What is the Transubstantiation of the Eucharist?

Is it a form of cannibalism?

There’s been a lot of debate surrounding the transubstantiation of the eucharist, and if Catholics really believe that they’re eating the flesh of Jesus Christ, and literally drinking his blood.

The whole point (at least in some Catholic circles) of transubstantiation is to magically alter the regular piece of bread into Jesus Christ’s flesh, and the drink into His blood. To partake in and consume in order to have the life and spirit of Jesus Christ within us.

Hm… it sounds an awful lot like cannibalism to me. But to be fair, let’s take an in depth look into what actual Catholics and scholars believe is the meaning of this verse:

53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.
54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
John 6:53-58

“So, what did Jesus mean when he spoke about eating his flesh and drinking his blood? He certainly wasn’t talking about cannibalism!

He was talking about true religion. What Jesus meant is that it’s got to be personal. Jesus was saying that you don’t receive eternal life by understand concepts or by believing the right things, but instead by a personal and intimate relationship with him. Jesus must be to us more important than our very food and drink, and closer to us than the nourishment that courses through our body that helps us to live.”
What Does It Mean to Eat Christ’s Flesh and To Drink His Blood?

So according to the site above, they believe that the eucharist is meant to be taken symbolically, and ‘of course it’s not literal!’

Another insight into the belief that the transubstantiation is symbolic can be found here, as well as many other researched sites.

But further study and insight into this mysterious tradition does indeed show that many Catholics and practitioners of this ritual truly do believe that they are literally eating the body of Christ and drinking His blood.

And on average, according to several consensus studies, about 1 in 3 Catholics fully believe in the eucharist doctrine that the host transforms into the actual body/flesh and blood of Jesus Christ, while the other 2/3 believe that it is a symbolic, spiritual essence.

Results from the Pew Research Center: Understanding US Catholics’ belief in the Eucharist

There are even scientific studies declaring some rather unusual characteristics of these consecrated hosts that have undergone a transubstantiation process:

The video above shows several scientists/doctors/researchers who have studied the host’s transformation, and even hypothesizes the tools that would be necessary to replicate such a miracle:

– Odoardo Linoli
– Fredrick Zugibe
– Franco Serafini
– Jason DeGregorio
– Eduardo Sanchez Lazo

And as you can see, the full belief and trust in this miracle is alive and well by not only the creator of the video, but also many of the viewers who have left their own comments. And again, I am not bashing anyone for their beliefs. This is an attempt for me to truly understand these miracles and what may be happening. While I am a believer of Christ, I am also somewhat of a skeptic, especially when it comes to a process that involves the literal consumption of someone’s flesh and blood.

Some of the interesting similarities between the wafers discussed in the video are:

– They were revealed to be AB blood type
– The material derived seemed to have come from the left ventricle of the heart – while it was still alive
– The heart suffered massive trauma

(I don’t know about you… but this literally makes my own heart hurt and I can’t even imagine the circumstances that were involved in order to duplicate this kind of organic tissue result…)

While it may seem that these miracles are indeed mysterious and of a divine nature (or a terribly horrific one), I have to bring up a theory that some of the “host” wafers are not merely flour and water, like most people believe. I won’t get into the gritty details, but I will mention the possibilities that can arise between a religion that may be inclined to convince the public that miracles exist, with the combination of science and the capabilities of the technological age that are quite advanced at creating fabulous “signs and wonders” that the layman may not have even dreamed possible.

(And the insane amount of effort and length that these deceivers would go to, to convince the public in order to maintain their status as the religious world leader…)

For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
Matthew 24:24

This is a very cautious warning for us believers, to be very discerning when it comes to anything deemed “miraculous”. I have to remind everyone that a favorite practice of satan (who is called a liar, the father of lies, and the deceiver – and who also disguises himself as an angel of light) is to invert everything good and holy into one of corruption and wickedness.

What does the Bible say about demonic/satanic miracles?

What better way to do this than to lead the followers astray by taking Jesus Christ’s spiritual/metaphorical words, and twisting them into the belief that one must literally consume His flesh and drink His blood? Which by today’s measure, could be deemed as a cannibalistic, ritualistic custom. After all, if we read outside of the Bible and take a peek into the Book of Enoch, it states that one of the reasons why the great flood happened at all is because the nephilim (offspring of the fallen angels) gave in to the consumption of human flesh and all sorts of wicked tendencies.

