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A Virgin Shall Conceive – Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23

There are clear parallels between Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23.

Consider the words of Isaiah as quoted by Matthew, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”(Matthew 1:23). This is an example of a class of prophecies in the Old Testament which appear to have a dual fulfillment, that is to say they predict something to take place in the near future which symbolizes something greater that will take place in the distant future.

The Virgin Birth:

  • Isaiah says, “I approached the prophetess and she conceived and gave birth to a son” (Isaiah 8:3) —nothing supernatural in that.
  • Matthew has something quite different to say: “Now the birth of Jesus was as follows: After his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit”(Matthew 1:18)
  • Luke, in his account of the birth of Jesus, confirms that Mary was a virgin when she conceived (Luke 1:26-38).

After Isaiah’s son was born, Isaiah again prophesied the birth of a child, showing that he did not consider the real child of promise to be his own son, but rather the Son of God. This second prophecy is recorded two chapters further on (Isaiah 9:6-7). A most important element in this later prophecy is the development of the child’s name…

“For unto us a child is born,
Unto us a a Son is given,
And the government will be upon his shoulder,
And his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
The increase of his government and peace
Shall not end
Upon the throne of David,
And over his kingdom,
To order and establish it
With judgment and justice,
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of Hosts
Will perform this.”

(Isaiah 9:6-7)


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