The Nativity – For Pope Francis-Matthew Goldstein

 

According to the Book of Matthew the omnipotent God of Israel decides to incarnate as a mortal.

God can do it any way he wants.

He can descend as an adult and live as a king.

He can choose birth to a royal house of the educated upper class.

Instead he chooses to break the Law of Moses by impregnating a young, unmarried peasant girl who is likely to suffer execution by stoning if her pregnancy is discovered.

No one will believe her story of heavenly insemination:

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.”
Matthew 1:18-19

Joseph initially decides to continue with the marriage and then divorce Mary.

He later adopts Jesus as his own.

Everything about the birth of Jesus is unsavory in terms of Mosaic Lawand the rigid class system of the ancient world.

Jesus is a bastard and his Mother is an adulteress which was one of the worst crimes a woman can commit:

“Unlawful intercourse with a woman betrothed to a man was adultery, because the betrothed woman was deemed as inviolable as the married woman. The punishment for this crime was stoning to death at the place of public execution (Deut. xxii. 24). The punishment for Adultery according to the Mishnah (Sanh. xi. 1) was strangulation; the rabbinical theory being that wherever the death penalty was mentioned in the Bible, without any specific statement of the manner of its infliction, strangulation was meant.

The Jewish Encyclopedia


“The child of an incestuous or adulterous connection was known as aMamzer.

It was not permitted to become a member of the Jewish body politic (Deut. xxiii. 3 [A. V. 2]), and could not intermarry with a Jew or Jewess (Ḳid. iii. 12), although it did not lose its right to inherit from the husband of its mother, who, while not the legitimate father, was for this purpose the putative father.”

The Jewish Encyclopedia

There is no place in the World for this Child so he is born in a cave where he sleeps in a device designed for feeding livestock.

(Away in a manger, no crib for his head)

The only people who know with any certainty that Jesus is God are the Wise Men,
Mary and Joseph and the poorest of the poor, Shepherds.

The very wise and the very lowly.

So, why would God do this?

What is the meaning this decision to incarnate among outcasts to a life that begins and ends outside of the Law?

In 2010 I saw a documentary film called Dark Days.

 

The film is about a group of men and women who live in the train tunnels under Manhattan.

This is where I got the idea for the picture that illustrates this post.

I imagined Jesus as an abandoned infant discovered by a homeless young man who lives in a subway tunnel.

This image was shot in 2011.

This is my first experiment with the use of Second Life avatars to illustrate a story.

The avatar represents the young man who is homeless.

He has discovered a baby in the abandoned and decayed subway terminal he shares as a ‘home’ with a small community of homeless people.

I dedicate this post and image to Pope Francis, who teaches us about Christianity by practicing it.

Pope Francis is human and therefor not perfect, none of us are; but isn’t that the point?

The Right Wing Rebuttal to Pope Francis:

 

The actual response to the Pope’s visit:

How Right-Wing Media Are Welcoming Pope Francis To America

Source: The Nativity – For Pope Francis


 

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2 comments

  1. Yes, but Paul repeatedly tells us in Romans that keeping the Law in Jewish custom is not necessarily a sign of righteousness or a condition to enter the kingdom. The matter is incomplete for it is not the law but faith in Christ that brings redemption. The New Covenant is that the law is fulfilled through Christ and he cites Old Testament prophecies to support that contention. Paul also relates that “who is man to question(also in Job) the way God chooses to reveal Himself?”Paul posits that the refusal to accept and follow Christ is a rejection to His path for our redemption and castigates the Jews who refuse to accept this doctrine. It is also written the the angel tells Joseph that the child is born of the Holy Spirit just as the angel tells the aged Elizabeth and aged husband that a child (John the Baptist) will also be born of the Holy Spirit. Paul contends that there is nothing unsavory about the birth of Christ and there is no record of Joseph divorcing Mary.

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    • As Robert has written, so truly, Yeshua ben Yosef, came into the Jewish world of what was to become the first century CE or AD. God sent him, to his own people to save them from their sins, conceived by the Ruach HaKodesh, hence Son of God, everything said by Robert is so, according to the time and place into which our Saviour was born.

      Complete Jewish Bible
      Matthew 1:18-2:23 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

      18 Here is how the birth of Yeshua the Messiah took place. When his mother Miryam was engaged to Yosef, before they were married, she was found to be pregnant from the Ruach HaKodesh. 19 Her husband-to-be, Yosef, was a man who did what was right; so he made plans to break the engagement quietly, rather than put her to public shame. 20 But while he was thinking about this, an angel of Adonai appeared to him in a dream and said, “Yosef, son of David, do not be afraid to take Miryam home with you as your wife; for what has been conceived in her is from the Ruach HaKodesh. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Yeshua, [which means ‘Adonai saves,’] because he will save his people from their sins.”

      22 All this happened in order to fulfill what Adonai had said through the prophet,

      23 “The virgin will conceive and bear a son,
      and they will call him ‘Immanu El.”[a]

      To break an engagement quietly, is the equivalent of divorce or annulment in the 1st century Judaism, an Engagement or betrothal usually was of about two years during which time the couple were considered to be ‘married’ ( contracted)so the word ‘Divorce’ from the English Standard version is quite apt – read here for derivation of the Greek word used by the Writer

      There it also reminds us that Scripture does not contradict itself read notes at the end of STRONGS.

      Throughout Jesus’ Life, in as far as He was required to keep the relevant 613 Commandments ( to a Jewish Male who was not subject to the Holiness Code – Jesus was not an Aaronic priest, nor the adopted son of one) Jesus kept them. He could not be God Incarnate and break His own Laws. He came to fulfil the Law and not to destroy it.As Christians we keep the entire Torah if we Love God, and Our neighbours as ourselves.

      36 “Rabbi, which of the mitzvot in the Torah is the most important?” 37 He told him, “‘You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’[c] 38 This is the greatest and most important mitzvah. 39 And a second is similar to it, ‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All of the Torah and the Prophets are dependent on these two mitzvot. Matthew 22;36-4 CJB

      You are completely correct when you say that Faith is more important than keeping the Law (Jesus’ issues with the Pharisees and Levis who kept it in deed only yet piled burdens on the backs of ordinary people they refused to bare themselves.) here is a Suitable article regarding Paul on Faith which point out that Israel’s original relationship with God was one of faith through Grace.

      Dinner time

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