(referring to the giants/nephilim) 3. Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them,
4. the giants turned against them and devoured mankind.
5. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another's flesh, and drink the blood.
6. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.
Book of Enoch 7:3-6

On August 18, 1996, a woman parishioner allegedly found a consecrated host on a candle holder and brought it to Fr. Alejandro Pezet. After a few days of leaving the host in the tabernacle to dissolve, found that it had been transformed into a bloody tissue that was much larger than the original host. It was then photographed and sent for scientific study by none other than our current Pope Francis (Jorge Bergoglio).

The Eucharistic Miracle Overseen by Archbishop Bergoglio (Now Pope Francis)

Just as an added bonus, here are some questionable quotes from Pope Francis himself:

Pope John Paul II was a saint, I am the devil.”
“having a personal relationship with Jesus is dangerous and very harmful.”

– Pope Francis Says: “I Am The Devil”

“Joking” or not, these are pretty serious statements coming from the head of the Roman Catholic Church…

Here’s another extremely controversial quote, from Pope Francis:

“‘Yes, I carry the cross to show that I am a Christian.’ ” And “It’s fine,” but “not just as a badge, as if it were a team, the badge of a team’; but [rather], said Francis, “as the memory of the man who made himself sin, who made himself the devil, the serpent, for us; he debased himself up to the point of totally annihilating himself.”

Pope Francis: Christ “Made Himself the Devil”

There are also some extremely disturbing and, quite frankly, terrifying, implications of the Vatican installing satan as the new head of the church and the shady practices they engage in… so take that for what it’s worth…

Satanic Black Masses at the Vatican

Follow that up with this additional perspective from Pope Francis, and it starts to paint an incredibly sordid and depraved picture…

Pope Francis compares abuse by priests to ‘satanic mass’

I have to admit, one of the reasons why it’s so hard for me to accept the Catholic teachings that the bread and wine literally become Jesus Christ in the flesh and blood, is because it sets a dangerous precedent on consuming the body and blood of the innocent, to maintain a “saving grace” to wipe away one’s own sins. While Jesus Christ Himself should be the ONLY one to turn to, there are certain religious sects that take His word to heart, even further, by following the same verse of John 6:53, but with a slightly different meaning that changes everything:

53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you
John 6:53

We see that “Son of Man” is capitalized, which presumes that it is a title given to Jesus Christ. However, if one were to take this verse literally and dissect its meaning, well, most of us would not consider Jesus Christ to be the “Son of Man”. Don’t we all consider Him the Son of God? So who is the Son of Man? Why would Jesus Christ be referring to Himself in this way? After all, if the biblical story of Jesus’s birth is any indication, He was not even born from a man but from a virgin woman and the holy spirit in the “Immaculate conception.” Of course, “man” is usually the term used to include all of humanity (mankind), so this could easily be explained away. And since Jesus is not one to boast about His heritage coming from God, He states also that He came from man.

But, as many confused or simply immoral groups will pursue, one can misconstrue any verse and twist its meaning to suit their own agenda. So now this “Son of Man” title can literally refer to ANYONE. “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man (any human being) and drink His (in some translations, “His” is not capitalized) blood, you have no life in you.”

And while people may laugh and scoff at the idea, the history of vampirism is a very real ideology, and there are some that truly believe that in order to have a long and healthy life, one must consume another being’s flesh and drink their blood.

History of Vampires

Even if ‘vampires’ in the traditional sense don’t really exist, there are still many people that believe that consuming other human being’s flesh/blood will give them a longer lifespan and/or give them mystical powers. There are also pagans/witches/warlocks… even misguided souls that have reverted to using ‘blood magic’ to help them with their woes or any other number of transgressions or desires:

Practicing Witchcraft: What You Should Know About Blood Magic

While the author of the above article tries to present this practice in a benign way, even setting “rules” as to how one should use blood in their magic, they cannot speak for everyone that they will adhere to this. If we know anything about the human nature and the addictive quality that power (even an allusion of power) gives to anyone, once they get a taste for it, the measures taken goes to extremes and therefore steps outside of the boundaries that was once set upon them.

