Morning: Matthew 1:18-2:12; Noon: Romans 7:13-9:5; Evening: Psalm 18:14-23
Mankind is constantly breaking new ground, achieving new heights, crossing new barriers. An article was recently published about Andy Green, the man who broke the sound barrier on the ground in 1997 setting a land speed record with his vehicle at 763 mph, now makes plans to hit 1,000 mph! Yet, even his aspirations may hardly make world news for but a few minutes. World records seem like such a common place, and they hardly catch mainstream attention.
Perhaps the same could be said even in 1st Century A.D. After all, is there really anything new under the sun (Ecc. 1:9)? Surely, each generation has brought forth its own number of technological advances. But while that may be true, in Matthew’s day there was something new that would stand apart from every other generation. Something unheard of. Something impossible. Something that never happened before and would never happen again. A virgin would conceive and give birth to a child. What?! Yes, you heard Matthew right. Though some have tried to cast doubt on the exact meaning of the word “virgin” in the original language, suggesting that it could also refer to a young maiden or newlywed woman, the greater context of Matthew sharply depicts otherwise. Matthew says, “before they came together” she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. An angel is described as coming to Joseph and ensuring Mary’s fidelity. Then afterwards it is said that Joseph took her as wife and did not know her till she brought forth her firstborn son.
The record is clear. Mary was sexually untouched, and yet she gave birth to a son. Do you find this hard to believe? Any normal spectator would! But consider, why would Matthew give such a report at the very start of his account knowing a claim as this would be viewed by many as outlandish? Perhaps those whom Matthew wrote to had a greater respect for the prophetic Scriptures, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child”? Perhaps Matthew’s audience believed, “with God all things are possible.” Perhaps Matthew wasn’t as concerned as creating a believable story as he was concerned about simply stating the facts and telling the truth?
Telling the truth will not always be easy. There may be some difficult things you need to tell a spouse, a parent, a friend, or a brother. They may not want to hear it. They may not even believe it! Lot’s own sons-in-law refused to believe him about the destruction, but Lot had to warn them. It was for their own good. Truth is for man’s good. Truth is for man’s reconciliation. Truth is for man’s salvation.
Ask yourself today… If I don’t tell the truth to __________ about _________, will their salvation be in jeopardy? What about mine? (Ephesians 4:25)