Messiah will be Virgin Born

WEDNESDAY

From the Jewish perspective, no, from the human perspective the promise of Messiah appears bizarre! A Divine-Human who is born from the seed of a woman? Through the lineage of Abraham and Judah? Who will rule not only over Israel but the world? And who will be a prophet like Moses? Can it get any more controversial? YES! He will be Virgin born!

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}

There is much discussion over the Hebrew word for virgin (almah). It can mean both virgin or a young unmarried woman. The word is used seven times in the Hebrew Scriptures – all have the meaning of virgin in the context. The meaning of young unmarried woman can be found in Hebrew literature outside of the Scriptures, but in the Scriptures has the meaning of virgin.

Supporting this restrictive translation is the Septuagint (LXX) or the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures done by Jewish scholars. The word almah is translated parthenos which has the restrictive meaning of virgin. This is the word used in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth.

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.”

According to Isaiah’s message from God, Messiah would have a miraculous entrance into the world – He would be virgin born.

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