Although imho, this occultic practice should not even be attempted since it is quite possibly opening doors that should never be opened. It invites spirits/demons in and may be one of the reasons why people claim to be cursed/haunted/possessed, etc.

In closing, while I do agree that the wordings of the verses lean heavily into a physical consumption of the body and blood of Christ, I am also of the belief that translations and interpretations get confused, especially when trying to ascribe meaning and words to an ancient language. (And that’s if the translations are not skewed on purpose…)

After doing all of this research and myself being a believer of Christ, I have come to this understanding:

The ingestion of the bread/wafer that indicates Jesus’s flesh is a symbolic gesture for that person saying, “I come to you, Jesus Christ.” while the drinking of the “wine” is akin to saying, “I believe in you, Jesus Christ.” Not that Jesus was literally referring to Himself as a physical manifestation that people must eat and drink.

35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
John 6:35

It is my belief that Jesus was indeed speaking in metaphorical terms and talking from a spiritual standpoint. He knew that the hard-hearted, the unbelievers, the stubborn materialistic inclinations of some people would not understand His sayings no matter how He worded it. And that some people may be misled by this teaching. So He spoke with this type of parable to the people that could glean meaning and understanding that Jesus Christ is asking His followers to pursue a spiritual path – instead of the physical.

Of course, I have to admit, for Jesus to describe people’s manner of following Him in this way, does leave it open to different perceptions/interpretations. After all, if one were to read His verses in the literal sense, there is no other way to differentiate His meaning other than an actual consuming of His flesh and drinking of His blood. And it’s fascinating that even other Catholics cannot come to a resounding definitive answer as to the purpose of the eucharist/transubstantiation.

But perhaps to clarify, and put this whole situation to rest, Jesus also says this to his disciples after his very controversial, parabolic teaching:

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
John 6:63

Again, why Jesus Christ decided to tell His allegory in such a perplexing way, is perhaps the bigger mystery.

Was He testing His followers and other believers/non-believers alike? To see who would still follow Him and understand this spiritual/conscious teachings?

(And on the flip-side, to see who would take His words literal and continue seeking the physical fulfillment of a worldly life with material sustenance – instead of The Word and Life of the Spirit…)

Bottom line, God knows the motives of our heart. If we come to Him with a sincere and genuine faith and pure intentions, God knows this; and whether we believe in the literal transubstantiation of the eucharist or not, it should not be the key determinant in what kind of person you are or what kind of life you’re living.

After all, one can participate in the mass, yet not be a believer at all…

Personal disclaimer: These are my understandings and beliefs only. In no way am I claiming to know the absolute Truth. This is just what resonates with me and what I have come to realize during my quest to seek Jesus Christ and information I have gathered from the Bible and other sources.

Fact checking is extremely important. I want to reiterate not to take everything at face value; no matter what you read, where you read it from, or who you hear it from. And to be clear, do not rely on “fact checking” websites to give you accurate information either. These are just as likely, (if not even more likely…), to feed false information and false debunking accounts to manipulate the reader. Please take everything into consideration before adhering to a certain narrative – and always keep your mind open to other possibilities.

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Matthew 2: The Magi Visit the Messiah

Earnest Examination

In this series, I have highlighted the texts of verses that I either don’t understand or have a comment or question about in yellow. The comments I’ve left beneath it will be of a smaller font and using brown text.

I’ve realized that I have never read the Bible front to back, and so would like to remedy that. On some of my posts, I quote from the Bible, which I feel is a little insincere if I’m not going to study the whole Bible. So this is my chance to get closer to the Word and really understand the book that I occasionally quote from.

I would love it if you’d join me in this journey and if you have any insights and/or knowledge of these chapters/verses etc., please feel free to share with me and the other readers. Any chance to get a clearer understanding of the Bible and Jesus Christ would be welcomed with open arms.

