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Prophecies of the Messiah – His Unique Birth

Prophecies of the Messiah – His Unique Birth

The Hebrew Scriptures
Therefore the LORD himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

The New Testament

The LORD appeared to [Joseph] in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” – which means “God with us”. When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. (Matthew 1:20-25)

Comment and Quotations

The prophecy of Isaiah, about the virgin conceiving, was spoken to the king of Judah when the walls of Jerusalem were surrounded by an army intent on replacing him with their puppet ruler, thus bringing to an end the Davidic dynasty and the promise of the Messiah, the Son of David. The prophecy addresses that threat, and assures Judah of its failure by underlining that God’s promise will be kept, because God is with them. The prophecy indicates there will be something supernatural about Messiah’s birth. The word almah, translated ‘virgin’ here, always means a young woman of marriageable age who is chaste. Conception in such a person is miraculous. God was with His people. The New Testament account of the angel speaking to Joseph, about the birth of Jesus to his betrothed wife, underlines that conception had nothing to do with Joseph but was a divine work. It also points out the reason for all this – he will save his people from their sins.