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Re: The King In The Manger
« on: December 16, 2019, 10:32:38 am »
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Mary's baby was on track as a miracle.

Luke 1:34-35 . . How will this be-- Mary asked the angel --since I am a virgin? The angel answered: The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.

The angel also said:

Luke 1:31-32 . .You are to give him the name Jesus.

Mary's fiancÚ was instructed to give her baby the very same name.

Matt 1:20-21 . . An angel of 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.

(Joseph had been contemplating breaking the engagement because Mary was preggers with a baby that wasn't his.)

Joseph complied with the angel's instructions.

Matt 1:24-25 . . 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.

So Christ went in the books as Joseph's son because that's how it worked in those days when a man stood with a woman to name her child. (cf. Luke 1:59, Luke 2:21)

From that day on; Joseph was identified by all, including Mary, as Jesus' father. (Matt 13:55, Luke 2:27, Luke 2:41, Luke 2:48). In other words: Joseph adopted Mary's baby as his own; which had some legal ramifications.

Adopted children have just as much legal right to an inheritance as a father's biological children; especially a right to the father's name; and that's how baby Jesus got into Joseph's genealogy at Matt 1:1-17. Had the little guy been Joseph's foster child, or his stepchild; then it would've been fraud for Matthew to place the boy in Joseph's genealogy.

Joseph's action wasn't without precedent. At Gen 48:5-7, Jacob adopted his own two grandsons Manasseh and Ephraim; and by doing so installed them in positions equal in rank, honor, power, and privilege to his twelve original sons.

Jacob's motive for adopting Manasseh and Ephraim wasn't for himself; it was in sympathy for his beloved wife Rachel whose life was cut short during her child-bearing years, which subsequently prevented her from having any more children of her own. Ephraim and Manasseh bring Rachel's total progeny up to six: two of her own, two by the maid Bilhah, and two by Asenath; the wife of Jacob's son Joseph.

According to Matt 1:20, Joseph was David's progeny; thus Jesus became David's progeny via his adoption by Joseph. Seeing as how Joseph was also Solomon's progeny (Matt 1:6) then Jesus became Solomon's progeny too via his adoption by Joseph. This is very important because it is via David's son Solomon that entitlement to the throne is inherited. (1Kgs 1:16-39)
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