All verses used are from biblestudytools.com (NIV) Matthew 2

The Magi Visit the Messiah

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem
2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

From my understanding, these Magi are the Three Wise Men that are sometimes depicted in the nativity scenes that artists and figures imagine. But from realizing that Jesus was born while the three Magi were still traveling to get to his birthplace, the nativity scene is historically flawed, yet still filled with important imagery about Jesus’ birth.
And I wonder how the Magi was so sure that it was His star… What made this star stand out? (Be right back. Doing some research…)
Okay, I found this site that delves into it quite well, it seems: Jesus’ Birth – The Star of Bethlehem
The author of the article believes this “star sign” to be Jupiter. And since the Magi are trained in astrological knowledge, they would see the significance of this motion in space. I will have to delve further into these accounts, because I find it fascinating and would like to learn more about it myself, but it is a nice stepping stone in trying to understand why the Magi were directed to this place specifically by following this unusual star pattern. It seems incredibly important that one could actually watch for the rise of the King/Messiah. And the article I listed mentions that those who are trained to watch the stars and notice the planetary/heavenly significances will of course notice this, while others unfamiliar with these studies wouldn’t even know to look for them. And it’s amazing that these Magi were able to detect this motion without all of the technology that we have today.

3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
I understand why King Herod would be disturbed, from knowing a little bit about King Herod’s history prior to this “Bible study”, as it were, because he felt threatened that this new arrival would fulfill the prophecy of a new King/Messiah, and obviously Herod would not want someone to overthrow him. But I am not sure why all of Jerusalem would be disturbed as well. Are they afraid of this new King or Messiah as well? Are they intimidated by the new King’s arrival because they feared His judgement? Or were they afraid of Herod’s reaction to this news? What were Jerusalem’s worries?
4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.
5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’ ”

As I did in Matthew 1, I had to look up what prophet they were referring to. It appears to be from Micah 5:2.
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.
8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

Even without knowing Herod’s background, it’s quite obvious that Herod’s intentions is not to worship this child. It’s already revealed that he is disturbed about his presence, so the pretense that he simply wants the child found in order to worship him should not be lost on us.
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.
I still find it fascinating that these wise men knew exactly where the child was simply by following a star. And to see it stopping right over the house seems almost magical (miraculous?). When I initially read about this, I kept thinking, perhaps ONLY the magi could see this “star”, as perhaps a divine vision that no one else could see. Not that it was an actual star in space. Could they have perhaps seen a bright aura or something similar that led the Magi there? Were they the only ones on the whole planet who could see this star or did others see it too? Jesus is often depicted with a bright halo surrounding his head… could this light be what led the Magi there? This is purely speculation, of course, and if there’s other documentation that other people than the Magi saw this “Star of Bethlehem”, then I would love to see it. I’ve tried researching this but there is not much about the Star of Bethlehem in the Bible other than a very small handful. Another theory that it could be might be an angel, set forth to direct them to Jesus’ birthplace. After all, angels are known as beings of light, right? Could this be what the Magis were seeing? In other certain biblical verses also, stars are represented as being angels.
10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

So after the Magi meet the child, what happens to the “star”? Does it remain over the house, or does it disappear? It seems we don’t know what happens to this significant sign next. The Bible doesn’t seem to expand on it further. It is just a brief, important part of history that led the Magi to Jesus’ home, and then we don’t hear about it again. Unless I haven’t gotten to that part yet, but when trying to look up more information on the Star of Bethlehem, it is always referred back to this specific scene.
12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

The Escape to Egypt

13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.
Again I find the references to dreams extremely interesting. It seems as if back then they held dreams in high regard while nowadays, although some do try dream interpretations and the study of dreams, for the most part, a lot of people simply forget their dreams and/or treat them as insignificant nightly amusements or nonsensical mind dumps to clear their thoughts. Of course, if one is to deeply go into this subject, they’d realize that dreams, REM, o.b.e.s, astral projection, etc. has been (and still is) independently studied by scientists, researchers and in conjunction with the government. Even the C.I.A. has been known to address this subject. So we can gather that the study of dreams can be of incredible importance. And especially back in biblical times they listened to dreams and followed some of their visions.
“Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt,

