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Jesus' Birth as told by Matthew                                                             Lesson 6

Matthew 1

The Birth of Jesus Christ – Matthew 1: 18-25

 18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

 20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him 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. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us."

 24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.


  • Pledged to be married
    • Jewish engagement was much more binding than in today’s world. While there was no sexual relationship, the engagement could only be broken through divorce.
    • Divorce her quietly.
      • Deuteronomy 22:25-27, Perhaps Joseph felt this would be an excuse to allow Mary to live and for him to be divorced from her.
  • Conceived from the Holy Spirit
    • Emphasis on the virgin birth
    • Agrees with Luke 1:35

Note that verse 20 and 21 are a fullfillment of Genesis 3:15.


Thought to Ponder:

Is Matthew 1:18-23 a real life example of what God plans to do for humanity?


Scriptures to Read: 

  • Galatians 3:29
  • Galatians 4:1-7
  • Romans 8:17

Click here "Jesus' Birth According to Luke" lesson 7.

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Dear Heavenly Father,

Praise and glory to the one true Living God, the alpha and the omega. Holy, Holy, Holy is   your   name.   Thank   you Father, for your son Jesus Christ who redeemed us from our sins. And thank you for this day and everything you have brought to me. May my prayer rise to you as sweet incense from the alter. I ask that you guide me, Father, through your Word. Please open my heart and mind to recieve your word and please reveal your Holy Truth. Please dwell in me and help me to live each day of my life in keeping with your Word. In the Holy name of Jesus Christ, I pray and ask it. Amen.