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The Man In The Manger

 

Luke 1:31-32 . . the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father.

When Joseph adopted Jesus into Solomon's lineage, it gave the child a legal opportunity to inherit David's throne, but it did not give him a natural opportunity, viz: in order to fully qualify as a candidate for the throne, Jesus absolutely had to be David's biological progeny.

Ps 89:3-4 . . I have made a covenant with My chosen; I have sworn to David My servant: I will establish your seed forever, and build up your throne to all generations

Ps 132:11 . .The Lord has sworn to David, a truth from which He will not turn back: Of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne.

Ps 89:35-36 . . Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before me.

The New Testament verifies that Jesus satisfies the natural requirement in those Psalms.

Rom 1:1-3 . . Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh

The Greek word for "seed" in that passage is sperma (sper'-mah) which is a bit ambiguous because it can refer to spiritual progeny as well as to biological progeny; for example:

Gal 3:29 . . If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed.

That seed is obviously spiritual progeny. But the seed in Rom 1:1-3 is biological progeny because David's seed is "according to the flesh" i.e. his physical human body.

David's seed according to the flesh not only validates Jesus' natural candidacy for David's throne, but also verifies that Adam was Jesus' biological progenitor because the Bible traces David's lineage all the way back there in Luke's genealogy.

But even without Luke's contribution, it's easy to prove that Adam was David's biological progenitor simply by referring to the fact that all human beings, regardless of race or color, are Adam's biological progeny; which of course includes David.

Acts 17:26 . . From one man God made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth.

Now, unless somebody can prove clearly, conclusively, iron clad, and without spin and sophistry that David's body was in no way biologically related to Adam's body, then we have to conclude that baby Jesus' body was also biologically related to Adam's body due to his natural descent from David.

 

FAQ: I've heard it said that ancestral blood is inherited via the father rather than the mother. Seeing as how Jesus didn't have a father, then how could he possibly inherit either David's or Adam's blood?

A: In the beginning, God made the first woman with human material taken from the first man's body. (Gen 2:21-22)

As a result, Eve was Adam just as much as Adam was Adam. (Gen 5:2)

"Adam said: This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh" (Gen 2:23)

Therefore, all biological offspring produced from Eve's flesh— whether normally conceived or virgin conceived —comes into the world with flesh of Adam's flesh, and bone of Adam's bones.

Now; unless someone can prove beyond any shadow of sensible doubt that Mary and Eve were not biologically related, then we must conclude that any progeny produced from Mary's flesh, no matter how, would be bone of Adam's bones and flesh of Adam's flesh; viz: Adam was just as much Jesus Christ's father as he is everyone else's father.

In point of fact, God predicted that Eve's progeny would one day destroy the serpent (Gen 3:15). So then, if Jesus Christ were not Eve's progeny, then he could not be the one predicted to destroy the serpent. But if Jesus is the predicted progeny, then Eve is his mother and Adam is his father.

There are quite a few Christians who would really like to take Adam out of Jesus' biological genealogy, but the only way to do it is to take Mary's flesh out of the stream, and ultimately Eve's; which is no doubt at least one of the reasons why the surrogacy theory is so popular.

NOTE: The life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev 17:11) so I think we may safely assume that when God took Adam's flesh to make Eve's flesh, some of Adam's blood came with it; which means that Eve's blood was Adam's blood; and so on, and so on, down the line to Mary, and thereby to Jesus.

And seeing as how Eve's bones were made of Adam's bones, then her bones replenished Adam's blood in her flesh as its cells gradually died off like normal blood cells do. The self-same process would've taken place in Jesus' flesh and bones too seeing as his flesh and bones were Adam's flesh and bones.

FAQ: How could you possibly know Adam's blood type in order to verify it was in Jesus' flesh?

A: There are several human blood types— A, B, AB, and O, along with the Rh groups. However, any blood— regardless of its type or its group —is Adam's blood if it's human blood because Adam is the only human being that God created from scratch. All other human beings, including his wife, are Adam's direct biological descendants including, but not limited to, Jesus Christ and his mother. (Gen 3:20, Acts 17:26)

 

FAQ: In order for Mary's conception to produce a male child, her ovum would need a Y chromosome; which only a man's gamete can provide. From whence did she get it?

A: Jesus' conception was a supernatural event just as Eve's creation was a supernatural event. Because of that, some say Jesus got the Y chromosome directly from God but I'm inclined to suspect that he got everything he needed in order to be a complete man from his mother's body just as Eve got everything she needed in order to be a complete woman from Adam's body.

In the beginning God made the first woman with human material taken from the first man's body (Gen 2:21-22) so that the woman became just as much Adam as Adam; she is not a discrete creature made independently of the man out of sand or dirt and rock. She was made from the flesh and bone of an already existing human being's flesh and bone. (Gen 2:23, Gen 5:2)

Seeing as how God constructed an entire woman-- top to bottom, chemically and structurally--from a man's flesh and bone, then I do not see how it would be any more difficult for God to construct a dinky little Y chromosome from a woman's flesh and bone.