This verse hits me hard because I cannot comprehend how someone can be so evil and misguided to want to kill an innocent child. Even with knowing that Herod considers this child a danger to his empire, the lack of human decency and compassion physically hurts my heart to read about.
15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
This was from the prophet Hosea 11:1.
16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
I also want to mention, not only was this “king’s” order incredibly heartbreaking, but what about the soldiers actually carrying this order out? Why would a whole group of soldiers lack such a moral compass as to follow one man’s rule and order? Especially one as egregious as this one? Were they blinded by a payoff? Dutiful obligation? What compels someone to be as heartless and brutal to listen to a greedy, selfish, uncaring King? Were these soldiers’ hearts hardened as well?
I also want to reiterate that I am using the NIV version but in different versions, such as the King James Bible, the verse becomes, “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem.” This change seems to indicate that it was King Herod alone who slew these children himself, instead of “giving orders” to others to do it. So which really happened? Which version holds more water?
And that brings me to the other issue I have where, since God is omniscient, He already knows what will happen, and He Himself is known for hardening people’s hearts. Is this “sovereign plan” just simply outside the scope of human understanding? Am I too grounded with worldly beliefs that a physical life is an important aspect of a soul’s being? Are these innocent children being slaughtered a terrible illusion impressed upon everyone when in reality, their souls and physical being are already protected by angels to spare them from the horrors of what is happening to their bodies? It’s just hard for me to comprehend why a loving God would subject innocent infants and babies to such inhumane death. I realize it is the actions of wicked and evil men, so God is just allowing them to carry out their free will, but I am just trying to rationalize it in as sympathetic way that I can. It’s incredibly hard, because since having a few divine intervention of sorts, the empathy I feel when addressing these situations literally breaks my heart and brings me to tears.
I also want to address the Magi themselves. Since Herod was so furious with them, was there any form of retribution for their deception to King Herod? Or did Herod strictly go after the children? So far I have not seen any evidence to show that King Herod also wanted the Magi dead for tricking him.

17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18 “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”

This verse also tears into me, because I can’t even imagine the devastation of losing one’s child in such a manner would be.
I also attempted to research about Rachel and Jacob’s relationship, and it is way too complicated to get into here, but eventually I will get to that part when I complete the New Testament… which will obviously take awhile. Suffice it to say, the drama that surrounds this family alone can cover a whole post in itself…

The Return to Nazareth

19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt
20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”

I must be really curious about this history because I’d like to know how soon after Herod died did the angel appear to Joseph to give him this news. Right after? Days? Months? Years? It mentions that “those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.” Which implies it was more than one person. Herod and his soldiers? Or just Herod? And how long did his order to kill all the infants last? How long did it take the soldiers to complete this order? How old was Jesus during this time? Did anyone else flee the village after realizing the carnage that was brought upon the boy children? So many questions with this event in time.
21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.
22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,
I wanted to know a little bit about Archelaus’ history because, well, why was Joseph afraid of Archelaus? So I found this site that digs into his history, but it is not mentioned in the Bible as far as I know. It is allegedly from an ancient historian named Josephus which a lot of scholars study in connection with the Bible.
And while the dream told Joseph to take the child to Israel, there are still places that he should steer clear of and so the angel apparently helps him direct his destination to a safe place within Israel.

23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

There is actually still more about this chapter that I’d like to delve into deeper, including checking out some of Josephus’ work in conjunction with the Bible, so there might be instances where I edit in an addition here and there to expand upon other things that I’ve found.

And again, if you have further revelations/knowledge about this chapter, please feel free to share. I enjoy bouncing off theories and theology off of each other. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!

Fact checking is extremely important. I want to reiterate not to take everything at face value; no matter what you read, where you read it from, or who you hear it from. And to be clear, do not rely on “fact checking” websites to give you accurate information either. These are just as likely, (if not even more likely…), to feed false information and false debunking accounts to manipulate the reader. Please take everything into consideration before adhering to a certain narrative – and always keep your mind open to other possibilities.

Fair use disclaimer: Some of the links from this article are provided from different sources/sites to give the reader extra information and cite the sources, but does not necessarily mean that I endorse the contents of the site itself. Additionally, I have tried to provide links to the contents that I used from other sites as an educational and/or entertainment means only; if you feel that any information deserves further citation or request to be clarified, please let me know through the contact page.

