virgin birth of Jesus have focused on the latter meaning of the word rather than the former. However, there are two strong indications why ‘almah’ should be interpreted as virgin rather than a young woman of child bearing age. First, of the nine uses of ‘almah’ in the Hebrew Scriptures, eight refer to virgins. Second, and most convincingly, the Greek word used to translate ‘almah’ in Mat 1:23 can mean ONLY virgin!

 
NAU Matthew 1:23
“BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.”

 
NIV Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” {23 Isaiah 7:14} –which means, “God with us.”

 
KJV Matthew 1:23 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. {they…: or, his name shall be called}

 
God indeed is with us in the Incarnation.

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