QWhat is your position on the virgin birth? By that I mean, is the doctrine that Jesus was born of a virgin mother really important to the Christian?
AYes, the virgin birth is very important! If it could be proven that Jesus was the natural son of Joseph, then He would not have any right to the throne of David. The reason being, Joseph came from the seed of Coniah, and the Scriptures declare in Jeremiah 22:24-30 that no descendant of Coniah would ever sit upon David’s throne.
In Matthew chapter 1, Joseph is revealed as having descended from Jechonias, another form of Coniah’s name, while in the Gospel according to Luke, chapter 3 we see that through His mother Mary, Jesus descended from David, and not through Solomon and Coniah, but through another son of David named Nathan. Actually, the Bible has gone to great length to substantiate the fact that Jesus was born of a virgin woman, conceived of the Holy Spirit. That makes Him the Son of God. Jesus was different than any other child born into this world! See Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:20
QHow many miles did Mary and Joseph travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem? I’ve never been over there, so I don’t have a good idea of distances in that part of the world.
AMary and Joseph traveled between 60 and 80 miles on their journey from Nazareth in the north down to Bethlehem, about four miles southwest of Jerusalem.
QIn a discussion in our class at church, the wise men’s visit to Jesus was brought up. Some felt the wise men came immediately, and then some of the others of us felt Christ was 18 months to two years old when the wise men finally got there. What does the Bible say?
AIn the Gospel of Luke chapter 2 verses 7 and 12 you’ll note the Baby Jesus is in swaddling clothes and He’s lying in a manger. He was an infant when that took place. He had just been born of His virgin mother when the shepherds came to visit them. Yet, in Matthew 2 verse 11 we have the wise men being sent by Herod to “search diligently for the YOUNG child.” Matthew 2:8. Then in verse 11 “when they were come into the house, they saw the YOUNG child (not an infant) with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; …” Matthew 2:11. On this second occasion, which is Matthew’s account, the Child is in the house, not the stable at Bethlehem. Based on the fact that Herod inquired of the TIME the star appeared and the fact that he later slew all the baby boys 2 years and younger, Jesus was probably at least a year old at that time.