4. Part b
THE EARTHLY FAMILY OF JESUS
Many false doctrines about Mary.
This doctrine is not Scriptural, for "all have sinned."
2. perpetual virginity
This doctrine cannot be true, for the Bible speaks of the "brethren of the Lord"
Mary had five sons.
Jesus, the Son of God
James, Joses, Simon, and Jude, (the sons of Joseph)
Mary had three daughters, three half sisters of Jesus
"are not His sisters here with us."
Mark 13:55-56, Mark 6:3
Jesus was called Mary's "firstborn".
(Matthew 1:25, Luke 2:7)
The terminology "only begotten" is used only of Jesus to the Father (John 1:14, 18, 3:16, 18, I John 4:9)
The O.T. prophecies say Jesus was to have siblings:
"I am become a stranger unto My brethren, and an alien unto My mother's children."
The brother's of Jesus did not believe on Him until after the resurrection (John 7:3-10, Acts 1:14).
3. Mary's glorification and ascension
This is not true, not recorded in Scripture, nor in early church history, but was added into Roman Catholic history hundreds of years later. The grave of Mary is found in Ephesus.
4. perpetual sonship and subordination of Jesus to Mary
Jesus accepted subordination to Mary, only as it applied to His earthly life. Even at age 12, He showed His Own decisive sovereignty, as He remained behind to begin His Father's work.
5. Mary is an intercessor and mediator of mankind to Jesus
There is only 'One Mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus', and Mary has the same intercessory ministry as all other saints of God, no more, no less.
These kind of false doctrines keep many from talking much about Mary, but we do talk of Paul, Peter, etc.
For forty days, Mary could not come into the temple proper area, but after 7 days, on the eighth day, the male child would be circumcised. (Leviticus 12:1-4).
After the circumcision, as Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus were traveling back to Bethlehem, the wise men followed the light in the sky. In Bethlehem, the wise men worshiped this new born King of Kings.
THE JOURNEY TO NAZARETH WAS LONG
The gold, frankincense, and myrrh financed the flight to Egypt to keep Jesus safe from Herod. They then fled to hide in Egypt. The flight to Egypt, right after the departure of the Magi was the plan of God, to hide the new born King from the slaughter of 14,000 babies back in Judah.
In Egypt, near the friendly and refuge of Israel in the former times, Jesus was safe... for He had "come to His Own, and "His own received Him not..."
Note the obedient nature of Joseph, for he was willing, for the safety of a child, not his own, to flee his own country, his professional career, and hide from Herod. How long was his stay in Egypt? a few months? years? We are not sure, but likely around a month. For Herod died in less than a month of the flight of Joseph and the family from Bethlehem. Imagine how many babies would have been killed, if Herod had lived years following the order to kill the babies 2 years and younger!!!
Herod died at Jericho, rotten in body, and was the most unmourned man of his time. News of his death spread rapidly. Joseph waited for direction from the Lord.
Mary was still a virgin, and technically should not have needed to sojourn for purification for 40 days. On the ninth day after the birth, following the visit of the wise men, Joseph, Mary and the babe had fled to Egypt. On the 40th day, Joseph came back to Jerusalem with Mary and the babe, and likely the death of Herod had already taken place. There in the Temple, on the 40th day, a pair of turtle doves offered as part of her purification, and five shekels were offered by Joseph, making Joseph the legal father (Numbers 18:15-16).
Jewish law required that on the eighth day, the newborn male was to be circumcised and receive His name (Luke 1:59-63). Then on the 40th day, the purifying of Mary, via the sacrifice of two turtle doves, 5 shekels of silver to be given. The two turtle doves, one for burnt offering, one for a sin offering were offered, indicating that Joseph had already spent the money gained by the gifts of the wise men. Lodging, food, and travel had cost much. He was anxious to return to his profession.
While in Jerusalem for this sacrifice, Simeon prophesied that this child was born "for the falling and the rising of many, sword should pierce through Mary's own soul" (Luke 2:34-35). Anna also blessed Jesus.
Archelaus, reigned in his father's place. He had a kindred nature to Herod, he was suspicious, hateful, and would have been nearly as bad a threat to Jesus, as was his father. He was the worst of Herod's sons.
Archelaus was later banished, deposed by Romans for misgovernment in 6 A.D., about the time Jesus would be nearing 12. This is likely why we do not see more of Jesus in Jerusalem, until He was 12 years old.
The nation of Israel had been divided into three parts. The three parts were ruled by three men.
The parts of the kingdom, Archelaus ruled were:
Judea, Idumea, Samaria
Galilee and Peraea
Batanea, Trachonitis, and Auranitis
Following the death of Herod, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and the other siblings born to Mary and Joseph went to Nazareth to live, unable to visit Jerusalem for Archelaus was alive until Jesus was 12. Then the visits to Jerusalem could be yearly.
Joseph -- was a simple, hard working, God-fearing man. He had a warm heart. He was a strict observer of Jewish law. In face of possible slanderings by neighbors, he and his family stayed in Nazareth. He had made complete self-sacrifice (fled to Egypt) to save Jesus from Herod, but now in this small, Galilean town, of Nazareth, he would raise the Son of God.
Nazareth called el-Medinat el- baidah, "the white town" for it was built of white stone supplied by limestone rocks. This little town was on the western and N.W. slopes of a hallow among the hills of Galilee. It was half-way between the sea of Galilee and Haifa (on the Mediterranean).
At the foot of the north hill, a good spring provided water for the little town. A conduit took water to a fountain where women and children would get water to carry home in jars. Another tiny spring in the side of a western hill supplied more water.
On the Northwestern hill was a synagogue. The attempt on Jesus' life may have been on the high cliff of Nazareth, not far from the synagogue.
The view from the hilltop near this synagogue is awesome. The view from which could be seen the Mediterranean Sea, when looking West. Mt. Hermon, the same mountain on which the transfiguration occurred, could be seen to the North. Mt. Bashan could be seen to the East. Samaria could be seen to the South. The whole valley of Megiddo could be viewed from this hilltop.
Jesus first sermon preached there :
"And He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read."
The people had much unbelief, and found it difficult for them to accept the Boy from Nazareth Who now was preaching, and performing miracles.
"And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief."
"Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" John 1:46