And seeing as how every woman's flesh is Adam's flesh, then any Y chromosome that God might construct from woman's flesh would be Adam's Y chromosome seeing as how Eve's flesh was made with Adam's flesh.

God didn't have to create a Y chromosome ex nihilo, same as he didn't have to create a woman ex nihilo. He made her from something human already existing, which served to keep her in Adam's family. In the same vein, by making a Y chromosome from a woman's flesh and bone, it keeps Jesus' genes all in the Adams' family too.

 

FAQ: The Bible predicts that it would be Eve's seed that eventually destroys the Serpent (Gen 3:15). Doesn't that clearly indicate there would be no traces of Adam in the final stage of Jesus' biological origin?

A: There are times in the Bible when a woman's "seed" simply refers to her offspring— her children —and isn't meant to exclude a male ingredient. For example Gen 16:8-11 where God speaks of Ishmael as Hagar's seed; however that doesn't mean Ishmael was virgin-born because Gen 21:13 speaks of him as Abraham's seed too.

To my knowledge none of Eve's children were virgin-born. The perpetuation of her seed spoken of at Gen 3:15 was made possible only by conjugal relations with a man. (Gen 4:1-2, Gen 4:25)

In other words: Eve's "seed" doesn't speak of her ovum, rather, it speaks of her posterity, which all came about via the participation of hundreds, maybe even thousands, of men down thru the centuries— most especially Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob —and I have no plausible reason to believe that God preserved some of Eve's eggs so that later on one could be implanted at just the right moment in Mary's womb to produce Jesus.

 

FAQ: If it's really true that Jesus Christ is Adam's biological progeny, then wouldn't he have been born with a "body of death" just like everybody else? (Rom 7:24)

A: Yes, and in point of fact the Bible says that Jesus came in the likeness of sinful flesh rather than in the likeness of righteous flesh. (Rom 8:3)

The Bible also says of Jesus that he was "made like his brothers in every way". (Heb 2:13-18)

The Bible also says that Jesus was made of David's seed according to the flesh, viz: made of David's body. (Acts 2:29-30, Rom 1:3)

 

FAQ: If Jesus Christ's body really was bone of Adam's bones, and flesh of Adam's flesh, and his blood was Adam's too; then wouldn't Jesus be effected by Rom 5:12a, which reads: "Just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men?

A: Yes; had Jesus not been crucified, he would've eventually died of some other cause.

FAQ: You're saying that Jesus Christ's body wasn't immortal?

A: Had Jesus' body been immortal, the Romans would've failed to execute him on the cross and he would've just hung there in agony day after day after day even after the soldier stabbed him with a spear.

 

FAQ: What about the remainder of Rom 5:12, which says: "because all sinned". And also Rom 5:19 which says: "Through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners". Are you saying that Adam's sin made Jesus Christ a sinner just the same as all the rest of Adam's progeny?

A: Jesus Christ never committed a single solitary sin of his own in his entire life; either in thought, word, or deed. (John 8:29, 2Cor 5:21, Heb 4:15, and 1Pet 2:22)

But note that I said "of his own".

Adam's sin is what's sometimes called imputed. In other words, it's a sin whose consequences are held against you without your having actually done anything yourself to deserve it. (cf. Isa 53:5-9)

I realize that sounds extremely unjust and unfair but it is what it is, and not even the very son of God himself could circumvent it because in order for the Word of John 1:1-14 to be fully man, he had to take upon himself not only a human man's body, but also a human man's liabilities; which for someone of his stature, must have been terribly humiliating.

Now, let me emphasize that we're not talking about the so-called fallen nature here. This is strictly a legal issue rather than a spiritual issue; and justice for the offense is easily satisfied by just simply passing away. (Gen 2:17)

FAQ: According to Jer 31:29-30 and Ezek 18:20, the father's guilt is not laid to the account of his posterity for the evil he has done. So then, how was it legal for God to condemn the entire human race to death for what Adam did?

A: According to Deut 5:1-3, Rom 4:15, Rom 5:13, and Gal 3:17, the laws of God do not have ex post facto jurisdiction; viz: they aren't retroactive. So at the time of the forbidden fruit incident, God was at liberty to impute the guilt of Adam's transgression to his entire posterity, which of course began with Eve seeing as how according to Gen 2:21-23, her flesh and bones were made of his flesh and bones. In effect; Eve was Adam's first child; and from her came everyone else. (Gen 3:20)

 

Jesus Christ today is a high priest patterned after a high priest in the Old Testament named Melchizedek (Ps 110:1-4, Heb 5:1-7:28). In order for him to be effective, one of the qualifications of a high priest is that they have to be able to relate to their constituents. So; in order for Jesus to satisfy that requirement, he had to be a genuine h.sapiens; which entails having a genuine h.sapiens' body.

Heb 2:13-18 . . Here am I, and the children God has given me.

. . . Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death-that is, the devil-- and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants.

