Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Explaining the "two Josephs"....


Y’shua deniers often insist that the Messiah, son of Joseph is NOT the son of David; that they are indeed, two separate people and that the messiah son of Joseph is from Joseph/Ephraim not Judah.  Well, that’s not exactly true, and here’s why:

Matthew 1:15 And Eli'ud begat Elea'zar; and Elea'zar begat Mat'than; and Mat'than begat Jacob; 16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Yehoshuah, who is called Messiah.

Luke 3:23 And Yeshua himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, 24 Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi,


The truth is, many have mistaken the genealogy in Matthew as that of Joseph, while the genealogy in Luke is taken as that of Mary.  This is backwards!   The genealogy in Matthew is of Mary and Luke's is of Joseph, Mary's husband!

Matthew 1:16, does not read "Joseph the husband of Mary" as most poor English translations say; rather it is: "Joseph, the guardian of Mary."  What's happening here is that the Greek translators failed to understand the Aramaic "gowra", meaning "guardian" in the context, and instead translated it as "husband", the error of which is simply carried forward in English translations. 

This means that the "Joseph" in Matthew 1:16 is the name of the guardian of Mary, not the "Joseph" who became her husband, who simply had the same name!  Indeed, if you just keep reading in Matthew 1, Matthew goes on to say: "But Yosip [Joseph], her husband was just and did not desire to expose her, yet he was thinking in secret that he would dismiss her."  Even Matthew understood that in verse 19 he needed to clarify that there he was talking about "Joseph", Mary's husband, rather than "Joseph", Mary's guardian whom he was naming in verse 16, son of Jacob!

We need to understand, Yeshua HAD to come from the line of David through Solomon!  You see this in Matthew 1:6.  But if you insist that the genealogy in Luke is the genealogy of Mary, then you would incorrectly cause the birth line of Yeshua to come from Natan, not Solomon!  (See Luke 3:31).  But Luke 3:23, is very clear that Luke here is addressing the line of JOSEPH, Mary's husband, of whom Yeshua is rightfully claimed as Joseph's son because Joseph did marry Yeshua's mother! 

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