Biblical Model for Conception
This provides a model for us: a man knows a woman, and with the help of God, she conceives and brings forth a child.
MAN + WOMAN + GOD’s HELP = CHILD
We see examples of this model being played out throughout the Bible in the young and old, or more specifically in the old and young.
The Old: Abraham and Sarah
In the beginning we read that God made a promise to Abraham in his old age regarding his seed.
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. (Genesis 17:1-8 KJV)
God told Abraham that Sarah, in her old age, would bear a son to him a year ahead of time.
And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? (Genesis 17:15-17 KJV)
And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. (Genesis 17:19-21 KJV)
And then we’re told “the LORD (YHVH) visited Sarah and the LORD (YHVH) did to Sarah as he spoke.” (Gen 21:1)
What did YHVH do?
We’re told in the very next verse, “And she conceived and bore to Abraham a son in old age at the set time according as the Lord spoke to him”. (Gen 21:2)
The natural assumption is the model laid out previously in Genesis 4:1 took place. Abraham *knew* Sarah, and with the help of YHVH she conceived.
We’re never told that Abraham knew her, but that is the logical conclusion knowing both the promises made and the Biblical model already established, let alone the natural process we have all witnessed throughout life.
The Old: Zechariah and Elizabeth
In the New Testament we read that an angel of the LORD (YHVH) appeared to Zechariah in his old age and told him that Elizabeth, in her old age, would bear him a son.
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. (Luke 1:5-7 KJV)
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. (Luke 1:13 KJV)
Promises were then made to Zechariah by God concerning this child.
And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. (Luke 1:14-17 KJV)
And then we’re told that Elisabeth conceives and she credits YHVH with her conception.
“And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men“. (Luke 1:24-25)
Again, the natural assumption is the Biblical model took place. Zechariah *knew* Elizabeth, and with the help of YHVH she conceived. We’re never told that Zechariah knew her, but that is the logical conclusion.
Later, after the child is born, Zechariah gives the following word of the Lord to those around him concerning the promises made to him by God:
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:76-79 KJV)
The Young: Isaac and Rebekah
Back in the beginning, when Isaac was 40 years old, Rebecca as a young maiden and virgin was espoused to Isaac, but for almost 20 years she remained childless. (Genesis 24; 25:20)
We’re told Isaac prayed to YHVH concerning Rebecca his wife, and YHVH heard him, and his wife Rebecca conceived in her womb. (Genesis 25:21)
Do we not assume that Isaac *knew* Rebecca, and with the help of YHVH she conceived? Again, this is a logical conclusion based on the aforementioned model, as well as the promise that was made to Abraham specifically concerning the seed of Isaac.
And God said to Abraam, Yea, behold, Sarrha thy wife shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name Isaac; and I will establish my covenant with him, for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to him and to his seed after him. (Genesis 17:19 Brenton)
Also notice, it was 20 years from the time Rebecca was espoused to Isaac to the time she actually conceived.
The Young: Joseph and Mary
In the New Testament we read an angel of the LORD (YHVH) appeared to Mary, who was espoused to Joseph, of the house of David, and told her she would conceive and bear a son, who would be given his father David’s throne.
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (Luke 1:26-33 KJV)
And then later we’re told Joseph takes Mary to Bethlehem to be registered, and it is revealed that she is pregnant at that time.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. (Luke 2:4-5 KJV)
Has the Biblical model changed? Were there promises made concerning this child?
The angel mentioned “David’s throne”, and we read in the Old Testament of promises made to David concerning his seed and his throne.
Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies.
Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. (2 Samuel 7:8-16 KJV)
Given these, why would we not assume Joseph knew Mary in this case?
MAN + WOMAN + GOD’s HELP = CHILD ??
If you notice between chapters 1 and 2, we see there is a passage of time, but we’re not told how much has transpired between the promise made to Mary and the fruition of it.
And the child [John the Baptist] grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel. And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (Luke 1:80-2:1 KJV, clarification mine)
What if it was something like 20 years that passed, similar to the other most notable espoused relationship between a man and a virgin, Isaac and Rebekah?
In a separate New Testament account, we are given a genealogical record to demonstrate the Messiah Jesus/Yeshua to be the son of David, the son of Abraham. (Matthew 1:1-17)
The author clearly understood the promises made to Abraham and Isaac and their physical seed after them, and then also the promise made to David concerning his physical seed. Why else mention this genealogical record?
Following this record, we read how the birth of Yeshua came to be: Joseph, during the time of his wife’s pregnancy, did not want to make a show of her and minded to send her away. But the angel of the LORD (YHVH) appeared to him, and told him to take her home with him, assuring him that what was begotten in her was of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18-20)
Again, why is it assumed that the Biblical model was changed in this case? Why would we not assume Joseph knew Mary as the catalyst for her conception? And why is it assumed the reason for Joseph’s mindset was due to an idea that he was not this child’s father?
I’ll tell you why I think it is. It’s because we’ve been taught the Biblical model changed.
The Great Deviation: The Virgin Birth Doctrine
We’ve inherited lies from our fathers. We’ve been exposed to doctrines of demons. And many of us have never even considered the possibility that the Biblical model of conception remained in tact.
According to Wikipedia, “The virgin birth of Jesus is the belief that Jesus was conceived in the womb of his mother Mary through the Holy Spirit without the agency of a human father and born while Mary was yet a virgin.”
I propose the original model still stands, and I plead with all who will lend an ear to reconsider the traditions and teachings of man and test them against the Scriptures.
Sadly, the writings of the New Testament have been mishandled to justify Mary is a perpetual virgin through the conception and birth of her firstborn. Mary is propped up as the physical seed of David, reducing Joseph to a mere guardian for the Messiah, yet there is no Biblical evidence for any of this.
Mary is hailed as “the mother of God” and Joseph is shunned as the legitimate father of his own child. How upside down is that?!
Promises were made by God with mankind concerning man’s physical seed.
Why would He change the Biblical order of a man knowing a woman as the catalyst for conception with Joseph and Mary, given these promises made to the men who came before them?
Why would He discard the man and deify the woman? Why would He bastardize the Messiah?
I don’t believe He would do any of these things, let alone that He did. I believe these notions came from the Adversary, by way of the Virgin Birth Doctrine, and they have been passed down from generation to generation, and the nations have been deceived.
My heart’s cry is for those who have ears to hear, let them hear what the Spirit of YHVH has to say.
Restore the Biblical order surrounding Yeshua’s conception, and recognize the fulfilled promises made by YHVH God to those who came before him.