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Shvoong Home>Arts & Humanities>3rd article continuing the Bible Study of Matthew Summary

3rd article continuing the Bible Study of Matthew

Article Summary   by:BethanySarah     Original Author: Bethany S. Heard
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DAY FOUR:

Mary and Joseph were engaged to be married, betrothed to one another… Mary came to be pregnant because it was the wish of the Holy Ghost, our Lord, and He conceived the child within Mary. It was an Immaculate conception, on her part… Joseph was a private, and proud man… And, thankfully for Mary, he also had a conscience, for he mused on what to do, and was not rash… The time he gave over to thought allowed an Angel of the Lord to speak to him… Joseph was an open-minded man. Joseph had decided to ‘put her away privily’… To abandon her quietly, or, perhaps even, we cannot say for sure to ‘dispose’ of her… But his Salvation, and hers, came in the message from the Angel of the Lord, who told Joseph the truth of Mary’s pregnancy, and urged him find the courage to be a husband to Mary… Jesus was to be the child’s name, the Lord decreed it, for the choice indicated to those who want to listen that He is their Salvation. Joseph wished to divorce Mary for the same reasons I have hinted at above. He was a proud man, not fond of the eye… That indicates a virgin-birth because he could not bring himself to do more than that to Mary. The fate of a woman whose husband truly believed a pregnancy to be the result of infidelity, that would have been death… Other indications within this passage of the Bible, pointers to this conclusion, are not only that an Angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph, and that the pregnancy occurred before Joseph’s marriage to Mary, in an era where consummation of even a planned marriage before the ceremony, was heavily morally and very publicly objected to… Another pointer is that, perhaps, Joseph’s wish to take Mary out of sight ‘privily’ was his wish to protect her not only from suspicious eyes, but also from the revelation that he knew she and the child were likely to face…





DAY FIVE:

This, (the message from the Angel of the Lord, and the bidding of God) was done, so that Mary be given the chance to bring forth into the world our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord’s message said that a virgin, the virgin Mary, would give birth to a child, a boy, her firstborn, who would be our Emmanuel (God here with us on Earth…)… Joseph awoke and kept his promise of betrothal to Mary, and his promise to protect her in the name of the Lord God’s plan, but he did not know her as a wife (play his part in consummating their marriage) until after Jesus’ birth. According to Matthew, the significance of all this is that Joseph becomes a willing part of the Lord’s plan, that he trusts the Lord, and realises his place in the scheme of things… Joseph’s dream is of confidence and reassurance to him, a rebirth of purpose, and the promise to which he pledges his belief and trust, allowing his hand to be guided... This allows the birth of our Saviour, whose names ‘Emmanuel’ and ‘Jesus’ tell us that (as is the title we have given him…) we will and can be Saved by Him, and that He is God and the Word incarnate/represented…

DAY SIX :

The ‘Magi’ (by this, I am assuming, is meant the Three Wise Men..?) arrived when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. They came from the East to Jerusalem, by the star of the East that was the symbol/signal of his birth (and blazing in the skies above their homeland…) … And, when they got to Jerusalem, and found themselves in the territory of the king, Herod, they asked him, where is He that was born King of the Jews? Herod was troubled by their revelation immediately they spake it, and his unrest spread among his people… The place of Christ’s birth in the territory of Herod is noted as Bethlehem of Judea, and it is said that Herod was still on the throne at the time of the birth of the true King of the Jews… Herod, not understanding, nor caring much, what this birth actually heralded, sent out the forces under his command during this, his reign… (which he considered to be questioned and threatened also…). We learn that Jesus, son of God, God made man, was born in Bethlehem, Judea, in a quiet place, in a land that would be shaken with his arrival… We learn that those with open minds and hearts wanted and were not threatened, to learn of his birth… But that those who insisted upon keeping their viewpoints earthly, selfish, and shallow, could not hope to see the fuller picture of what, in actuality, was underway with this new beginning...
Published: August 30, 2006   
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