BEHOLD THE KING
The angel Gabriel was sent from Yahweh to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Yosef, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Miriam, and the angel came in to her, and said, “Hail highly favored, Yahweh is with you, blessed are you among women.” When she saw, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
The angel said to her, “Fear not, Miriam, for you have found favor with Yahweh. Behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and you will call His Name Yahshua. He will be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest, and Yahweh will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His Kingdom there shall be no end.”
Then said Miriam to the angel, “How can this be seeing I know not a man?” The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you. Therefore that Holy thing which shall he born of you shall he called the Son of Yahweh.”
“Your cousin Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. With Yahweh nothing shall be impossible.” Miriam said, “Behold the handmaid of Yahweh, be it to me according to your word.” The angel departed from her.
Miriam arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah, and entered into the house of Zechariah, and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Miriam, the babe leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she spoke out with a loud voice, and said, “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
“What is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the voice of your salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she that believes, for there shall be a performance or those things which were told her from the Lord.”
Miriam said, “My soul does magnify the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in Yahweh my Savior. For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden, for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty has done to me great things, and holy is His Name.”
“His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation. He has showed strength with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the imaginations of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their seats and exalted them of low degree. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent empty away. He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed forever.”
Miriam abode with Elizabeth about three months, and returned to her own house. Now Elizabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered, and she brought forth a son. Her neighbors and her cousins heard how Yahweh had showed great mercy upon her, and they rejoiced with her.
Now the birth of Yahshua the Messiah, was on this wise. When His mother Miriam was espoused to Yosef, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Yosef, her husband, being just and not willing to make her a public example was minded to put her away privacy.
While he thought on these things, behold, the angel of Yahweh appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Yosef, son of David, fear not to take to you Miriam your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His Name Yahshua, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Now this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His Name Immanuel which being interpreted is, ‘Yahweh is with us.’
Yosef being raised from sleep did as the angel of Yahweh had bidden him, and took to him his wife, and knew her not until she had brought forth her firstborn son, and he called His Name Yahshua.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the entire world should be taxed. This taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed everyone into his own city.
Yosef also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Miriam his espoused wife, being great with child.
So it was that while they were there the days were accomplished that she should be delivered, she brought forth her firstborn son, wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manager, because there was no room for them in the inn. It was Tishrei 15, the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles – Sukkot, a High Holy Sabbath.
There were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And, lo, the angel of Yahweh came upon them, and the glory of Yahweh shone round about them, and they were quite afraid. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah.”
“This is a sign to you, you shall find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising Yahweh, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”
It came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, “Let us go to Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass which Yahweh has made known to us.”
They came with haste, and found Miriam and Yosef, and the babe lying in a manger. When they had seen they made known abroad the saying which was told there concerning this child. All they that heard wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. Miriam kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising Yahweh for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told to them.
When eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, the eighth day of the festival, His Name was called Yahshua, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb. When the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present to Yahweh (As it is written in the Law of Yahweh, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to Yahweh.”) and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the Law of Yahweh, “A pair of Turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”
And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen Yahweh’s Messiah.
He came by the Spirit into the Temple, and when the parents brought in the child Yahshua, to do for Him after the custom of the Law, then took he Him up in his arms, and blessed Yahweh, and said, “Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace according to Your word, for mine eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel”
Yosef and Miriam His mother marveled at these things which ware spoken of Him. And Simeon blessed them, and said to Miriam, His mother, “Behold, this is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against, (Yea, a sword shall pierce through your own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher, she was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity, and she a widow of about four score and four years, which departed not from the Temple but served with fasting and prayers night and day.
She coming in that instant gave thanks likewise to Yahweh, and spoke of Him to all of them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things according to the Law of Yahweh they returned to Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of Yahweh was upon Him.
Now when Yahshua was born, in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and have come to worship Him.”
When Herod the king had heard, he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him. He gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where the Messiah should be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judah, as it is written by the prophet, ‘And you Bethlehem of the land of Judah are not the least among the princes of Judah. For out of you shall come a governor, that shall rule my people Israel.’”
Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, “Go and search diligently for the young child. And when you have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also.” When they had heard the king, they departed.
The star, which they saw in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. When they came into the house, they saw the young child with Miriam his mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him.
When they opened their treasures they presented to Him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of Yahweh in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
When they had departed, behold, the angel of Yahweh appeared to Yosef in a dream, saying, “Arise, and take the young child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and be there until the death of Herod. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken of Yahweh by the prophet, saying, ‘Out of Egypt have I called my son.’”
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, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “In Ramah there was a voice heard, lamentation, weeping, and great mourning. Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”
When Herod was dead, behold, an angel of Yahweh appeared in a dream to Yosef in Egypt, saying, “Arise, and take the young child and His mother and go into the land of Israel. For they are dead which sought the young child’s life.” And he arose, and took the young child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judah in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither. Notwithstanding being warned of Yahweh in a dream he turned aside into the parts of Galilee and dwelt in a city called Nazareth. Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.
When Yahshua was twelve years old they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the Passover Feast. When they had fulfilled the days, as they returned Yahshua tarried behind in Jerusalem which Yosef and His mother knew not. But they, supposing Him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey. And when they sought Him among kinsfolk and acquaintance they found Him not so they turned back again to Jerusalem seeking Him.
It came to pass, that after three days they found Him in the Temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. All that heard Him were astonished at His understanding and His answers.
When, they saw Him, they were amazed. His mother said to Him, “Son, why have yalt thus with us? Behold your father and I have sought you sorrowing.” And He said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Do you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?”
They did not understand the saying which He spoke to them. But His mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Yahshua increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with Yahweh and man.