The Twelve Days of Christmas ( Day 8 )

12 days of Christmas

(Day 8)  12/20/2013  Mary woke on Friday, Joseph had already slipped off to work. She went into the kitchen to get a coffee and watch “Fox and Friends” This morning would be different, on the way to her recliner she glanced at their wedding picture. Her mind was overtaken with past memories. How she had been impregnated, and Joseph being a just man, was of mind to put her away as quietly as he could, He loved Mary very much, He couldn’t believe she would do such a thing. Mary was very thankful that God had intervened. Just when she thought all was lost, Joseph called and asked her to go to lunch with Him. Mary, Mary He cried God has opened my eyes. That was almost a year ago.  “Matthew 1:23″  (To be continued)

Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

Behold the virgin; Behold, a virgin shall be with child, These words are rightly applied to the virgin Mary and her son Jesus, for Joseph and other family members can they understand, nor can man explained this phenomenon happening to this young woman Mary. Outside of God ‘s intervention, in the case if Joseph’s dream, and God’s direct revelations to Mary. As we know it’s physically impossible for a virgin to be with child, at least in Mary’s day. She was legally bound to Joseph according to Jewish customs, and was subject to the laws of adultery. Even when Joseph had been enlightened to the truth, Her condition could not be hidden. When Mary said let it be to me according to your word, she had acknowledged, the Sovereignty of God, and His will was not to be questioned in her eyes.

And bear a son; This is to fulfill prophecy from the book of Isaiah where the terminology was very inconsiderable, it being in the one “thou shalt call”, that is, thou virgin shalt call him by this name; and in the other “they shall call”, that is, Joseph, Mary, and others. (em-man-oo-ale’) Hebrew origin; God with us; Emmanuel, a name of Christ: – Emmanuel. Come from the root Hebrew word (im-maw-noo-ale’) with us (is) God; Immanuel, That God would be perfectly just in saving no one, but by His grace and according to His good will choose to save some. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love, he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.

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