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" Messiah: Virgin birth "

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    "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call his name Emmanuel, God with us." (Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:23)
The very first prophecy of this was at the beginning; where the battle lines were first drawn...
    "And I will put enmity between you (serpent/satan) and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel." (Ge3:15)
Just think of the whole concept, that a "virgin" gives birth. It is so 'preposterous' (naturally speaking) that the skeptics during Jesus' day taunt Him with, "we were not born of fornication" (as if to say: like You were) (Jn8:41) Even Joseph, the one who married His mother at first was skeptical about taking her as wife, because here she came along claiming to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Such a thing just does not happen. Thus, Mary must have been a 'whore' and unfaithful to her vows to Joseph. And so an angel comes to Joseph and verifies her account. (Mt1:18-25) The first in a whole series of what will be a miraculous life. Not only a miraculous birth, but a miracle in that this One who is born is the Son of God. Embodied in this little baby is very God Himself...

GOD WITH US.

And so, when the "virgin conceived", it explained the very first prophecy of the -woman's- "seed". (Ge3:15) This is why the conversation about the coming Savior did not happen with Adam. Adam had been the 'representative' of -sin- into the world. The only thing Adam could reproduce, at this point, in giving his seed, was more sin...and through sin, death. And so, in a strange turn of events, the woman, who was the one who "was beguiled" (1Ti2:14), becomes the conduit for Salvation. If the woman had received the seed of man, it would have continued death. But not receiving the seed of man, but instead from God, the Holy Spirit was untainted with sin.

    "O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!" (Is40:9)
Thus prophetically, when prophecy is fulfilled...BEHOLD YOUR GOD! What a unique circumstance! God prophesying His own coming!
    "Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." (Is60:1)
The situation with mankind, however, is darkness.
    "For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee, and the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising." (Is60:2-3)
The Lord, coming in the form of a Child.
    "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. (Is9:6)
And look at all the weight of responsibility that He carries! Isaiah lived during the final years before the northern tribes of Israel were taken captive to Assyria. Judah hasn't been a whole lot better. After a few more years Judah will also be carried off to Babylon. And for all intents and purposes it is going to seem as though Israel (Israel and Judah) has been wiped out from God's memory.

Is God trying to "play tricks" with Israel? ...with the world? For 4000 years there has been this lingering 'discussion' God had with Eve about Eve's "Seed". But that's been 4000 years. At 2500 years when Israel becomes a nation, there is still no "Seed". And now at 500BC there is no nation, the temple has been destroyed.

But the prophesy is...

    "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined." (Is9:2)
What are You doing, God? What people is this that is seeing a "great light"? They no longer exist as a nation. They've been disbursed. And even when they gain a little reprieve and are allowed to return to their national land, they are still under bondage to Rome. Hadn't God told them when leaving Egypt that they would "never see it again" (De28:68), but now they are under Rome.

Let's not forget that their current predicament is not God's fault. They had been obstinate (Ezk2:3-7,etc) and rebelled against God's Law. But even so, God is coming back to them offering "comfort" and "pardon"

But right now we have only God's -promise- of comfort and pardon. We have promises of a 'virgin' giving birth to some "Child" who is said to -be- God. That He is going to rule in peace and truth. Is that all just so much "hot air"? We've had this continuing "promise" for 4000 years. Where is its fulfillment?

The same thing they are scoffing today at 6000 years...

    "knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were since the beginning of creation." (2Pt3:3-4)
Would it make any difference if Messiah -did- show up and fulfill all the promises?

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Note:
The accompanying recording is an 'oratorio': Handel's "Messiah". If you don't like opera you may not care for this (the two are very similar). Played non-stop the whole thing is about 2.5 hours long. But for the next five months the 'articles' take this work, divided up into sections, presenting the Scriptures and running 'commentary' which can be read by itself without the music. The entire history of Jesus on this earth is presented: From when He was first promised to Eve in Eden, crucifixion and resurrection, clear through to His glory in Heaven where He has judged sinners and is reigning with God in Eternal Life.

The oratorio itself is word-for-word from the KJV. God's Word set to music. If you just read the words it might seem a bit sparse at times. The performance may not be as 'puristically' "Baroque" as some musicians might prefer, but I believe it captures the 'spirit' of the work about as well as I've heard. And, sorry about the recorded quality: it both comes from LPs pressed in the 60s, and the MP3 format is the lowest quality for 'space' considerations.

The on-screen text is in three parts, corresponding to how the Messiah was originally published. Hopefully it will be obvious 'why' I have divided it up into the five sections as I did.


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