A Voice in the
" 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 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.
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
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
- Next -
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
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.