Woman has no seed, coming from the male, but this seed was given to Mary by God. Therefore, we refer to this seed as her seed, for it was a gift to her from God. Since Jesus had no earthly father,
His royal regal line is traced through His mother, Mary.
"generation"=offspring, as part of a family tree. Jesus was the offspring of
David, the son of Abraham, the royal line of Mary.
Matthew cannot be giving the genealogy of Joseph, the husband of
Mary, when this Gospel states so clearly that Jesus was conceived by the Holy
Gr. andra=father. andra is from Gr. aner, a male person of full age and stature
as opposed to a child or female. Compare other usages: Luk 24:19;
Act 1:16, 3:14, 7:15,26; 1Cor 13:11, 16:13; 1Pet 3:1; Act 17:5. Context
must determine true meaning. Above verses show usage as: man, husband,
fellow, sir, a man as a prophet, a man as a murderer. From the genealogy, the
translation should be "father"; the word has a broad enough meaning that there
is no reason it should not.
"husband" Aram. gabra="mighty man" the father of Mary. This completes the full fourteen generations from Salathiel to Jesus. Compare verse 19.
"husband" Aram. bala. Compare verse 16. East. The father who is the head
of the household is the "mighty man." The son, even though a husband, is
always under subjection to the father, who presides over the whole household,
until he, the father, dies. The son would never be referred to as the head of
the household, the "mighty man," while his father is alive.
"just"=desiring to obey the law. "privily"=secretly.
"to take unto thee"=sexual relations, to take your wife; not, "Take unto
thee, Mary, to be thy wife."
Joseph was not to fear to have intercourse, nor to fear if no tokens of
virginity present. Deu 22:15; 24:1.
Jesus=Savior. Aram. yeshu’a Same word as Joshua in Aramaic OT.
Emmanuel=God [is] with us. God is with us through Jesus.
“knew” Gr. ginosko
"knew her not"=sexual intercourse that did not result in pregnancy. No other
children by Mary until after Jesus' birth. Compare usage of "knew":
24:16 - note separation of "virgin" and "know"
38:18 "came in unto her" <==> 38:26 "knew her again no more"
The Lord Jesus was Mary's firstborn, not her only born or only begotten.
Jesus was the "firstborn" of Mary but the "only begotten of the Father."
"firstborn" Gr. prototokos
Heb 1:6 11:28 12:23
Had Jesus Christ been Mary's only son, the Greek word would be monogenes
which is used in
Luk 7:12 8:42 9:38
Jhn 1:14,18 3:16,18
Matthew 2:11 "they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."
"Arabia's Frankincense Trail" National Geographic, Vol.168, No.4 Oct 1985
East. “opened their treasures” Recipient never opened gift. [Pillai #707]
Matthew 3:1 John the Baptist - There had been no man of God in Israel for 400
years until John the Baptist.
Matthew 3:2 "kingdom of heaven" First of 32 occurrences, only in Matthew. In the Greek, the word is always “heavens” - plural.
Matthew 3:4 East. John the Baptist "sackcloth" shows sacrifice to God and
humility. "locusts"=locust pod.
Matthew 3:10 "also" Omit by most Greek texts.
Matthew 3:11 "shoes I am not worthy to bear" East. “shoes” The lowest form of service.
"the Holy Ghost and with fire" Fire is for cleansing. This is foretelling of Christ and the spirit at Pentecost.
Matthew 4:3 One of the primary motives is self-preservation; temptations usually begin here-to have it "better, easier" Don't need it easy; just need the knowledge and discipline to carry it out.
Matthew 4:8 "kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them" The greatest temptation he could lay before him.
Matthew 4:9 Worship: this is what it is all after - yet there is no man in the world worth worshipping; only God "in spirit and in truth". If you do not believe there is anything after this life, if there is no justice - then you will even sacrifice your own son on the altar of power; it's all after worship.