What I am about to share with you will rock your world. As we approach Christmas Day, every church, in some form or fashion, will recount the nativity story. We will hear of Gabriel’s announcement to Mary, of John leaping in Elizabeth’s womb, of Joseph’s plans to divorce, of the shepherds in the field, of no room at the inn, of the angels singing, et al. But do we really understand?
As I said, what I’m about to share with you will rock your world but should not rock your faith. In fact, quite the opposite. It should solidify your faith in the God of Miracles, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and in King Yeshua, son of David, son of Abraham, son of Adam, son of God.
First, we must start with the premise that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the God of order and not chaos or confusion. And above all, He is not like the Greek gods Cronus or Zeus.
On that note, I think we can all agree that Yeshua/Jesus is not a demigod like Hercules or Perseus, the sons of Zeus who are half-human.
No, we believe Yeshua is fully God and fully man. So how can that be if a virgin who knew no man, is pregnant? Remember, God is Spirit. He is unlike anything we can comprehend! He has no beginning and no end. He is holy and set apart. People, He hasno seed!
So again, we ask, how did Mary end up pregnant?
Let me suggest something very simple but miraculous: God took Joseph’s seed and formed a fully human male child in the virgin Mary and filled him with His Spirit of Holiness.
Why do I say this? Because the gospels of Matthew and Luke go out of their way to give us Joseph’s lineage. Why would God waste words on Joseph’s lineage if he was not Yeshua’s physical father?
Some suggest Luke gives Mary’s lineage while Matthew gives Joseph’s. Again, why would God waste words in Matthew? And when you read the gospel account, that is not what the written words say. This is a good thing because being from the line of David through his mother would disqualify him for the throne of David as only the patrilineal descent counts for tribal affiliation, priestly status, or royalty. Remember, God is the God of order and He does not change.
A little side note on that lineage: When reading Matthew, we see that Yeshua’s line traced through Solomon, but Luke traces it through Nathan. There is a theory about why, which I’ll share in another article.
Some suggest that Joseph adopted Yeshua, but that would also disqualify him from the throne of David as an adopted son is not qualified to be king or priest.
Paul points out in Romans 1:3-4
Concerning His Son,
He came into being
from the seed of David
according to the flesh.
He was appointed
according to the Ruach of holiness,
by the resurrection from the dead.
He is Messiah Yeshua our Lord.
Did you catch that? Yeshua came into being from the seed of David according to the flesh. He is the image of the invisible God in holiness,made visible through the seed of man! How awesome is our God?!
Science tells us we are made from elements found in nature. Of course we are! Just as God formed Adam from elements He created here on Earth, so too, He formed Yeshua from elements found here. He is, as Paul points out, ‘the second Adam’.
This information should not shake your faith but affirm it, as it is not based on Greek mythology, but the mighty saving power of the One True God! And it should affirm your faith, even more, when speaking to non-believers who accuse Yeshua of being a myth or a demigod like Zeus’ son Hercules.
With this information you can stand firm against these accusations, declaring, “No, Yeshua is fully human–conceived with the seed of his father David taken from Joseph the carpenter, formed within his mother’s womb by the power of God -not the power of man- and declared the Son of God by the holiness within him, completely obedient to the Torah of God because he is the Torah made flesh by the miraculous work of God–not Zeus–but the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
In Greek and Roman mythology, the “gods” were able (and often all too willing) to have “relations” with mortal women, thus the offspring of such unions would be a mixture of “god” and human lineage.
I had sometimes wondered in the past where the “male” DNA came from to form Yeshua in Miriam’s womb. Then someone suggested to me that Hashem used Yosef’s reproductive cells to impregnate Miriam using supernatural means. Thus Yosef was the biological child of both human parents. How all this translates into Yeshua also being the Son of God and the Messiah would make for an interesting study.
After spending several years learning about Torah, I am eager and hungry to delve back into the life of Yeshua with a new perspective.
One thing that jumped off the page and landed on my face (as God’s word often does) was Luke referring to Adam as the son of God. In all the years I’ve read the gospels, I never noticed those three small words.
In recent studies, I am touching on how Yeshua is the Son of God. I am finding some interesting things and can understand how the Gnostics took the knowledge and came to the wrong conclusions.
It’s so strange how my mind flits on the truth, then it seems to flee. I cannot fully grasp what is being revealed. Perhaps pray and fasting. But being in retail, this is not a time I can take a day off to seek the Lord.
I am looking forward to the end of this season and more time to spend with God.
Jesus is most definitely a demigod…I used to be a christian, then I was agnostic ,
because I tried to find sources outside the the bible. There was no evidence to support God or Jesus….nothing, zilch, zero evidence left behind. We just have to have “faith”. By looking into stories that made me believe, made me an atheist.
(Christmas, the birth of jesus, Adam & Eve, Noahs Ark, Jonah & the Whale,etc.)
I can explain why I don’t believe in god, but it would take pages…instead of believing in a myth, enjoy what you have now. Be a good person, enjoy what you have now, and don’t count on a mythical afterlife. I might be wrong,(but I don’t think so), but I would rather enjoy my life on Earth than depend on an afterlife that I don’t think exists. If there really is a god, he should respect my doubts that he exists, since he is good and merciful.
I’m sorry to hear of your struggle. I don’t believe God asks us to ‘just have faith’. I, too, struggle with His existence, especially as I see family members experiencing terrible physical ailments. Yet, each time I doubt, something happens in my life to assure me that He is there and that He cares.
God does respect your doubts. He also gives us this life to fully enjoy. The challenge is that we Christians separated ourselves from the Jewish faith. In doing so, many of the stories we read do not make sense – such as the virgin birth without a father’s DNA.
Here’s one I recently learned:
All these years we’ve heard that God’s first commandment to Adam was, “Don’t eat from the tree”, right?
Wrong, before He told Adam not to eat from the tree, He told him to eat freely of everything in the garden. So the first commandment was to enjoy the provision God gave Adam.
These types of misunderstandings have left many of us with a skewed view of God and His love for us.
I hope you revisit these stories from a Jewish perspective. My site isn’t the most in-depth, but check around and see if you gain a different perspective, at least about some of the misunderstandings Christians have had of the Bible.
Thank you Mary. Although I do believe in a creator but not a god (God). I too use to be of religious faith.But through my studies, I have come to the same conclusion as yourself. It is as were all being lead about with a carrot in front us to control us and keep us moving and paying our dues and such.
“If God is not the author of confusion,” It is amazing, how so many people around the world; over the few 100 centuries, this includes Christians. How they are still arguing over Jesus being a demigod or not! One would think, an author of creation would have cleared up this confusion by now. Note: I’m not looking an an explanation, I’m just saying…