Thoughts From Matthew 1

When you read Matthew 1 is it easy to forget the volumes of history associated with the names mentioned. So often it is that some people look at such a genealogy as merely “trudging through” a weed patch. When you look at a headstone in the cemetery do you reflect on, even for a moment, what history this person’s name reflects? The Wall (in Washington D.C.) represents the lives of thousands of men and women who died serving our country in a war that most would like to forget. Here in this chapter are names that most people simply don’t know much (if anything) about; let us reflect, however, that there is much to learn.

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It might not seem to be a “big” thing for some to deny the virgin-birth of our Lord, but since the Holy Spirit said that He was born of a virgin, it is a very “big” thing. The word virgin comes from a Greek word (parthenos) that means virgin (one who has had no sexual relations with another). Young says the English word is used 13x in the New Testament, while Mounce says the Greek word is used 15x in the New Testament. Regarding the Greek word Mounce said, “In Greek literature outside the NT, parthenos generally refers to a young woman of marriageable age with or without focus on virginity. But in the NT, parthenos stresses the one who has never engaged in sexual intercourse” (p. 768).

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It is a shame of great magnitude that Catholic doctrine has it that Mary stayed a virgin for the remainder of her days on this earth. “Christ had no human father. The Blessed Virgin remained a virgin all her life” (“My Catholic Faith,” p. 61, italics in original). Their doctrine deprives Joseph of the marital relations that married couples are to share as they grow old. In sum, we can say the following: 1) it is not a teaching of Scripture, 2) it minimizes the marital relationship that God set in order in the Garden of Eden, 3) and it denies the clear teachings on the New Testament that Mary and Joseph had other children (Matthew 12:46-47).

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