Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 11: A Virgin Shall Be With Child
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 11th, 2013

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 

Matthew 1:20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 
Again we are looking at the words of Isaiah. He clearly predicts the nature of the Messiah’s birth. Many bible scholars agree that many times the prophets did not know what they were prophesying. It is not like the soothsayer or fortune teller that claims to see everything clearly and understands what they are talking about by the power of some mystical force (that is definitely not God). No one can understand God. No one can claim to know exactly what He is doing. Even when He lets us know what is going on, He does not let us in on the big picture. No one man gets the big picture.

Imagine the shock of Isaiah when God gives him this word. How is it possible that one who is pregnant and delivers a child is still a virgin? This is central to the Christian. If it is not true, how can Jesus’ death mean anything? If it is not true, than how did He raise from the dead? How would he raise us? But it is true. Every word of God is true. This is how He is the Son of God. He is God. This also explains why the child will be called Immanuel, meaning God with us.

The angel clarifies this. He speaks to Joseph, who was considering divorcing his betrothed wife, Mary. The angel said not to worry, but the child she has conceived is from the Holy Spirit. This is the Spirit of His Father. God is life. He is the Sustainer of all things. He is the Creator. He can create anyway He sees fit. His is God. 

In the 1700s there was a declaration by the secular world of a new age of reason and not of faith. They called for the abandonment of Christianity. For this reason, there were many in the 1700s who saw the virgin birth as something to be rejected. I am here to tell you that the issue of the Virgin Birth is a show stopper. Either you believe it or you don’t. To not believe it is to reject the Jesus of the bible. To not believe it, but claim to believe in Jesus is to proclaim and different Jesus. You must believe the Virgin Birth. God can do anything. He did exactly what the scripture said. He is the Father of the man Christ Jesus.

Voltaire was one of those in the age of reason. In the spirit of this month devoted to Messianic prophecy and it’s pinpoint accuracy, it would do us good to look at the failure of man’s prophecies. Voltaire predicted that Christianity would be extinct within 100 years of his death. He died in 1778. Well he was wrong. It has been over 200 years since his death. He was emphatically wrong! How naïve is it for a man to speak of a faith that triumphed over persecution by the sword as if it could be snuffed out by words? If the threat of death could not snuff it out, neither can cavalier words of the intellectual elite. God’s predictions stand sure. Man’s predictions? Not so much.

Posted in Bible 2013, Messianic Prophecies    Tagged with Virgin Birth, Mary


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