Matthew 1: The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah

Earnest Examination

In this series, I have highlighted the texts of verses that I either don’t understand or have a comment or question about in yellow. The comments I’ve left beneath it will be of a smaller font and using brown text.

I’ve realized that I have never read the Bible front to back, and so would like to remedy that. On some of my posts, I quote from the Bible, which I feel is a little insincere if I’m not going to study the whole Bible. So this is my chance to get closer to the Word and really understand the book that I occasionally quote from.

I would love it if you’d join me in this journey and if you have any insights and/or knowledge of these chapters/verses etc., please feel free to share with me and the other readers. Any chance to get a clearer understanding of the Bible and Jesus Christ would be welcomed with open arms.

All verses used are from biblestudytools.com (NIV) Matthew 1

The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah

1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
[ I will not go into the genealogy of Jesus yet simply because I am not aware or knowledgeable enough in this subject to address these names further. I will have to implement further reading and studying to fully comprehend all these names. ]
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,
8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12 After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud,
15 Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,

16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
[ In a different commentary, that I wanted to mention here, it states that this verse specifically alludes to Mary being the mother of Jesus, while Joseph is the husband of Mary. Instead of stating that both Joseph and Mary are the parents of Jesus, since Jesus did not come from Joseph, this verse tells us indirectly that Joseph, while known as the worldly paternal father of Jesus, was not His biological birth father. ]

17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.
[ I find the subject of genealogy to be a fascinating one. After all, we all had to come from somewhere, right? Can we trace our origins back to the beginning of time? Could some of us be from Joseph and Mary’s lineage and not even know it? For those that think that Jesus had children, since most of his time has mysteriously not been recorded as far as we know, could some people today be descendants of Him? Some would say these beliefs are unfounded, since Jesus has been widely believed to be celibate, but there’s no actual recordings of this either way. Regardless, the matter of our origins is captivating, to say the least. ]

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about : His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

[ Reading these verses, I’m a little confused to the “pledged”/”divorce” aspect. If I am understanding correctly, Mary is pledged to wed Joseph, but they haven’t been married yet. Yet he is concerned about divorcing her. Are they already married or in the process of being married while Mary was pregnant? ]
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
[ I just want to make a note about this verse. How do we differentiate meaningful dreams from those that are simply bizarre images or nonsensical themes? Are all dreams meaningful? For that matter, do we really receive true visions from dreams? And another question I have is, “Did Joseph test this angel to make sure he came from the Lord?” Even in a dream I would think one should still make sure the angel comes with a message from the Lord. How do we know that Joseph did this?

There is also an interesting comparison to what allegedly happened on Christmas night, midnight in 1518 at the Franciscan convent of Saint Elizabeth of the Angels in Cordova, Andalusia, Spain. The tale of “Sister Magdalena of the Cross – The Nun Who Made a Pact With the Devil” tells the account of a devout follower of Jesus Christ who got corrupted at a tragically young age. The testimonies allege that Magdalena conceived “miraculously” as well, except instead of it being from the Holy Spirit, it was from demons that she had made a pact with to attain wonderful stature within the church. It seems as if this account, if real, was an attempt from the evil spirits to duplicate the “Immaculate Conception”, and try and reverse the holiness that the first one provided us. Which is impossible, of course, but not for lack of trying from the dark entities. ]
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
[ I think anyone even just a little bit familiar with the Bible and Jesus’ name can agree that He is known by many names. Some may even say that if you don’t know Him by His TRUE name, then you are looking to the wrong “savior” to save you. Some other names that He is known by is Yeshua, Yahweh, Joshua, Immanuel/Emmanuel, as well as the many other titles he has. Jesus itself from different translations can mean “(God) is salvation.” and “God saves.” ]
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Which prophet? I had to look this up. This was to fulfill what the prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 7:14 – “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Immanuel means “God with us.” or “God is with us.”
23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”.
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home
as his wife.
25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Obviously this series will go in order, so I am eager to tackle Matthew 2, next. Again, if you have further revelations/knowledge about this chapter, please feel free to share. I enjoy bouncing off theories and theology off of each other. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!

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