Advent Day 2
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isa 7:14 NKJV).
Mary, a virgin from the lineage of David, birthed Jesus through agency of the Holy Spirit. Procreation or (begetting) in Mary’s womb made Jesus the Son of God (v. 18), thus, fulfilling the prophecy that Christ would be born of a virgin (Isa 7:14; Matt 1:21-23; Cox, 2013). Jesus descended as a scion from the lineage of David–a Rod from the stem of Jesse (Isa 11:1), father of David (1 Sam 17:12). As the Son of David, it established Jesus’ human lineage born through the virgin, Mary. The Matthean Gospel portrayed Jesus as the King, the Seed as Son of David (cf. Matt 1:22-23: “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet”).
Bear a Son (Isa 7:11b)
In Romans 1:3b, Paul reiterated the Matthean royal portrait of Jesus as “born of the seed of David according to the flesh” (Gal 4:4-5; Heb 2:14), thus, proclaiming Jesus as the royal heir of Davidic assent, Israel’s promised King (Davidic Covenant). Paul expands on this proclamation declaring the promised Seed, the “Son of God with power.” The term Son refers to God manifested in flesh Jesus.
Shall Call His Name Immanuel (Isa 7:11c)
Blue Letter Bible defines Emmanuel as “the title applied to the Messiah, born of the virgin (Matt 1:23, Isa 7:14). The genealogy of Jesus launches Matthew 1:23 as the son of David and son of Abraham–Jesus, God dwelling with man. The ordering of the genealogy itself implies the figure Malachi envisioned would come and save the people.
Jan Paron, PhD
(Excerpt trom the Incarnational Theology of Emmanuel in the Book of Matthew)