. . . For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Christ lived on this earth for about 30 years prior to his public appearances; and during those years, he did not lead a sheltered life; in point of fact, he underwent a sort of boot camp.

Heb 5:7-9 . . During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

The Greek word translate "source" refers to that which is causative, i.e. a motive force that gets the ball rolling and makes thing happen, so to speak.

It's a piece of cake for the Word of John 1:1 to comply with God's wishes because the Word himself is God too. But when the Word took on the nature of a human being; that's when he found out just how difficult it is for flesh and blood to comply with God's wishes; hence the prayers and loud cries and tears. But his experiences as a human being forged him into the kind of high priest that God deems suitable to hold the office.

Heb 2:10 . . For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Heb 4:15-16 . . We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

The Greek words for "confidence" indicate that when speaking to Christ, it's okay to just be yourself; viz: to be out-spoken, i.e. frank and candid: which has been made possible by a priesthood in Heaven chaired by a fellow man who lived down here on the Earth as an h.sapiens long enough to know what it's like to be one.

 

Rom 7:18 . . I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh

The Greek word for "flesh" is sarx (sarx); which basically indicates the meaty parts of either man or beast; i.e. the body. The meaty parts of course consist of not only muscle and fat; but also the organs and the brain and the nervous system along with the eyes, the ears, and the tongue. Those are all "meaty" parts.

What Paul is saying in Rom 7:7-24 is that the human body has a will of its own, and it quite naturally, and quite intrinsically, has a predilection for evil instead of good. In other words; any man who would be 100% righteous is in for a fight against nature, i.e. a fight against his own self— an inner conflict that (speaking from experience) can lead to a mental disorder or a nervous breakdown.

1Pet 1:18-19 . .You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

FAQ: According to Rom 7:7-23, human flesh has a will of its own, and it quite naturally, and quite intrinsically, has a predilection for evil instead of good; and there is no good thing in human flesh; and the human body is a "body of this death"; and Jesus Christ was Adam's biological progeny; and Jesus was made in the likeness of sinful flesh rather than righteous flesh; and he was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and he was made like his brothers in every way. So then; how can the blood in Jesus Christ's flesh be compared to the blood in the flesh of a lamb without spot or blemish?

A: One of the goofiest responses to that question that I've yet to encounter is that Jesus' blood wasn't normal blood, it was God's blood.

Well; that sounds reasonable but according to Acts 17:26, God has made all men of one blood. So if Jesus Christ is fully man, then his blood was just as much the one blood that's in all the rest of us; which of course is Adam's.

Jesus Christ's blood didn't have to be divine in order for it to qualify as an acceptable atonement; but the man himself had to be innocent; i.e. he had to be 100% sinless in thought, word, and deed.

 

Jer 13:23 . . Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.

Back in the mid 1960s— when I was a young single guy around 24 years old living solo in a tiny rented room in a family home's daylight basement —I had lots of time to myself to think about things since I had no friends, nor any kind of social contact whatsoever other than at work. I wasn't distracted with a girl friend, nor by pals and beer buddies, nor by an obsessive hobby. It was just me, my 1961 Volkswagen, and a 305 Honda motorcycle that I rode all over northwest Oregon.

I thought about Hell a lot back in those days; and the very real possibility of my ending up there. It occurred to me at the time that it would be a whole lots easier to comply with God's wishes if only I were like Him instead of like me. Doing bad is easy for me because I'm bad without thinking about it whereas doing good is a fight against nature. If only I could do good as naturally as God does good; I'd have it made.

Another thought crossed my mind back in those days. Let's assume that I could somehow manage to be pious enough in this lifetime to qualify for Heaven. Then what? I was pretty sure I could never manage to be pious for all eternity: possibly in this life, but certainly never in the next; no, I could never keep it up forever. Sooner or later my true colors would show themselves.

I envied people like Moses because he had Heaven in the bag while I had no clue about my future; though I was fairly sure that for me, Hell was pretty much a foregone conclusion.

I didn't know it at the time, but I was very fortunate to be thinking those kinds of thoughts because right around then I ran across a solution to my problem in the Old Testament that says:

"I will take you from among the nations and gather you from all the countries, and I will bring you to your land. And I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you will be clean; from all your impurities and from all your abominations will I cleanse you.

. . . And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit within you and bring it about that you will walk in My statutes and you will keep My ordinances and do them." (Ezek 36:24-27)

Those promises were made to the Jews so of course I, being a Gentile, couldn't expect God to let me in on them. But just think of the tremendous advantages that passage speaks of. Whereas I am normally and naturally impious, with those promises in hand I could become just the opposite, viz: I could become normally and naturally pious. Ezek 36:24-27 really perked me up and lifted my spirits because it gave me a light at the end of the tunnel whereas before then, I had none.

Eph 2:11-22 tells how that God has a way for Gentiles to share in the Jews' benefits. The light at the end of the tunnel spoken of above is available to everyone on Earth regardless of age, race, color, or gender; which the apostle Peter sums up by saying:

2Pet 1:2-4 . . Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and piety through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature.


 

 

 

 

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