Friday, December 8, 2017

Did Y’shua have two different fathers?

Let’s quickly address the false allegation that Y’shua had two different fathers. Messiah-Deniers attempt to use poor translations of Matthew 1:15-16 and Luke 3:23-24 as supposed "proof".

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,

Note how they don't mind using the New Testament "against" us whenever it suits their purposes; but if we try to correct the misunderstanding, they will immediately hide behind "the New Testament is a myth" argument!

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!

Anyway, here is one final response to their myriad allegations: A Messiah-Denier on Facebook recently ridiculed Yeshua's comment, "Let the dead bury the dead" in Matthew 8:22. This person insisted He was being "anti-Torah" which "proves" He cannot be THE Messiah....Well, the meaning is perfectly clear for those who understand the whole of the Bible. Yeshua wasn't talking about physically dead people (dead people can't DO anything!); rather, He meant the spiritually dead. If someone is spiritually dead, NOTHING you can say to them will matter, because they don't and can't understand (see 1 Cor. 2:14).

In other words, "leave those people alone and move on. Don't waste your time because they don't want to hear what you have to say. Let the dead bury their dead."

…Which is exactly what we ALL should do whenever challenged by some Yeshua-denier, for anyone who is able to deny Yeshua, never knew him, in the first place

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